News, Notes and Historical Information on the St. Louis Cardinals
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Jorge Sosa hasn’t had a stellar season, but the price was low and it gives Tony LaRussa another option from the pen. Nobody else in the NL Central did much, so it’s not like the Cardinals were forced to react to, say, a major deal by the Reds.
July 31, 1926 at The Polo Grounds
Giants 8, Cardinals 6 (53-45)
The Cardinals jumped out to a an early 6-0 lead in this one, but they let it get away. Three runs in the third chipped away at the lead but the Giants tied it up with three more in the sixth. Then a two run seventh inning put the game away. Jesse Haines was roughed up but it was Allen Sothoron who gave up the final two runs and took the loss.
July 31, 1926 at The Polo Grounds
Giants 6, Cardinals 1 (53-46)
Art Reinhart was crusing along in the second game of the Cardinals’ doubleheader with the Giants until the wheels fell of the wagon in the seventh. The Giants scored six runs and cost the Cardinals and Reinhart the game.
Ernie Vick scored the only run for the Cardinals and the team was held to only six hits.
I know the Cubs are our rivals, but this is ridiculous. The Cubs are a pretty bad team this year, mostly due to injuries, but for whatever reason the Cardinals can’t seem to beat them. Fortunately the Reds dropped two games this weekend as well, so our lead is still somewhat intact.
The Cardinals took an early lead on Thursday but Jeff Weaver and Tyler Johnson gave it up as the Cubs scored three runs in the sixth inning. Juan Encarnacion hit homerun number 15 in the 5-4 loss and he drove in three runs with three hits. Weaver gave up four runs on ten hits in 5 2/3 innings.
The Cards had the lead on Friday as well, but a Jason Marquis was touched up for six runs (three earned, everything was scored in the fourth inning). The Cardinals tried to comeback and scored two runs in the seventh to make it 6-5, but that would be the final. David Eckstein scored twice and Encarncion drove in two runs.
Yesterday, Greg Maddux shut us down. Scott Rolen drove in a run in the first and the Cardinals didn’t score until the ninth when Chris Duncan singled home a run. Anthony Reyes dropped to 2-5 but he was hardly knocked around. He was just outpitched by a future Hall of Famer.
Today, the Cubs tagged Chris Carpenter for five runs in the first two innings and Carlos Zambrano and the Cubs pen held the Cardinals to three runs. Scott Rolen drove in two in the 5-3 loss.
Next up is a three game series against the now weaker Philadelphia Phillies. In the meantime, the Cardinals trade for Ronnie Belliard to shore up the infield.
July 30, 1926 at The Polo Grounds
Cardinals 5, Giants 2 (53-44)
The Cardinals won for the fourth time in five games after a strong performance by Flint Rhem. Rhem gave up two runs on seven hits and two walks with one strikeout.
Jake Flowers and Les Bell both homered for the Cardinals and Taylor Douthit had three hits and a run. Like their other wins, the Cardinals got some good offense across the board and all five runs were scored by five different people.
July 28, 1926 at Philadelphia
Phillies 6, Cardinals 3 (51-44)
Bill Sherdel was roughed up for four runs by the Phillies in the sixth inning. Syl Johnson and Hi Bell also got time in this one and while they held the Phillies scoreless the rest of the way, the Cardinals couldn’t come back.
Five different Cardinals had two hits and ironically, none of them scored.
July 28, 1926 at Philadelphia
Cardinals 5, Phillies 4 (52-44)
The Cardinals won the back end of their double header with the Phillies by a single run. Vic Keen held on in the ninth and while he bent and gave up one run, held on to pick up the win.
Bob O’Farrell had two hits and a run and all five Cardinals runs were scored by five different people. The big inning for the Cardinals was the first, in which they scored three and chased off Phillies starter Claude Willoughby.
All of sudden, Coors Field is a pitchers park. There were two shutouts this week, and in the other game, the losing team scored only one run. Very strange year.
Jeff Francis shut out the Cardinals on Monday. All the Cards could muster were two hits and they didn’t draw a walk. Anthony Reyes dropped to 2-4 and he gave up six runs on nine hits and one walk in 5 1/3 innings.
Chris Carpenter got the Cardinals back on track on Tuesday. He and two relievers combined to throw an eight hit shutout. Carpenter improved to 10-4. The only run of the entire game came on Albert Pujols solo homerun, his 33rd of the season.
