St. Louis Cardinals defeat Pittsburgh Pirates, 2-1

Since sweet dreams really are supposed to be made of this - jaw-dropping and outrageous and perfect beyond your wildest imaginations - then surely this was the epitome of Tony La Russa's sweetest baseball dream in many years.

The manager stood there in the drizzle on the top steps of the Cardinals dugout on this gloomy Thursday afternoon at Busch Stadium, mesmerized by this absolute thing of baseball beauty:

Chris Carpenter was out there on the hill again, tossing all t...