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May 31, 2006

Cardinals Split Doubleheader With Cubs

by @ 7:38 am. Filed under 1926 Cardinals, 1926 Cardinals Diary - May

May 31, 1926 at Wrigley Field
Cardinals 5, Cubs 3  (23-23)

The Cardinals moved back to .500 when they topped the Cubs in the first game of their doubleheader.  Hi Bell threw a solid game and picked up the win.  He gave up three runs on eleven hits and four walks with three strikeouts.

Taylor Douthit had three hits in the game and Jim Bottomley went two for five with a run.  Bob O’Farrell had a great game as well.  He went four for five with run.

May 31, 1926 at Wrigley Field
Cubs 8, Cardinals 7  (23-24)

The Cardinals lost a back and forth game in the second game of their doubleheader with the Cubs.  The two teams were tied as they headed into the eighth inning.  The Cardinals jumped out to a 5-3 lead when they scored two runs in the eighth, but the Cubs answered in the bottom half of the inning and scored five.  The Cardinals then rallied and scored two in the ninth, but they couldn’t get that next run to send the game into extra frames.

Bill Hallahan took the loss and he was responsible for most of the damage in that eighth inning.  Jim Bottomley homered and scored two runs and Rogers Hornsby went one for four with two runs.  Les Bell had three hits and he scored a run.

May 30, 2006

Rogers Hornsby Leads Cardinals to Win Over Cubs

by @ 7:35 am. Filed under 1926 Cardinals, 1926 Cardinals Diary - May

May 30, 1926 at Wrigley Field
Cardinals 5, Cubs 2  (22-23)

The Cardinals got a change of scenery and in the process, snapped their four game losing streak with a tight win over the Cubs.  The game was tied at 2-2 until the Cardinals scored one in the fifth.  The Cards then opened things up and scored two runs in the eighth to put the game away.

Rogers Hornsby had a huge game.  He went three for four with a homerun and two runs.  Taylor Douthit and Tommy Thevenow both had two hits and a run.  Flint Rhem picked up another win with a solid start.  He gave up only two runs on seven hits with one strikeout.

Cardinals Drop Two of Three To Padres

by @ 2:29 am. Filed under 2006 Season

This is a little late, but so goes the holiday weekend.  The Cardinals were Red(bird) hot, but the Padres cooled them off a little on the west coast.

On Friday, Jeff Suppan couldn’t get the job done and by the end of the third inning, the Cards were down 6-1.  Suppan dropped to 5-4 and Albert Pujols (go figure) drove in the only Cards run.

On Saturday, we had the return of Sidney Ponson, and Ponson did just enough to win this one.  He gave up two runs on seven hits with four strikeouts over five innings and he improved to a still perfect 4-0.  The Padres did tag Adam Wainwright for a run in the sixth to make it 4-3, but that would be the extent of the scoring.  Scot Rolen went two for four with two RBIs and a run to lead the way on offense.

Sunday was a brutal game for the pitching.  It was a very solid pitching matchup with Mark Mulder going up against Jake Peavy but a huge inning by both teams in the fifth inning blew this game apart.  The Cards scored five in the top of the fifth while the Padres answered with eight.  Mulder dropped to 5-3 and Albert Pujols hit his 25th homerun of the season.  The final was 10-8.

Houston comes to town for a three game series, and since I’m writing this on Tuesday, we already know the Cards took the first game and they’ve extended their lead to a comfortable five games.

May 29, 2006

Cardinals Swept by Reds, Lose Fourth Straight Game

by @ 7:33 am. Filed under 1926 Cardinals, 1926 Cardinals Diary - May

May 29, 1926 at Crosley Field
Reds 3, Cardinals 1  (21-23)

The Cardinals were swept by the Reds as they dropped their fourth straight game.  This time the Cardinals couldn’t get their bats going.  They scored only one run on five hits the entire game, and their one run didn’t come until the ninth inning.

Wattie Holm had two hits and Tommy Thevenow scored the only Cardinals’ run.  Vic Keen threw seven solid innings but he took the loss.  He gave up all three runs on nine hits.

