News, Notes and Historical Information on the St. Louis Cardinals
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April 30, 1926 at Wrigley Field
Cubs 10, Cardinals 9 (8-8)
The Cardinals slipped to .500 after they lost to the Cubs in a wild game. As late as the eighth inning, the Cardinals had a four run lead (9-5) but the Cubs tied it up with two in the eighth and two in the ninth to send the game into extra frames. Then the Cubs handed the Cardinals their third straight extra inning loss of the season when they scored in the bottom of the eleventh.
Cards starter Allen Sothoron only lasted three and a third innings and he gave up five runs on six hits with two walks. Art Reinhart didn’t far much better in relief. He threw the final seven innings and gave up five runs on twelve hits.
One of the things I really love to do, especially when I’m bored at work, is to search the Web for new sports blogs. I’m always amazed at the sheer volume of sports blogs out there. Any kind of sports topic you can think of has a blog out there for it. From MLB blogs like this one, the Red Sox, the Yankees or any major league baseball team, to NHL, NBA and NFL blogs too. There’s NCAA blogs, Final Four blogs, NASCAR blogs, and almost anything you can think of. I just have a good time reading what other regular folks think about the teams, players and games of the world of sports. And I also love to find cheap St. Louis Cardinals tickets and catch a Cards game every once in a while too.
Anyway, I’m proud to be able to count the St. Louis Cardinals as a recent World Series winner, along with the Boston Red Sox and the Chicago White Sox. I can’t wait to get my hands on a pair of Cardinals playoff tickets. And when the baseball season is over, I turn my attention to trying to grab St. Louis Rams football tickets or St. Louis Blues hockey tickets. There’s nothing quite like attending a pro sports game. Finally, here’s a great place online for St. Louis tickets brokers which will guide in finding a game, show, or concert to buy tickets for. There’s never a time without something to do in St. Louis.
April 29, 1926 at Wrigley Field
Cubs 6, Cardinals 5 (8-7)
The Cubs topped the Cardinals at Wrigley Field despite a late inning surge by the Red Birds. The Cubs jumped out to a 4-1 lead and the Cardinals answered with a run in the sixth and seventh to cut it to a single run and then the Cardinals took the lead with two runs in the top of the seventh. The Cubs then tied it up in the bottom half of the inning and then took the lead for good with another run in the bottom of the eighth. The final run of the game came on reliever Duster Mails throwing error after he fielded a bunt.
The Cardinals used four pitchers and they combined to give up six runs on ten hits.
April 28, 1926 at Crosley Field
Cardinals 5, Reds 3 (8-6)
The Cardinals came back to top the Reds and avoided their first sweep of the season. The Reds had a 3-1 lead until the Cardinals tied it up in the seventh with two runs. Then in the top of the ninth, Bob O’Farrell hit a two run homer to give the Cardinals the late lead and the win.
You have to love a series like this. I know it’s not as dramatic as Cardinals vs. Cubs, but it’s nice to run into a bad team now and then, especially if you convert like you should and sweep them.
On Monday, Chris Carpenter improved to 3-1. He gave up a number of hits (eight) in six innings but only two Pirates crossed the plate. Albert Pujols hit his league leading twelth homerun of the season and So Taguchi had three singles and two RBIS. Hector Luna drove in two runs with two singles.
It was Jeff Suppan’s turn on Tuesday, and he picked up his first win of the season. Suppan gave up three unearned runs on four hits in seven innings of work. Brandon Looper did his job in the eighth, and then Jason Isringhausen pitched a scoreless ninth to pick up his sixth save of the season. Juan Encarnacion finally had a good game and he came a single short of hitting for the cycle. He drove in four runs and Pujols scored twice. Luna continued to hit the ball well and he had three hits and a run.
There was plenty of drama in today’s game. The Cardinals jumped out to a 2-0 lead on RBI singles by Scott Spiezio and Aaron Miles. Craig Wilson hit a two run homerun to tie things up for the Pirates, but the Cardinals answered in the fifth and took the lead back on Encarnancion’s sac. fly. Then Jose Hernandez tied the game up with a solo homerun off of Jason Isringhausen in the top of the ninth to tie the game up.
