News, Notes and Historical Information on the St. Louis Cardinals
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June 30, 1926 at Forbes Field
Cardinals 6, Pirates 2 (39-30)
The Cardinals took the first game of an important four game set with the third place Pirates. Ray Blades had a huge game in the win. He went three for four with a homerun, a triple and two runs. Les Bell hit a three run homerun in the top of the ninth to give the Cardinals a bunch of insurance heading into the Pirate’s half of the ninth.
Jesse Haines picked up the win. He gave up two runs on seven hits with two strike outs.
At least the Cardinals finally won, and at least they’re still in first place. What a stretch though and just what the doctor ordered, we have the worst team in all of baseball this weekend. Hopefully the Cardinals can get the job done this weekend against the Royals.
On Monday, Jason Marquis took a tie game into the fifth and got knocked around. He ended up giving up seven runs on nine hits with three homeruns through six strikeouts. So Taguchi and Scott Rolen had three hits and RBI and a run each in the 10-3 loss.
Tuesday was the antithesis of Monday’s game. Cleveland scored two runs in the first off of Anthony Reyes and that’s all they’d need. Reyes ended up giving up two runs on four hits and four walks with three strikeouts. David Eckstein had three of the Cardinals’ six hits and drove in the only run in the 3-1 loss.
Yesterday was the win and boy was it exciting. The Cardinals had a 3-1 lead when the Indians scored three in the eighth to take a one run lead. Then in the ninth, Aaron Miles doubled home So Taguchi to tie the game and then Miles scored on Johnny Peralta’s throwing error. It wasn’t pretty, but it counts as a win. A nice start by Chris Carpenter went to waste and Jason Isringhausen picked up the win (despite blowing the save in the eighth).
Time to turn it up. With the All Star break coming, it’d be nice to give the beat up Cardinals some breathing room so hopefully they’ll do that against the Royals.
June 28, 1926 at Sportsman’s Park
Cubs 11, Cardinals 3 (38-30)
The Cardinals were blown out as they headed into an important set of series against the National League’s best. Vic Keen was shelled and gone without getting a single batter out in the fifth, the inning that the Cubs scored eight of their runs.
The Cardinals scattered three runs on six hits in the game. Billy Southworth had two hits in the game.
June 27, 1926 at Sportsman’s Park
Cubs 5, Cardinals 0 (38-29)
The Cardinals dropped the second game of their doubleheader with the Cubs. Cubs starter Sheriff Blake threw a one hitter and held the Cardinals’ bats in check. Blake struck out ten Cardinals and walked four.
Hi Bell lasted only six innings and he gave up five runs on seven hits. He walked one and struck out three.
June 27, 1926 at Sportsman’s Park
Cardinals 3, Cubs 2 (38-28)
A huge crowd of 37,000 fans came out to see the Cardinals play against their archrivals, the Chicago Cubs. Grover Alexander, who had recently been cut by the Cubs and then picked up by the Cardinals, got some revenge on his former team. He threw ten innings and gave up only two runs on four hits.
June 26, 1926 at Sportsman’s Park
Cardinals 8, Cubs 7 (37-28)
The Cardinals moved into second place in the National League after they edged the Cubs by a single run. The Cardinals overcame a 6-2 deficit when they scored six runs in the bottom of the seventh. Three of those runs came on Rogers Hornsby’s three run homerun.
Ray Blades scored three runs in the leadoff spot, despite getting only one hit. Bill Hallahan picked up the win, but that was more circumstances then anything. In all, the Cardinals used four pitchers that gave up seven runs on fourteen hits.
Not even the return of Albert Pujols has gotten the Cardinals back on track. All I can say is, this Tiger team is for real. Similar to the White Sox, they find a way to win. And it was nice going to head to head with them because these two teams have some tradition. The Cardinals dynasty team in the 1960s pretty much came to an end at the hand of the Tigers in 1968, and it was the Gas House Gang that won an exciting World Series against one of the best Tiger teams ever in 1934.