Jeff Suppan got things done yesterday. He gave up only one run on five hits and two walks through six innings. The pen was perfect through the final three frames, so give them a big assist. Jim Edmonds was three for three with a homerun and two runs scored.
Next up for the Cardinals is a four game set against their archrivals, the Chicago Cubs, at Wrigley Field. The Cardinals are sitting on a 5 1/2 game lead, so hopefully with three wins in Chicago, they can pad that a little more and head into August in a comfortable situation.
July 27, 1926 at Philadelphia
Cardinals 9, Phillies 5 (51-43)
The Cardinals were outhit 15-14 in this one but they almost doubled up the Phillies on the scoreboard. Every Cardinal except for Grover Alexander scored a run in this one. Ray Blades led the way with three hits and two runs while Billy Southworth had three hits and a single run.
Grover Alexander picked up the win despite not having his best stuff. He gave up five runs on fifteen hits and one walk with three strikeouts.
July 25, 1926 at Sportsman’s Park
Cardinals 6, Giants 5 (50-43)
Like yesterday’s game, this one went eleven innings but it was the Cardinals who came out on top. In the process they salvaged a split with the Giants and won their 50th game of the season. The Cardinals scored one run in the bottom of the ninth to send the game into extra innings, then were forced to answer with a run in the tenth to keep the game going. Then in the bottom of the eleventh, Tommy Thevenow drove home Taylor Douthit with a walk off RBI single to end the game.
Jesse Haines went eight innings and he was relieved by Art Reinhart in the ninth. Reinhart got the win. Les Bell and Billy Southworth both homered for the Cardinals and Bell finished the game with three hits and three runs.
July 24, 1926 at Sportsman’s Park
Giants 5, Cardinals 3 (49-43)
The Cardinals failed to win their 50th game after starter Flint Rhem gave up two runs to tie in the eighth and then two more in the eleventh to take the loss. Rhem finished the eleven inning game (only took 2:13) and gave up five runs on thirteen hits and three walks with three strikeouts.
The Cardinals had the lead for most of the game in this one. Billy Southworth doubled and scored twice and continued to play well since the Cardinals traded for him. Taylor Douthit and Les Bell both had two hits.
Two runs. That’s all the Dodgers scored in their three game series with the Cardinals. And the Dodgers have had one of the best offenses in the league this year. So now the Cards have a nice even, five game lead over the Reds.
Jeff Suppan and two relievers combined for a six hit shutout on Friday. Suppan improved to 7-5 and Chris Duncan drove in the first of two runs with a solo shot in the fourth inning.
Yesterday was the first of two consecutive 6-1 wins. Jeff Weaver got the job done and put a notch in his belt over his former team. He gave up one run on six hits and two walks over 5 2/3 innings. Jim Edmonds, Albert Pujols and Chris Duncan all homered for the Cardinals, and Pujols drove in two.
This afternoon, it was Jason Marquis who held down the Dodgers. He threw eight shutout innings and improved to 12-7 on the season. Juan Encarnacion had a big day and he homered twice. Scott Rolen had two hits and two RBIs.
Next up is a three game set in Colorado. I doubt that we’ll hold them to two runs in that band box, but at this point, the Cardinals just have to keep on winning series so they can keep up the pressure on the Reds.
July 23, 1926 at Sportsman’s Park
Cardinals 6, Giants 1 (49-42)
Bill Sherdel shut down the Giants and the Cardinals broke a two game losing streak. Sherdel gave up only a single run on eight hits with one strikeout.
July 22, 1926 at Sportsman’s Park
Giants 5, Cardinals 3 (48-42)
The Cardinals dropped their series opener with the New York Giants and Grover Alexander took the loss. He gave up five runs, including three in the final two frames, on eight hits and a walk. He struck out one
The Cardinals winning streak came to an end on Monday. In fact they dropped the first two games in their series with the Braves and had to win the final game to avoid being swept. In the meantime, the Reds keep holding on and they’re only 3 1/2 games back in the NL Central.
And it wasn’t so much that we lost, it was how we lost. Monday was the first blowout. Jeff Weaver gave up five runs in third and it went downhill from there. By the end of the game, the score was 15-3. Jim Edmonds hit a solo homerun for what was probably the only real highlight for the Cards.