Pujols again came through for the Cardinals and in the bottom of the ninth. He singled home David Eckstein to win the game. Eckstein scored three of the four Cardinals runs, and five different Cardinals had two hits. Mark Mulder walked five and gave up five hits in 7 2/3 innings. Isringhausen picked up the win despite blowing his second save of the season.
The Cardinals host another weak team this weekend. The Nationals come to town for four games, and anything less then a split would be disappointing. I’m hoping the Cardinals win all four and move into the top spot in the NL Central where they belong.
April 26, 1926 at Crosley Field
Reds 3, Cardinals 2 (7-6)
The Cardinals scored two runs to open things up in the top of the first inning only to see the Reds score single runs in the eighth and ninth innings to send the game into extra frames. The Reds then didn’t waste much time and put the game away when Curt Walker drove home the winning run with a single.
Rogers Hornsby singled and doubled and scored one of the runs. Heinie Mueller doubled and scored the other. Walt Huntzinger had a shutout through seven innings, but he ended up taking the loss and gave up three runs on seven hits and five walks with two strikeouts.
April 25, 1926 at Crosley Field
Reds 4, Cardinals 0 (7-5)
For the second time already this year, the Cardinals were shutout and it happened this time despite the Cardinals outhitting the Reds. The game was tight through six innings (1-0) but the Reds opened the game up with three runs in the seventh.
April 24, 1926 at Forbes Field
Cardinals 9, Pirates 3 (7-4)
The Cardinals won their second straight series against the defending World Series champs and they ran the score up in the process. Pirates starter Ray Kremer only lasted one inning and the Cardinals scored four runs in the top of first inning.
Rhem went the distance and he gave up only three runs on four hits. He walked three and struck out two.
This is the Cardinals we all have gotten used to the past few years. On Friday, we got it all. Albert Pujols went deep and Mark Mulder had a nice start. Mulder gave up three runs on five hits with five strikeouts in eight innings. Pujols went two for five with four RBIs. It was also nice to see Jim Edmonds homer again after missing a few starts. All nine Cardinal runs were scored by each of the nine starters.
Saturday was just as good. Albert Pujols drove in two of the Cardinals four runs and Sidney Ponson did his best Chris Carpenter imitation. Ponons gave up a single run on six hits and four walks. The pen was phenomonal. Adam Wainwright, Brandon Looper and Jason Isringhausen combined to throw four perfect innings.
Yesterday, the Cardinals couldn’t finish up the sweep. Greg Maddux is putting up numbers like he did ten years ago, and Sunday was no differently. It also didn’t help that Jason Marquis was roughed up. He gave up seven runs (four earned) on seven hits and two walks in six innings. Backup catcher Gary Bennett drove in two runs and Scot Rolen went three for three.
As it stands, the Cardinals are two games back of first place Houston and they’re a half game back of second place Cincinnati (huh?). The last place Pirates come to town so anything less then two of three will cost the Cardinals. As usual, a sweep would be nice.
April 23, 1926 at Forbes Field
Pirates 3, Cardinals 2 (6-4)
The Cardinals couldn’t come back from Pie Traynor’s three run in the park homer in the first inning. Syl Johnson threw seven shutout innings to close out the game but unfortunately it wasn’t enough and he took the loss.
Rogers Hornsby tripled and scored on Jim Bottomley’s double in the bottom of the sixth. Bottomley later scored to cut the deficit down to a single run, but that was all the scoring that the Cards could manage.
April 22, 1926 at Forbes Field
Cardinals 5, Pirates 3 (6-3)
The Cardinals seemed to have the Pirates number regardless of where they played. 35,000 Pirates fans showed up for the defending champs’ home opener only to see the home team lose in extra frames.
Vic Keen picked up the win and threw all ten innings. He gave up ten hits and two walks.