May 28, 2006

Cardinals Embarassed by Reds In Blowout Loss

by @ 7:29 am. Filed under 1926 Cardinals, 1926 Cardinals Diary - May

May 28, 1926 at Crosley Field
Reds 12, Cardinals 4  (21-22)

The Cardinals dropped their third straight game with a blowout loss against the Reds.  The Reds turned the tables on the Cardinals and like two games in their previous series in St. Louis, the Reds scored seven runs in the seventh to blow the game open.

Bill Hallahan was hit hard as was Jesse Haines. Douthit went two for five with two runs and Hallahan and Rogers Hornsby both had two hits.

May 27, 2006

Reds Sweep Doubleheader Over Cardinals With Two One Run Wins

by @ 7:24 am. Filed under 1926 Cardinals, 1926 Cardinals Diary - May

May 27, 1926 at Crosley Field
Reds 4, Cardinals 3  (21-20)

The Reds ended the Cardinals three game winning streak in the first game of their doubleheader after they broke a 2-2 tie with two runs in the eighth.  Les Bell hit a homerun and Ray Blades went three for five with a run.

Bill Sherdel threw a good game but he took the loss.  He gave up four runs on nine hits and two walks.

May 27, 1926 at Crosley Field
Reds 2, Cardinals 1  (21-21)

In a complete reversal of their series in St. Louis, the Cardinals and Reds got into another pitcher’s dual in the second game of their doubleheader.  Syl Johnson was good, but Red’s starter Carl Mays was even better in the 2-1 loss.

Jim Bottomley tripled and scored the only run of the game for the Cardinals.  Rogers Hornsby and Les Bell both had two hits in the game.

May 26, 2006

Cardinals Finish Home Stand With Sweep of Reds

by @ 7:20 am. Filed under 1926 Cardinals, 1926 Cardinals Diary - May

May 26, 1926 at Sportsman’s Park
Cardinals 8, Reds 5  (21-19)

The Cardinals finished their sweep of the Reds and in the process, won for the ninth time in eleven games.  Once again they needed a seven run eighth inning to pick up the win.  The Reds led most of the game until that big inning.  Bob O’Farrell and Heinie Mueller both went deep for the Cardinals.

Flint Rhem started but didn’t get the decision.  Eddie Dyer picked up the win after he pitched two no hit innings to close out the game.

This series finale ended a 21 game homestand by the Cardinals.  Next up was a nearly three week road trip and their first stop was in Cincinnati to face the Reds again.

May 25, 2006

Cardinals Remain Hot, Top Reds With Nine Runs

by @ 7:17 am. Filed under 1926 Cardinals, 1926 Cardinals Diary - May

May 25, 1926 at Sportsman’s Park
Cardinals 9, Reds 7  (20-19)

The Cardinals pushed themselves above .500 for the first time in almost a month with their second straight win over the Reds.  It was another high scoring game, but this time it was without the late inning comeback.  The Cardinals scored three runs in the first inning and never trailed the rest of the way despite the Reds trying to nip at their heels.

Jake Flowers and Ray Blades both hit homeruns for the Cardinals.  Taylor Douthit continued to hit the ball well and he went three for four with three runs.  Blades scored three times and Rogers Hornsby went two for three with a run.

Vic Keen was roughed up but he picked up the win.  He gave up seven runs on twelve hits and three walks with four strikeouts.

May 24, 2006

Albert Pujols Continues to Hit in Cardinals Series Win Over Giants

by @ 5:31 pm. Filed under 2006 Season

Barry Bonds might be stuck at 714, but Albert Pujols continues to amaze.  I’m still kind of floored that pitchers continue to challenge him.  He’s on pace for around 150 walks, and while that’s impressive, it’s nowhere near what Bonds was drawing in his MVP years.

Things didn’t start off all that great in this series though.  Mark Mulder left the game after six innings down only 3-1 but the pen got hit hard and the Giants scored six runs in the eighth inning.  Mulder dropped to 5-2 on the season.

Yesterday, the Cards got back on track.  Albert Pujols set the stage with a three run shot in the first inning.  It was his 23rd of the season as he continues to hit homeruns at a record pace.  Juan Encarnacion also had a nice game.  He went two for five with three RBIs.  Jason Marquis picked up the win.  He gave up five runs on six hits and one walk in 8 1/3 innings.  Jason Isringhausen got the final two outs to notch his 15th save of the season.