Tuesday was just as bad. The Cards scored two more runs and the Braves fell one short of Monday’s total, but a beat down is a beat down. The Braves scored in the first six innings of the game. John Rodriguez drove in two runs and Jason Marquis was tagged for twelve runs in five innings of work.
Finally, things turned around yesterday. Chris Carpenter did his job as ace and put the minilosing streak to rest. He improved to 9-4 and he gave up two runs on five hits with six strikeouts through seven innings of work. Jim Edmonds had a three run shot and Scott Rolen drove in two runs in the 8-3 win.
Next up is a three game series against the Dodgers. The Dodgers have been hot and cold all season, and right now, they’re cold so hopefully we can pick up a couple of wins this weekend.
July 19, 1926 at Sportsman’s Park
Phillies 4, Cardinals 3 (48-41)
The Cardinals fell just short of a sweep after blowing a one run lead in the ninth inning. Then in the tenth, the Phillies scored again to win it.
July 18, 1926 at Sportsman’s Park
Cardinals 9, Phillies 7 (48-40)
The Cardinals blew a big lead in this one, then came back and tied it in the seventh and won it in the ninth with two runs for a dramatic game. Billy Southworth came up huge with a two run homerun in that ninth inning to win it.
Jim Bottomley also homered in the game and he, Southworth and Rogers Hornsby all scored twice and had two hits. Jesse Haines blew the big early lead and it was Allen Sothoron who ended up picking up the win.
What an ugly game yesterday. Jeff Weaver lasted all of four innings and gave up six runs on eight hits and two walks. He’ll get one more start before the Cardinals really have to decide whether to pull the trigger on a trade to get another starter or not.
July 17, 1926 at Sportsman’s Park
Cardinals 13, Phillies 5 (47-40)
The Cardinals blew out the Phillies as they slowly inched their way up the National League standings. They still trailed second place Pittsburgh by a half game and the first place Reds by two and a half games, but they were moving up.
The big inning for the Cardinals was the sixth, in which they scored seven runs to run the score up to 12-2. Wattie Holm had four hits and three runs and Jim Bottomley finished the game with three hits and three runs.
Flint Rhem picked up the win. He gave up five runs on eight hits and four walks with one strike out.
Alright, things are looking up. After a tough June, the Cardinals are now back on track. The only thing that stopped them from further extending their lead in the NL Central is a four game winning streak by the Reds. They got it done with some great pitching.
Thursday, Albert Pujols was the hero. In the bottom of the fourteenth inning, he went deep for a walk off homerun. Jason Marquis had a nice start without a decision and it was Brandon Looper who picked up the win.
Friday was Chris Carpenter at his best. Two hits, no runs, no walks and seven strikeouts. Chris Duncan and Juan Encarnacion homered in the 5-0 win. David Eckstein was four for five with two runs.
Saturday was another extra inning thriller. Albert Pujols did it again with a solo homerun to tie it in the sixth. Then Scott Rolen singled home David Eckstein in the tenth to win it. Jeff Suppan was solid through seven innings and Looper picked up his second win of the series with two shutout innings to close out the game.
Today’s game was a beat down. Anthony Reyes had a solid start and he picked up his second career win. Albert Pujols drove in three runs and Chris Duncan had three hits and three runs. Yadier Molina had three hits and three RBIs.
Next up is three against the Braves. It’d be nice to take this series and knock the Reds back a game or two.
July 16, 1926 at Sportsman’s Park
Robins 8, Cardinals 7 (46-40)
The Cardinals came back from a huge three run deficit to send the series finale with the Robins into extra innings only to lose it in the tenth. Grover Alexander was shelled in his five innings of work but oddly it was Hi Bell, who gave up the run in the tenth, that took the loss.
July 15, 1926 at Sportsman’s Park
Cardinals 11, Robins 5 (46-39)
The Cardinals ran up the score for the second time in their series against the Robins. This time they racked up eleven runs on seventeen hits. Rogers Hornsby scored twice without getting a hit, Ray Blades had three hits and a run and Tommy Thevenow went three for four with two runs.
Art Reinhart was shaky but he got plenty of runs to work with. He gave up five runs on twelve hits with four walks and two strikeouts.
July 14, 1926 at Sportsman’s Park
Robins 5, Cardinals 2 (45-39)
Jesse Haines lost his start to the Brooklyn Robins but didn’t get much run support. The Cardinals’ bats only gave him two runs to work with and the big inning was the eighth when the Robins broke a 2-2 with three runs to put the game away.
