ST. LOUIS -- Cubs manager Mike Quade knows his decision to not intentionally walk Albert Pujols in the 12th inning Saturday was a hot topic and dubbed it a "second-guessers' delight." Did he get any sleep after the game, which Pujols won with a walk-off homer?
"No sleep -- first time in a long time," Quade said Sunday. "You put things to bed, so to speak, no pun intended, and I spent a lot of time here thinking about everything. It never went away too good. It's a new day.
"For some of the tough ones we've had, that was a lot worse than the two [losses May 16-17] in Cincinnati for me and I didn't think that would be the case. To have one guy do that to you and the Cubs-Cardinals [rivalry] and all the rest of it [was tough]."
And next time? Quade told pitcher Jeff Samardzija to be careful with Pujols who smacked a 2-1 slider for his second homer of the day and the game-winner. Next time, the Cubs' manager said he'll make sure he's more specific with the pitcher and catcher on what approach they want.
"That's something I learned yesterday," he said.
Pujols had two home runs in May but now has three in the first five days of June, and all have come against the Cubs in this series.
"It's a second-guessers' delight," Quade said. "Do you walk the guy with the bases empty and two outs? This guy is going to have 650 at-bats and have 35 home runs. If it's a damage situation, like when we walked him to load the bases [in the 10th], I'm not interested in that guy beating me there. But that predicament late in the game [in the 12th] with two outs and nobody on the bases is a different deal.
"I'd like to think we'll do a better job attacking him in those situations so it doesn't happen. He can hit a double there. We have to keep him in the ballpark and we didn't."
The Cubs will have to face Pujols one more time Sunday, and then Cincinnati's Joey Votto and Philadelphia's Ryan Howard this week.
"For me to walk a guy with two outs and nobody on, I don't think you'll see that happen very often," Quade said, "and you may not see it happen with [Pujols], especially if there's protection behind him because he's not the only one who can do damage with this club. There's a lot of things you take into consideration."
Lance Berkman, who homered on Friday and hit an RBI single in the sixth, was waiting on deck in the 12th.
"If we walk Pujols and he doesn't beat us with a home run, you still ponder the situation and the decision but you probably get some sleep," Quade said. "Those situations are going to present themselves again and we'll have to see where we go with it."
Lesson learned, Samardzija eager to face Pujols
ST. LOUIS -- Jeff Samardzija had no problems sleeping after Saturday's loss. He has learned to move on.
"He's a heck of a hitter," the Cubs reliever said of Albert Pujols, who hit a game-winning homer off him in Saturday's 5-4 Cardinals win. "Whatever I thought was a good pitch out of the zone to maybe get him to chase, it's just got to be a little more out. That's what you learn."
And Samardzija is eager to apply that lesson in another at-bat against the Cardinals slugger. Samardzija said in the past, he hasn't been able to forget bad outings or bad pitches.
"I can't wait to get to face him again," Samardzija said. "I would love to get in there [Sunday] and see what happens.
"The older I get, the more I play, it's not that you don't take it to heart and remember it or let it affect you, but you have to learn in this game to move on," he said. "You don't want one mistake to culminate in a bunch of mistakes. I feel great. It's just noted. That's the best way to put it. It's unfortunate that has to happen."
After exam, Byrd hopes to ramp up activity level
ST. LOUIS -- Marlon Byrd will see a doctor Monday in Cincinnati to get a "third opinion" on his facial fractures and eye injury, and the Cubs outfielder hopes to be able to do more activity as the week progresses.
Byrd was hit on the left side of his face by a pitch on May 21 by Boston's Alfredo Aceves and suffered multiple facial fractures. He will see doctors recommended by Reds team physician Dr. Timothy Kremchek, who has done past surgeries on the outfielder.
"I just want a third opinion," Byrd said.
He has been playing catch since Wednesday and done so carefully. There's no timetable for his return.
DeWitt's hometown still threatened by floods
ST. LOUIS -- The water is still high around Blake DeWitt's hometown of Sikeston, Mo., located two hours south of Busch Stadium. He was able to take advantage of the Cubs' off-day Thursday and go home to get an update before the series against the Cardinals.
"The water is starting to recede a little bit but there's still a lot of water there," DeWitt said Sunday. "You don't know how long it'll sit there."
The demolition was done to open a breach in the Birds Point levee and relieve some of the pressure caused by spring rains that threatened the southern Illinois town of Cairo, which is several miles due west of Sikeston. By opening the levee, more than 130,000 acres of Missouri farmland were under water. There will be a lot of rebuilding as people living in the area try to deal with the water.
"There's definitely a lot of damage down there," DeWitt said. "You just hope for the best."
Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter@CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.