This afternoon’s game ended up a blow out but it started out close.  The Giants were actually up 4-3 but the Cards took the lead in the sixth with two runs.  Then the Cards tacked on four more runs in the seventh to put the game.  Pujols didn’t go yard but he did have two hits.  Adam Wainwright and So Taguchi both hit their first homeruns of the season.

The Reds have won a few games recently, but they’re down to the Brewers by four runs late in the game.  If they lose, we’ll have a nice four game cushion heading into a three game weekend series in San Diego against the Padres.

Cardinals Blow Out National League Leading Reds

by @ 7:13 am. Filed under 1926 Cardinals, 1926 Cardinals Diary - May

May 24, 1926 at Sportsman’s Park
Cardinals 11, Reds 6  (19-19)

This game looked like it was over early.  The National League leading Reds scored four runs in the first inning and Allen Sothoron was pulled without getting a single batter out.  The Reds added two more in the third and the Cardinals found themselves down by six runs.

They didn’t give up though.  They picked away at the lead with two runs in the sixth.  Then they scored two more in the seventh to make it a two run game.  Then in the top of the eighth, the Cardinals busted out and scored seven runs to put the game away.  Les Bell homered and Taylor Douthit went three for five with a run.  Heinie Mueller and Tommy Thevenow both scored twice.

Jesse Haines picked up the win and pitched a shutout eighth inning.  You also have to give the bullpen some credit.  The Reds didn’t score in the final six frames and that allowed the Cards to mount a comeback.

May 23, 2006

Phillies Get to Cards Pitchers Early, End Cardinals Three Game Winning Streak

by @ 7:06 am. Filed under 1926 Cardinals, 1926 Cardinals Diary - May

May 23, 1926 at Sportsman’s Park
Phillies 7, Cardinals 5  (18-19)

The Cardinals didn’t stay at .500 for very long as they dropped their series finale to the Phillies 7-5.  The Phillies jumped all over starter Walt Huntzinger and by the end of two innings, he was out of the game and the Phillies had four runs.  In all, Rogers Hornsby used four pitchers in the game.

Jake Flowers hit the only homerun for the Cardinals when he pinch hit in the seventh inning.  Jim Bottomley was the only Cardinal to have two hits and all five runs were scored by five different Cardinals.

Phillies Get to Cards Pitchers Early, End Cardinals Three Game Winning Streak

by @ 7:06 am. Filed under 1926 Cardinals, 1926 Cardinals Diary - May

May 23, 1926 at Sportsman’s Park
Phillies 7, Cardinals 5  (18-19)

The Cardinals didn’t stay at .500 for very long as they dropped their series finale to the Phillies 7-5.  The Phillies jumped all over starter Walt Huntzinger and by the end of two innings, he was out of the game and the Phillies had four runs.  In all, Rogers Hornsby used four pitchers in the game.

Jake Flowers hit the only homerun for the Cardinals when he pinch hit in the seventh inning.  Jim Bottomley was the only Cardinal to have two hits and all five runs were scored by five different Cardinals.

May 22, 2006

Cardinals Win Third Straight Game on Rogers Hornsby Day

by @ 7:02 am. Filed under 1926 Cardinals, 1926 Cardinals Diary - May

May 22, 1926 at Sportsman’s Park
Cardinals 9, Phillies 2  (18-18)

The Cardinals won their third straight game over the Philies on Rogers Hornsby Day at Sportsman’s Park.  Hornsby didn’t disappoint the hometown crowd and he went two for four in the Cardinals’ win.

Ray Blades and Taylor Douthit both hit homeruns in the seventh inning.  Tommy Thevenow went two for two with three runs and Bob O’Farrell scored twice.

Bill Sherdel had a nice start and pitched seven shutout innings to open up the game.  He finished the game and gave up two runs on nine hits and three walks with three strikeouts.

May 21, 2006

Cardinals Continue to Roll With Sweep Over Royals, Albert Pujols Homers in Each of the Three Games

by @ 3:29 pm. Filed under 2006 Season

It’s almost like an inherent advantage when the Kansas City Royals are your interleague rivals.  I know a lot of people point to this scheduling fluke and say it’s unfair, but when you have series like Cubs/White Sox and Yankees/Mets, it’s hard to say it’s a bad thing.