April 20, 1926 at Sportsman’s Park
Cubs 7, Cardinals 0 (5-3)
The Cardinals were held to five hits and they dropped the series finalle to the Cubs. Rogers Hornsby doubled and singled to account for most of the Cardinals offense.
Art Reinhart was hit hard and gave up seven runs on twelve hits. Four of those runs came in the top of the ninth. He walked two and struck out two.
What a game this afternoon. Chris Carpenter was in Cy Young form and Jim Edmonds made his triumphant comeback after missing four games with a sore shoulder (outside of pinch hitting yesterday). Carpenter threw eight shutout innings and gave up only two hits and Jason Isringhausen held the Pirates scoreless in the ninth to complete the shutout. Edmonds drove in three of the Cardinals four runs and hit his second homerun of the season. He’s still below the Mendoza line, hitting .186, but a few more games like this and everything will be just fine. David Eckstein also had a nice game. He went two for four with his first homerun of the season, one RBI and two runs. The only other Cardinal to get a hit was Aaron Miles, so this was definitely a three man show. Pujols was held in check and walked three times.
The Cardinals got some solid pitching in the first game of the series as well. Jason Marquis gave up a run on three hits in eight innings of work. Isringhausen did his job in the ninth and he picked up his fourth save of the season. Albert Pujols was the offense in this game. His two run homerun in the first inning was all the Cardinals needed to beat the Pirates with that strong pitching.
Yesterday’s game was the exception to a nice series. The Pirates pummelled Jeff Suppan and the Cardinals bullpen. Suppan was pulled in the third and gave up eight runs on eight hits and three walks. Josh Hancock and Ricardo Rincon also gave up a pair of runs in the blow out loss.
Albert Pujols did hit his league leading tenth homerun of the season. David Eckstein and Aaron Milles both had two hits. Oddly, Suppan walked in only his plate appearance and scored on David Eckstein’s double.
The Cardinals come home to play the Cubs this weekend. We need some revenge after the sweep earlier in the month. In addition, the division is very tight right now so ever series against an NL Central opponent is important. I just hope the Cardinals will put the off day to good use and get some rest.
April 19, 1926 at Sportsman’s Park
Cubs 5, Cardinals 4 (5-2)
It took fourteen innings, but the Cardinals finally lost and snapped their four game winning streak. They had a 3-2 lead heading into the ninth when the Cubs tied it up. Each team scored a run in the eleventh to keep the game going and it was the Cubs who finally broke the stalemate with a run in the top of the fourteenth inning.
Walt Huntzinger threw all fourteen innings for the Cardinals. He gave up five runs on eight hits and six walks and he struck out one.
April 18, 1926 at St. Louis
Cardinals 10, Cubs 5 (5-1)
The Cardinals ran up the score on the Cubs en route to their fourth straight win. Every Cardinal in the lineup had a hit except for Chick Hafey and every Cardinal scored except for Flint Rhem. Bob O’Farrell and Heinie Mueller each had three hits and Mueller and Ray Blades scored twice.
Rhem improved to 2-0 on the season. He gave up five runs on five hits and two walks with four strikeouts.
April 17, 1926 at Sportsman’s Park
Cardinals 3, Cubs 2 (4-1)
The Cardinals won their third straight game in a tight contest with the Cubs. The Cubs jumped out to a quick one run lead in the first inning, but the Cardinals answered with two runs in the bottom half of the inning. The Cubs tied it up with a run in the seventh, but the Cardinals put the game away when Les Bell drove home Heinie Mueller with a double in the eighth.
Bill Sherdel picked up the win. He gave up two runs on eight hits and he struck out three.
April 16, 1926 at Sportsman’s Park
Cardinals 3, Pirates 2 (3-1)
The Cardinals came from behind to beat the Pirates and they won their four game series over the defending world champs. With the Cardinals down 2-1 in the bottom of the ninth and with the bases loaded, Ray Blades was hit by a pitch and drove home the tying run and then Jake Flowers scored the winning run on Heinie Mueller’s single.