This is 2006 though, and on Friday, rookie Justin Verlander outdueled the Cy Young winner Chris Carpenter. The big inning was the fifth when the Tigers broke a 3-3 tie and scored four runs to put the game pretty much out of reach. Carpenter gave up seven runs on nine hits with nine strikeouts in seven innings. Albert Pujols was four for four with his 26th homerun of the season. Scott Rolen and Yadier Molina each had three hits.
Yesterday’s game was the heartbreaker. The Cardinals took a 6-4 lead into the bottom of the ninth and Jason Isringhausen blew the save and took the loss. He gave up a two run homerun to Marcus Thames and then Placido Polanco drove home Curtis Granderson for the walk off RBI double. A decent start by Jeff Suppan went to waste and David Eckstein and Scott Spiezio both had two hits and two runs a piece.
Today was just as dissappointing. The Tigers and Cardinals were tied heading into the eighth when Sidney Ponson and two relievers gave up three runs to put the Tigers on top by three. David Eckstein had three hits and Albert Pujols uncharecteristly struck out two times in the game. The only run was scored on Aaron Miles RBI single.
Fortunately, the Reds and the rest of the division haven’t fared much better and the Cardinals still have a two game lead in the NL Central. The Astros haven’t used Roger Clemens return to catapult themselves into contention either and they’re 5 1/2 games back at a game below .500. The Cardinals do come home though to play the Indians. So we get the home field advantage and we play a struggling team, so hopefully we’ll use that to get back on track.
June 24, 1926 at Sportsman’s Park
Cardinals 3, Pirates 3 (36-28)
At the end of nine innings of play, the Cardinals and Pirates were tied at three a piece. Both teams agreed to call the game a tie so the Pirates could catch their train to play in Cincinnati the next day.
Flint Rhem threw eight solid innings and he gave up three runs on five hits. Eight different Cardinals had each of the eight hits in the game and all three Cardinals’ runs were scored in the eighth inning.
June 23, 1926 at Sportsman’s Park
Cardinals 6, Pirates 2 (36-28)
The Cardinals got back on track and player/manager Rogers Hornsby helped out the cause in a huge way. His grand slam in the seventh inning extended the Cardinals lead to five runs, effectively putting things out of reach for the Cardinals.
Jesse Haines had a really nice outing. He gave up two runs on five hits with six walks. Neither side’s pitcher had a strikeout. Hornsby ended the game with three hits, one of which was the grand slam, and two runs.
This was just plain ugly. The Cardinals went to play the World Champs in their own ballpark and the Cardinals left a broken mess. This was just plain brutal.
Mark Mulder kicked things off on Tuesday and he gave up nine runs on ten hits in 2 1/2 innings. Sidney Ponson later gave up six runs in a single inning of work and he even plunked two guys. Chris Duncan homered, but it didn’t matter. Oddly, the Cardinals had sixteen hits, but they stranded 12 runners in the 20-6 loss.
Wednesday was nearly as bad. Jim Edmonds, Tomas Perez and So Taguchi all hit solo shots, but Jason Marquis gave up an incredible 13 runs on 14 hits in five innings. Tony Larussa had to be careful with overusing his pen, so it looked like he hung Jason Marquis out there. In all, he gave up four homeruns.
And what an outing by the rookie Anthony Reyes and what a waste of it by the Cards. One hit. One freaking hit and it just so happened it was a solo shot by Jim Thome. All the Cardinals could muster were four hits and nobody crossed the plate. This game made me just as sick as the 20 run debacle on Tuesday.
And it doesn’t get much easier because we head to Detroit for a three game series. Detroit’s on top of the world right now. They’re playing well, especially in interleague. Hopefully we can get back on track. Oddly, the Tigers have played much better on the road and the Cardinals have done a lot better at home so this one is a toss up. Friday’s match up of Justin Verlander and Chris Carpenter should be a good one though.