Regardless, the Cardinals have now won their fifth straight game and they’re only a half game back of the Tigers (huh?) for the best record in baseball.  Oddly, the one game I thought we’d have the least troubles with was Friday’s game with Chris Carpenter on the mound, but this was the game where we had to comeback.  The Royals jumped out to a 5-0 lead, but the Cardinals broke out and scored four in the fourth and five in the fifth to take the lead for good.  Carpenter picked up the win despite giving up six runs and Adam Wainwright picked up his first career save.  Albert Pujols hit his 20th homerun of the season and both he and Scot Rolen drove in two runs in the 9-6 win.

On Saturday, Anthon Reyes started his first game of the season (only his second major league start) and he got the job done.  He threw 5 2/3 shutout innings and gave up only four hits in the 4-2 win.  Five relievers then finished the game out with Isringhausen picking up the save.  Albert Pujols 21st homerun of the season was a three run shot and it was the difference in the game. 

Today, the Cards continued the beat down.  Pujols homered again to bring his season total up to 22 and the Cardinals broke the game open with five runs in the seventh inning.  The final was 10-3.  Pujols now has a league leading 54 RBIs and he’s scored 46 runs.  This is truly going to be a historic season for the Prince Albert.

The Cardinals travel to San Francisco to take on a streaking San Francisco Giants.  They’ve won four of their last five games and they’re up 6-0 in their game this afternoon.  Regardless, we now have the largest lead (four games) of any other first place team in baseball, so hopefully we’ll be able to extend that cushion with some more wins.

Cardinals Run Up Score on Phillies With Late Inning Surge

by @ 6:59 am. Filed under 1926 Cardinals, 1926 Cardinals Diary - May

May 21, 1926 at Sportsman’s Park
Cardinals 12, Phillies 4, (17-18)

This game was actually close for a while before the Cardinals blew the game open in the seventh inning.  The Phillies jumped out to an early lead with three runs in the first inning, but by the bottom of the seventh, the Cardinals had tied them up 4-4.  Then the Red Birds exploded for seven runs in the seventh inning to put the game away.  It was the Cardinal’s fourth win in five games.

Taylor Douthit, Rogers Hornsby (who was back from his foot injury), Heinie Mueller and Bob O’Farrell all scored two runs.  Douthit and O’Farrell had three hits a piece.

Flint Rhem pitched six scoreless innings to close out the game.  He gave up four runs on four hits with three walks and four strikeouts.

May 20, 2006

Vic Keen Holds Phillies to Five Hits in Cardinals Win

by @ 6:57 am. Filed under 1926 Cardinals, 1926 Cardinals Diary - May

May 20, 1926 at Sportsman’s Park
Cardinals 4, Phillies 1  (16-18)

The Cardinals evened their series up with the Phillies behind some strong pitching and a Les Bell homerun.  Bell’s two run shot in the bottom of the second gave the Cardinals all the runs they needed.  Heinie Mueller had a hit, a stolen base and two runs in the game.

Vic Keen was very solid and yielded only a single run on five hits.  He struck out four and didn’t walk a single batter.

May 19, 2006

Phillies Man Handle Cardinals, Rogers Hornsby Leaves Game With Injured Foot

by @ 6:51 am. Filed under 1926 Cardinals, 1926 Cardinals Diary - May

May 19, 1926 at Sportsman’s Park
Phillies 6, Cardinals 2  (15-18)

The Philadelphia Phillies snapped the Cardinals three game winning streak behind some strong pitching by Hal Carlson.  The Cardinals were held to only six hits and they didn’t score their two runs untilt he bottom of the ninth inning.  Ray Blades and Taylor Douthit both had two hits and Douthit and pinch hitter Jake Flowers scored the two Cardinals runs.

Jesse Haines had a solid start until the later innings.  Through six, he had only given up two runs, but a pair in both the seventh and the ninth put the game out of reach.  He gave up eleven hits, walked three batters and struck out one.

The Cardinals suffered a blow when Rogers Hornsby was spiked by Carlson as he tried to make a play at second base.  Hornsby left the game with a severely bruised foot and it looked like he’d be out for at least two or three days.