April 15, 1926 at Sportsman’s Park
Cardinals 2, Pirates 0 (2-1)
Vic Keen threw a five hit shuout over the Pirates today and ensured the Cardinals of at least a split with the Pirates in their four game series. Keen walked three and struck out two. Keen also helped out his own cause by scoring one of the two runs scored by the Cards.
April 14, 1926 at Sportsman’s Park
Pirates 10, Cardinals 3 (1-1)
The Pirates ran up the score on four different Cardinals pitchers in the Cardinals’ first loss of the season. The Pirates scored their runs in bunches. They scored four in the fifth then five in the eighth to complete the blowout.
The scariest moment of the game came in the third inning, when Pirates catcher Earl Smith hit a comebacker at Cardinals starter Jesse Haines and hit him on the instep of his foot. Fortunately x-rays were negative but it looked like the starter would be out for two to the weeks while the severe contusion healed.
Monday was a historic event. The Cardinals opened up their new stadium and in the process, they snapped a three game losing streak. With the Cards up 4-2, Mark Mulder helped out his own cause by hitting a two run homerun in the seventh inning. Those two runs ended up being the difference because the Brewers scored two in the top of the ninth. Albert Pujols hit a solo homerun and Mulder finished the game by going two for three with two RBIs and two runs. He also picked up the win. He gave up two runs on seven hits and one walk with five strikeouts in eight innings. Jason Isringhausen struggled in the ninth but he earned his third save of the season.
On Wednesday, Jim Edmonds had a bases loaded clearing double and eventually scored on the play after two errors. The three RBIs doubled his season total to six. David Eckstein, Juan Encarnancion and Edmonds all scored twice. Jason Marquis improved to 2-0 and gave up three runs on seven hits in six innings.
This afternoon, the Cards suffered their first home loss of the season. The Cardinals came back from a 3-1 deficit and tied the game in the sixth inning. Neither team scored and the game went into extra frames. Then Carlos Lee homered in the top of the eleventh to win the game for the Brewers. A solid start by Jeff Suppan went to waste with the lack of run support and Jason Isringhausen continued to struggle and gave up the Lee homerun. He dropped to 0-2 on the season.
Cincinnati rolls into town tomorrow in what will be the Cards third straight series against a division rival. The Reds have actually played well out of the box here this year. It’ll be Chris Carpenter against Aaron Harang tomorrow.
April 13, 1926 at Sportsman’s Park
Cardinals 7, Pirates 6 (1-0)
Jim Bottomley and Rogers Hornsby powered the Cardinals to a win in their home opener over the defending World Series champs. Bottomley hit the only homerun of the game, a three run shot in the fifth inning that gave the Cardinals a 6-0 lead. Hornsby went three for three with a double and two runs.
Flint Rhem went the distance despite a rough end to the game. He gave up runs in each of the last four innings and the Pirates came only one run short from completing a big comeback. Rhem gave up nine hits and five walks and he struck out two.
The only thing worse then getting swept is getting swept by the Cubs. Things got off to a rough start on Friday when Greg Maddux shut down the Cardinals’ bats. In all, the Cards only managed four hits in the series opener and the lone run was scored on Jim Edmond’s solo homerun, his first dinger of the season. More on Edmonds in a second.
On Saturday, we still couldn’t get the bats going. We actually took the lead in sixth inning, but that was mostly because of a throwing error by rookie Ronny Cedeno. In all, the Cardinals could only manage two runs on five hits despite the Cubs making three errors. A solid start by Chris Carpenter went to waste. Michael Barrett hit a two run shot off of Josh Hancock to tie the game up then Derek Lee hit a solo shot off of Brad Thomspon to give the Cubs the lead.
Last night’s game was ugly. The Cardinals had a 2-0 and a 4-3 lead in the game but the Cubs opened things up in the eighth inning with five runs. Again it was the pen, and this time it was a reliable reliever. Jason Isringhausen gave up four runs on two hits and two walks without getting a single batter out. Ricardo Rincon didn’t fare much better. He was credited with a single run in only 1/3 of an inning.