June 22, 1926 at Sportsman’s Park
Pirates 3, Cardinals 1 (35-28)
This was the complete opposite of the high scoring game from yesterday. The Cardinals were basically shut down and held to only a single run in their loss to the Pirates.
Jim Bottomley had two hits and Taylor Douthit went two for four with a double and a run. Vic Keen took a tough loss. He gave up only three runs on seven hits one strikeout. Neither team drew a walk the entire game.
June 21, 1926 at Forbes Field
Pirates 13, Cardinals 11 (35-27)
The Cardinals six game winning streak came to an end in a crazy game with the Pirates. The two teams combined for 23 runs and 28 hits, and the Cardinals used six different pitchers in the game. Despite the high number of runs, not a single homerun was hit.
June 20, 1926 at Braves Field
Cardinals 9, Braves 0 (35-26)
The Cardinals won their sixth straight game behind another nice outing by Bill Sherdel. This time it was the Braves that he shutout and he gave up only two hits in the game.
June 19, 1926 at Braves Field
Cardinals 4, Braves 0 (33-26)
The Cardinals continued their way up the standings with their fourth straight win and their ninth win in the last ten games. Jesse Haines threw a gem and held the Braves scoreless. He gave up only seven hits and two walks.
June 19, 1926 at Braves Field
Cardinals 3, Braves 2 (34-26)
The Cardinals won their fifth straight game as they held off a late inning flurry by the Braves. The Cards scored all three of their runs in the third inning while the Braves scored single runs in the eighth and ninth to make things interesting.
This is what I like to see. The Cardinals host the Rockies and sweep the series while the second place Reds get swept in their own ball park. The lead in the central is now a comfy five and a half games and Albert Pujols could be coming back soon. Just what the doctor ordered.
On Friday, Jason Marquis won his ninth game and had a great start. He gave up only one run on five hits and two walks with three strikeouts. Hector Luna drove in two runs and Jim Edmonds went two for four with an RBI and two runs.
Yesterday’s game looked like it was going to be a blowout but the Rockies scored four runs in the final two innings to make it a close 6-5 game. Juan Encarnacion had a monster game with two homeruns and three RBIs and John Rodriguez scored twice. Jeff Suppan won his 100th career game and went 7 2/3 innings.
Chris Carpenter got the job done this afternoon. He gave up one run on seven hits with four strikeouts to improve to 6-3. Jason Isringhausen threw a perfect ninth and he saved his 24th game of the season. So Taguchi scored twice and Scott Rolen homered and drove in two runs.
The Cardinals travel to Chicago to take on the White Sox after a day off tomorrow. The White Sox just got done sweeping the Reds for us, and it’d be awfully nice if they laid down and lost a couple to us.
June 17, 1926 at Braves Field
Cardinals 4, Braves 2 (31-26)
The Cardinals continued to play well and the won the first game of their doubleheader with the Braves with some solid pitching by Flint Rhem. Rhem gave up only two runs on six hits and three walks with three strikeouts.
June 17, 1926 at Braves Field
Cardinals 6, Braves 2 (32-26)
The Cardinals made it three straight wins with a sweep over of their doubleheader over the Braves. Vic Keen got the job done on the mound and just like Rhem, he gave up two runs on six hits. He walked five and struck out one.
Normally I’d be annoyed if the Cardinals lost even one game against the Pirates in a three game series, but in this day and age without Albert Pujols, taking two of three is acceptable. If we win series, we’ll win the division.
Tuesday’s game was pretty exciting. Chris Carpenter struck out 13 over seven innings in the Cardinals 2-1 win. Scott Rolen was key on both Cardinals runs. He drove in the first one, then scored the second in consecutive innings. In the process he went four for four.
You have to feel for Oliver Perez. This was probably his best start of the season, and his team scores one run, and even that was in the ninth inning. Speaking of the ninth, Jason Isringhausen got into trouble and gave up a run, but he buckled down and picked up his 21st save of the season.