May 17, 2006

Cardinals Finish Sweep Over Braves, Mueller and Bottomley Hit Homeruns

by @ 6:48 am. Filed under 1926 Cardinals, 1926 Cardinals Diary - May

May 17, 1926 at Sportsman’s Park
Cardinals 8, Braves 5  (15-17)

The Cardinals finished their sweep of the Boston Braves, although this was the closest game of the series.  The Cardinals jumped out to an 8-0 but the Braves scared the home town crowd by scoring two in the seventh and three in the eighth to make things close.

Bill Sherdel picked up the win even after the late inning collapse.  He gave up five runs on eleven hits and three walks with one strikeout.

All eight runs were scored by eight different Cardinals.  Ironically, the only player who didn’t score was the leadoff man, Ray BladesHeinie Mueller and Jim Bottomley both went deep while Taylor Douthit and Mueller each had three hits.

May 16, 2006

Four Homeruns Help Cardinals Top Boston Braves

by @ 6:45 am. Filed under 1926 Cardinals, 1926 Cardinals Diary - May

May 16, 1926 at Sportsman’s Park
Cardinals 13, Braves 2  (14-17)

The Cardinals continued to try to inch their way back to .500 with another blowout win over the last place Boston Braves.  Ray Blades, Flint Rhem, Bob O’Farrell and Les Bell all homered for the Cardinals.

Rogers Hornsby and Bell both had three hits and two runs.  In addition to his homerun, Blades also tripled in the game, and Heinie Mueller had a hit, two stolen bases, and two runs.

Rhem picked up the easy win.  He gave up two runs on six hits and a walk with five strikeouts.

May 15, 2006

Cardinals Move Into Sole Possession of First Place With Series Win Over Diamondbacks

by @ 4:17 pm. Filed under 2006 Season

Sole possession of first place is nice.  With the Reds on their current losing streak, the Cardinals were able to mop up and take over the division lead with two wins against the Diamondbacks.  They fell short of a sweep, but you take what you can get.

Jim Edmonds was the hero of Friday’s game.  He broke a 2-2 tie with a two run shot in the bottom of the fifth inning.  Mark Mulder threw a nice game and he improved to 4-1.  He gave up two runs on six hits with six strikeouts in six innings.  Jason Isringhausen gave up a run in the ninth but he held on to pick up the save.

Saturday’s game was ugly in a good way.  The Cardinals hit the ball well and racked up nine runs on fifteen hits.  Then Jason Marquis and the pen held the Diamondbacks to one run on three hits.  Albert Pujols homered for the nineteenth time and he drove in three runs and Scott Rolen hit his fourth homerun and he drove in five runs.  Pujols scored three times and Jim Edmonds finished with two hits, an RBI and two runs.

Yesterday’s game was the one downer.  The Cardinals came back to tie the game with three runs in the sixth only to see the Diamondbacks rack up four runs in the top of the seventh. The Cards tried to mount a comeback with three in the bottom of the seventh but they fell a run short of sending the game into extra frames.

All three runs against Chris Carpenter were unearned runs so his ERA is now at 1.98.  Adam Wainwright took the loss and he dropped to 1-1.  Jim Edmonds extended his hitting streak to ten games and he’s now hitting .274.  He went three for four with two runs.  Each team made three errors in the game.

Regardless, the Reds were swept so the Cards lead is a single game.  A tough but struggling Mets team comes to town for a three game series beginning tomorrow, so hopefully we’ll be able to stay atop the NL Central with a couple of wins.

Cardinals Get to Giants Early in Blowout Win

by @ 6:34 am. Filed under 1926 Cardinals, 1926 Cardinals Diary - May

May 15, 1926 at Sportsman’s Park
Cardinals 12, Braves 7  (13-17)

The Cardinals ran up the score on the last place Braves.  By the end of the first inning, the Cardinals had four runs.  By the end of the third, they had scored ten runs. 

Vic Keen picked up the win but he must have been pitching to the score.  He gave up seven runs on eight hits with five walks.  Heinie Mueller homered and scored three runs while Jim Bottomley and Les Bell both had two hits and two runs.  Rogers Hornsby doubled and scored a run.