Scot Rolen hit his second homerun of the season and went three for four with two RBIs. Albert Pujols drove in two runs, and Hector Luna had two hits.
Two things have troubled me so far this season. The first is the bullpen. Out starters are 2-1 while our pen is already 1-2. And it’s happening when three of our five starter have sub-4.00 ERA’s. The other thing that’s troubling is Jim Edmonds horrible start. He’s hitting .174 with nine strikeouts in 23 at bats. He’s the guy that’s there to keep pitchers honest when Pujols comes to bat, and so far he hasn’t gotten the job done.
The Cardinals open up their new stadium against a red hot Milwaukee Brewers team. Hopefully the (new) friendly confines will get the Cardinals back on track.
Three games, three wins. It doesn’t get much better then that. The Cardinals scored all four of their runs in the fifth inning and after a shaky start, Jason Marquis calmed down and threw a nice game. The pen was even better. Four relievers combined to throw 3 2/3 innings of no hit ball.
Last year, my favorite book was The Hardball Times Baseball Annual 2006. Great stuff from beginning to end and I still find myself flipping through the stats section from time to time. This year’s early contender is the Cardinals Journal, which I just got today. Over 750 pages of Cardinals history, this is simply an amazing book. The book goes all the way back to 1882 covers every season up through 2005. Awesome stuff. I also picked up Alex Belth’s book on Curt Flood, Stepping Up.
Game number one was a blow out. This one was about as close as you could you get. And the Cardinals almost ran themselves out of the game. With the game tied 3-3 in the top of the ninth, Albert Pujols drew a lead off walk. Tom Gordon struck Jim Edmonds out, then with Scott Rolen at bat, Pujols went for the steal. Mike Lieberthal threw the ball into the outfield and Pujols took third. It looked like a certainty that Pujols was going to score but Scott Rolen hit a hard grounder to short. Pujols was going on contact, and he got gunned down at the plate.
Fortunately, Tom Gordon couldn’t find the plate. He gave up another walk, then Yadier Molina came up huge with a single to give the Cards the lead. Isringhausen got into trouble in the bottom of the ninth and even walked two batters in a row to load the bases up, but Mike Lieberthal again helped out the Cards by grounding out to end the game.
Jason Marquis takes the mound for the Cards this afternoon. He’ll be throwing against Cory Lidle.
Albert Pujols is the man. Two for two with two walks, two homeruns, four RBIs and three runs. What a way to kick off the season as the Cardinals destroyed the Phillies 13-5 in the season opener. Scott Rolen hit a grand slam and the Cardinals broke the game open in the fourth inning with eight runs.
Chris Carpenter was a little shaky but he got the win. He gave up four runs on nine hits and a walk with two strikeouts. Ryan Howard and Patt Burrell both too Carpenter deep but by the time that happened, the Cardinals were way out in front.
Mark Mulder gets the start on Wednesday. He’ll be throwing against Bret Myers.
Getting into the playoffs hasn’t been a problem for the Cardinals. They’ve done it five of the last six seasons. The problem’s been bringing home the gold and hopefully this will be the season they finally get over the hump.
The Cardinals do worry me though. They have a ton of question marks with Scott Rolen trying to come back from his injury and Jim Edmonds playing through his. And then there’s Albert Pujols. If anything happens to him….. well, let’s not even bring it up.
And the rotation has holes. Sidney Ponson? I hope he’s picked his game up after a two season slump. Mark Mulder is an injury waiting to happen and we no longer have Matt Morris to rely on.
If Pujols, Edmonds and Rolen can all stay healthy, this a great offensive team. And even if the pitching slips, they should still compete in a division that looks like it’s taken a step down from prior years. The Pirates and Reds are both pretty bad, and neither the Astros nor the Cubs really did much to help themselves out. A lot will depend on what Roger Clemens does, but a good start here in the first couple of months might make that moot.
So I think the Cardinals are going to do it, again. I just hope when the time comes six months from now, they’ll be able to get things done in October. It’ll be the defending Cy Young winner, Chris Carpenter going up against Jon Lieber on Monday.
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