Yesterday was the 9-7 loss. Sidney Ponson was roughed up and gave up six runs on seven hits in 3 1/3 innings. Even worse, he blew a 5-3 Cardinals lead. Also blame Thompson out of the pen because he was beat up for three runs in his one inning of work and that ended up being the difference.
Scott Rolen had another big day. He went three for five with a homerun, three runs and three RBIs. Hector Luna and Juan Encarnacio also had three hits.
In today’s game, Mark Mulder did just enough to win. It wasn’t pretty but he improved to 6-4. He gave up four runs on nine hits and two walks in five innings.
Chris Duncan had the big game with the bat for the Cardinals. He went three for four with a run and an RBI. Scott Rolen went one for four with a run and an RBI to cap off a great series. Isringhausen pitched a shutout ninth to pick up his 23rd save of the season.
Colorado comes to town for three games before interleague play starts back up. Two night games and then a Sunday day game. The Cards have been very good in their new stadium, so hopefully we’ll be able to keep it up.
June 15, 1926 at Ebbets Field
Cardinals 4, Robbins 0 (30-26)
The big news of the day was a trade between the Cardinals and Giants. The Cardinals sent Heinie Mueller in exchange for Billy Southworth. The trade ended up being a good one because Southworth finished had an .853 OPS down the stretch for the Cards while Mueller’s was only .733.
June 14, 1926 at Ebbets Field
Robins 8, Cardinals 5 (29-26)
The Brooklyn Robins ended the Cardinals’ six game winning streak and hammered Hi Bell in the early innings. By the end of the second inning, the Robins already had scored five runs. The Cardinals crept back into the game but three more runs by the Robins put the game away.
Hi Bell only lasted 1 1/3 innings. He gave up the five runs on seven hits. Rogers Hornsby had two hits and a run as did Tommy Thevenow. The big play of the game was a triple play in the seventh inning. Thevenow and Jake Flowers singled to start the inning, then Ray Blades hit a hard liner to left field. Rabbit Maranville made the shoe string catch, then fired to second base for two outs. Flowers was running on the play and when he slid into second base, Maranville made the tag to complete the triple play.
Getting swept is never fun and the Reds took us to task earlier this week. Fortunately, the Cardinals were able to put together a decent series this weekend, while the Reds dropped three straight to the Cubs. I usually never have anything nice to say about the Cubs, but I was almost rooting for them this weekend.
Friday was really nice to see. The Brewers scored six runs in the first two innings off of Mark Mulder, and the way this team had been playing, even I gave them up for dead. Two innings later, the Cardinals had a two run lead. In the fifth, they tacked on two more to pad their lead and at this point, it looked like a Cardinals blowout. Scott Spiezio drove in three runs and David Eckstein went three for five with two RBIs and two runs.
On Saturday, it was the Brewers who came from behind to win it. The Cardinals jumped out to 3-0 lead, and the Brewers chipped at it one run at a time. They tied it in the seventh, and then in the eighth, Carlos Lee gave the Brewers their first and only lead of the game. A solid start by Jason Marquis went to waste and Hector Luna had three hits and a run. Scott Rolen hit his seventh homerun of the season.
Today, there was no comeback, but the Cards and Brewers mashed 12 runs into the first four innings. The rest of the game, neither team scored. Jim Edmonds had a two run double and David Eckstein and Scott Rolen both scored twice. Jeff Suppan only lasted four innings and Josh Hancock picked up the win. Jason Isringhausen picked up his 20th save of the season.
Pittsburgh is on deck so hopefully the Cardinals will be able to take care of business. We have a game and a half lead heading into the series, and I fully expect the Cards to still be in first place once they leave Pittsburgh.
June 11, 1926 at the Polo Grounds
Cardinals 10, Giants 2 (29-25)
The Cardinals finished their sweep of the Giants and won their sixth straight game with a blowout. The score was actually close (2-1) until the Cards tacked on four runs in the eighth and four runs in the ninth to blow the game open.