May 13, 2006

Giants Run Up Score on Cardinals in Series Finale

by @ 6:32 am. Filed under 1926 Cardinals, 1926 Cardinals Diary - May

May 13, 1926 at Sportsman’s Park
Giants 12, Cardinals 1  (12-17)

The Giants blew the Cardinals out in the final game of their four game series.  The Cardinals used four pitchers and none of them were particularly effective.  Hi Bell took the loss and was only credited with a single inning of work.

Ray Blades scored the only run of the game for the Cardinals.  In total, the Red Birds managed only six hits.

May 12, 2006

Bill Sherdel On the Wrong Side of Pitching Dual

by @ 6:27 am. Filed under 1926 Cardinals, 1926 Cardinals Diary - May

May 12, 1926 at Sportsman’s Park
Giants 2, Cardinals 1  (12-16)

The Cardinals two game winning streak came to an abrupt end when Jimmy Ring outdueled Bill Sherdel on the mound.  Sherdel gave up only two runs on eight hits but Ring was just a touch better and held the Cardinals to a single run.

Les Bell homered and accounted for the lone Cardinals run.  Rogers Hornsby and Jim Bottomley both had two hits in the loss.

May 11, 2006

Cardinals Win Second Straight One Run Game

by @ 6:23 am. Filed under 1926 Cardinals, 1926 Cardinals Diary - May

May 11, 1926 at Sportsman’s Park
Cardinals 6, Giants 5  (12-15)

The Cardinals won back to back games for the first time since mid-April.  Flint Rhem was knocked around but he did just enough to hold on to the win. 

Jim Bottomley homered and Ray Blades doubled twice and scored a run.  Bob O’Farrell singled three times and scored once.

May 10, 2006

Cardinals Continue Winning Ways At Home, Take Two of Three Against Colorado

by @ 5:57 pm. Filed under 2006 Season

The Reds look like they’re going to win tonight, so they’ll move back into first place, just a half game ahead of the Cardinals.  As it stands, the Cardinals have won four of their last five games since losing four in a row, so it’s nice to see them inch their way back up the standings.  And they continue to do it in their new ballpark.  The Cardinals are now 14-5 at home.  Only the White Sox have won as many in front of their hometown fans.

Things didn’t start off too well for the Cardinals.  On Monday, they ran into Jeff Francis, who threw a better game then Cards starter Jason Marquis.  Marquis gave up six runs on ten hits and three walks in six innings and he dropped to 3-4 on the season.  The Cardinals managed only seven hits and no Cardinal had more then a single hit in the 6-2 loss.

The Cardinals didn’t waste much time to win their next game though.  Chris Carpenter threw seven solid innings, but the Cardinals needed the bullpen to pick them up.  Adam Wainwright (who picked up the win) and Jason Isringhausen (save) both threw perfect innings.  Albert Pujols did the bulk of the damage on offense.  He homered and drove in three of the four Cardinals’ runs in the 4-2 win.

In today’s game, the Cardinals jumped all over starter Byung-Hyun Kim.  By the end of five innings, the Cardinals had seven runs, which was all they’d end up needing.  Albert Pujols homered, again.  It’s his eighteenth of the season and he just keeps on going.  Juan Encarnacion also hit a two run shot for the Cards.  Jeff Suppan improved to 4-2 on the season.  He gave up three runs on six hits with seven strikeouts in six innings.  Isringhausen pitched a perfect ninth and he picked up his tenth save of the season. 

The Cardinals get the day off tomorrow, and then they host the Diamondbacks, who have a pretty decent start this season.  So far though, the NL Central has been a tough division so the Cardinals have to just keep on winning.

Ray Blades, Les Bell Homer in Cardinals Win

by @ 5:54 am. Filed under 1926 Cardinals, 1926 Cardinals Diary - May

May 10, 1926 at Sportsman’s Park
Cardinals 5, Giants 4  (11-15)

The Cardinals ended their three game skid with a tight win over the Giants.  They were outhit 10-7, but homeruns by Ray Blades and Les Bell powered the Cardinals to a one run lead.

The Giants made a run at Vic Keen in the eighth but couldn’t tie the game up.  Keen picked up the win and gave up four runs on ten hits with one strikeout. 

May 9, 2006

Cardinals’ Continue to Struggle at the Plate, Drop Third Straight Game

by @ 5:50 am. Filed under 1926 Cardinals, 1926 Cardinals Diary - May

May 9, 1926 at Sportsman’s Park
Robins 3, Cardinals 1  (10-15)

The Cardinals slipped to five games below .500 for the first time this season with a tough loss to the Robins.  The game was tied 1-1, but the Robins scored two runs in the eighth to give them what they needed to win.  Bil Hallahan took the loss and he gave up three runs on six hits with three walks and six strikeouts.

Once again, the Cardinals bats were held in check.  Tommy Thevenow singled twice and the only Cardinals’ run came on a solo homerun by Jim Bottomley.

May 8, 2006

Late Inning Surge By Robins, Second Straight Loss for Cards

by @ 5:42 am. Filed under 1926 Cardinals, 1926 Cardinals Diary - May

May 8, 1926 at Sportsman’s Park
Robins 5, Cardinals 3  (10-14)

The Cardinals continued to struggle and despite racking up eleven hits, they were outscored 5-3.  The Cardinals actually had the lead as the game went into the sixth inning, but two runs in the sixth by the Robins tied things up and then two more in the seventh put the game away.

Art Reinhart took the loss.  Les Bell doubled and scored twice and Rogers Hornsby had two hits.

May 7, 2006

Cardinals Get Back on Track With Sweep Over Marlins

by @ 5:06 pm. Filed under 2006 Season

It’s nice to get a break.  I know any team can beat any other team on any given day, but the good teams usually take care of business against the bad teams.  And the Marlins are a bad team, so it was nice to see the Cardinals take all three games.  Only Saturday’s game ended up being close.

On Friday, the Cardinals did all of their scoring in one inning.  Jeff Suppan and Sergio Mitre each had a shutout going through the first four innings, and then all hell broke loose.  In the top of the fifth, Albert Pujols hit a three run shot, but that didn’t end the rally.  The Cards scored four more runs that inning and by the bottom of the fifth, the Cardinals had a healthy seven run lead.

Jeff Suppan picked up the win and gave up two runs on five hits and three walks with four strikeouts in 8 1/3 innings.  All seven Cardinals’ runs were scored by different players.

On Saturday, the Cardinals jumped all over Dontrelle Willis.  The Cardinals scored single runs in the second and fourth innings, and then they busted the game open with five runs in the fifth inning.  The Marlins scored three in the fifth and then three more in the eighth to make the game close, but the Marlins never could take the lead away from the Cards.

Scot Rolen had another nice game since coming back from his illness.  He went three for five with two runs.  Jim Edmonds, Hector Luna and David Eckstein all had two hits.  Mark Mulder picked up the win.  He gave up three runs on six hits and three walks in six innings.  Jason Isringhausen threw for the first time in over a week and he picked up his eighth save of the season.  His ERA is still blown up from the first loss he took in the first week of the season.

The Cardinals blew out the Marlins today with another big inning.  This time it was the fourth and they scored five runs.  All nine runs were scored by different players.  Albert Pujols had two RBIs and So Taguchi had two hits and two RBIs.  Sidney Ponson threw three shutout innings but he left the game in the fourth with some pain in his elbow, which isn’t good.

The three straight wins have pushed us ahead of the Astros and now we’re just a game back of the Reds.  The Cardinals come home and host the Rockies beginning Monday.  So far this season, the Cardinals have been much better at home where they’re 12-4 (vs. 8-8 on the road).  The Rockies have looked sharp this year so this isn’t the blow off series it might have been in the past, so I’ll be happy with two of three.

Brooklyn Robins Blow Out Cardinals With Big First Inning

by @ 2:56 am. Filed under 1926 Cardinals, 1926 Cardinals Diary - May

May 7, 1926 at Sportsman’s Park
Robins 7, Cardinals 1  (10-13)

The Robins turned the tables on the Cardinals in the second game of their series and blew them out in the process.  The Dodgers scored four runs in the top of the first inning, then knocked Cardinal’s starter Sherdel out in the fifth inning with three more runs. 

Ray Blades scored the only run of the game for the Cards.  He served as a pinch hitter for Jesse Haines in the eighth inning.  Les Bell was the only Cardinal with two hits.

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