June 10, 1926 at the Polo Grounds
Cardinals 3, Giants 2 (28-25)
The Cardinals made it five straight wins behind a nice pitching performance by ace Flint Rhem. Rhem was stingy and gave up only five hits and he struck out one.
June 9, 1926 at the Polo Grounds
Cardinals 4, Giants 2 (27-25)
The Cardinals won their fourth straight game by edging the Giants in their series opener. Bill Sherdel threw a nice and also benefited from three double plays. He gave up two runs on seven hits in the 4-2 win.
Short on time today, so I’ll leave you to the 1926 Cardinals. Will Carroll covered the Albert Pujols injury and it doesn’t look good. And to make matters worse, the Ken Griffey took us to task yesterday so we now have only a two game cushion. Things aren’t going to get an easier. Our big three have all had something wrong, and the Pujols injury is obviously the worse.
I’ll check back after the Reds series, and hopefully things will have improved.
June 5, 1926 at Baker Bowl
Cardinals 4, Phillies 0 (25-25)
The Cardinals pushed their way back up to .500 and Flint Rhem pitched a shutout in their first game of a double header with the Phillies. Rhem gave up only six hits and three walks and he struck out six. It was Rhem’s ninth win of the season.
The Cards offense did most of their damage in the early innings. They scored two in the first and two more in the second and that was the extent of the scoring for the game. Rogers Hornsby led the way and went two for four with a homerun, two RBIs and a run. Tommy Thevenow and Flint Rhem both had two hits in the game.
June 5, 1926 at Baker Bowl
Cardinals 7, Phillies 4 (26-25)
The Cardinals won their third straight game and in the process, improved to their first winning record since they were 8-7 on April 29. The Cardinals scored their runs in bunches. They put three runs up in the third inning and four more in the fourth to effectively put the game away.
Hi Bell picked up the win. He gave up four runs on eight hits and two walks with two strikeouts.
June 2, 1926 at Wrigley Field
Cardinals 14, Cubs 6 (24-25)
The Cardinals got back on track in their series finalle with a blowout win over the Cubs. The Cardinals jumped out to a 6-3 lead with six runs in the second inning, but over the next four innings, the Cubs tied the game up. Then in the final three frames, the Cardinals opened the game up and scored eight runs, including five in the eighth, to take the game.
June 1, 1926 at Wrigley Field
Cubs 10, Cardinals 9 (23-25)
The Cardinals continued their struggles and dropped a high scoring one run game to the Cubs. The Cardinals had the lead in two instances and tied the game up one other time but a single run in the bottom of the eighth by the Cubs was the difference.
There have been some interesting developments in the NL Central this week. The Cardinals continue to win despite Jim Edmonds being on the shelf, and now the Houston Astros have come to terms with Roger Clemens. I have a feeling we’re going to need all of that cushion that we have (five games over the Reds and seven and a half ahead of the Astros) and then some.
On Monday, Jason Marquis threw a gem. Seven innings and he gave up only three hits and one run. Marquis is now 7-4 while Jason Isringhausen picked up his seventeenth save of the season. Albert Pujols accounted for all of the Cards offense when he hit a three run bomb in the seventh inning. It was his 25th of the season.
On Tuesday, the Astros got to the Cards bullpen and Andy Pettitte had a rare road win. Jose Reyes got the start and he left the game tied in the seventh inning, but Josh Hancock gave up three more to give the Astros five runs in the inning and nice three run lead. Scott Rolen and Juan Encarnacion homered in the 6-3 loss.
Yesterday, we had an eleven inning thriller. The Astros tied the game in the top of the sixth, then neither team scored until So Taguchi won it with an RBI single in the bottom of the eleventh. David Eckstein had two hits and two runs and Brandon Looper picked up the win and improved to 3-0.
The Cubs are on deck this weekend as our archrivals come to town for a three game set. Still haven’t seen if Edmonds is going to hit the DL, but from all indications, it seems like it’s an eventuality.
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