July 13, 1926 at Sportsman’s Park
Cardinals 12, Robins 10 (45-38)
The Cardinals ended a two game skid and barely topped the Brooklyn Robins. The two teams combined for 22 runs and 32 hits in the high scoring affair.
Four different Cardinals had two hits and Taylor Douthit led the way. He went four for five with two runs and two stolen bases. Ray Blades went deep with a homerun and Bill Sherdel went the distance and picked up the win thanks to a ton of run support.
July 12, 1926 at Sportsman’s Park
Braves 8, Cardinals 6 (44-38)
The Braves took their second straight game at the Cardinals expense although it wasn’t nearly as lopsided as yesterday’s game. The Braves scored two runs off of Vic Keen in the top of the ninth to put the game away.
July 11, 1926 at Sportsman’s Park
Cardinals 7, Braves 2 (44-36)
The Cardinals won their fourth straight in the front end of their doubleheader with the Boston. Grover Alexander threw a nice game and he picked up the win. He gave up two runs on nine hits and one walk with three strikeouts.
July 11, 1926 at Sportsman’s Park
Braves 19, Cardinals 5 (44-37)
Flint Rhem, Hi Bell and Art Reinhart were all destroyed in a blow out loss to the Braves. The Braves made it 10-4 in the fifth but the extended their lead with eight runs in the top of the eighth inning.
The Cardinals needed extra innings in the last two games of their against the Astros, but the end result was pretty good. We took three of four and the Reds dropped two straight so the Cards are heading into the break with a somewhat nice four game lead.
On Thursday, Sidney Ponson had one of his better starts but still dropped to 4-4. Man were the ESPN announcers brutal towards Ponson. The end result was, he’s designated for assignment. Guess they’d rather try their hand with Jeff Weaver.
The Cards got back on track Friday. Rodriguez, Scott Rolen and Juan Encarncion all scored two runs and Bennett had three hits, a run and an RBI in the 8-2 win. Jason Marquis improved to 11-6 with 7 2/3 innings of solid work and Jason Isringhausen picked up his 26th save of the season.
The drama started on Saturday. The Cardinals jumped out to a 4-1 lead but the Astros tied it up with three in the fifth. The Astros then took a 6-4 lead in the seventh and that stood until Scott Spiezio hit a solo homerun and Aaron Miles singled hom Chris Duncan to tie the game up in the ninth. In the tenth, Albert Pujols did his thing and put the Cardinals ahead with a solo shot. Give some credit to Jason Isringhausen. He threw over an inning the night before and threw two perfect innings Saturday to close out the game and win his third game of the season.
Last night the Cardinals played on ESPN Sunday’s game of the week and they didn’t disappoint. The Astros came from three runs down and tied it in the bottom of the ninth to send the game into extra frames. Neither team scored until Aaron Miles drove in two with a double in the top of the twelth to make it 7-5. That score would stand because Josh Hankcok came in and closed the door in place of a resting Jason Isringhausen. Scott Rolen drove in three runs and David Eckstein scored three times. Brandon Looper improved to 4-1 with two shutout innings in the tenth and eleventh.
Next up for the Cards is the Wild Card leading Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers come to St, Louis to play four, so hopefully they Cardinals can ride their three game winning streak and turn it into a successful second half.
July 10, 1926 at Sportsman’s Park
Cardinals 18, Braves 6 (43-36)
The Cardinals scored a season high 18 runs against the Browns in their third straight win. Jesse Haines picked up the cheap win despite giving up six runs on fourteen hits.
Rogers Hornsby had a huge day in only his second game back after hip surgery. He went three for four with a homerun and three runs. Billy Southworth and Ray Blades both scored three times and four different Cardinals had at least three hits.
July 9, 1926 at St. Louis
Cardinals 2, Braves 1 (42-36)
The Cardinals appeared to be out of their slump and they won their second straight game. Bill Sherdel gave up ten hits, but only one Brown crossed the plate in the 2-1 win.
July 7, 1926 at Sportsman’s Park
Cardinals 11, Reds 2 (41-36)
The Cardinals blew out the Reds and salvaged the final game of three game series. They did lose three of those five games to the National League leader, but the way things started, it could have been a lot worse.
Art Reinhart cruised to an easy win. He gave up two runs on seven hits and two walks with one strikeout. Specs Toporcer had a great game while Rogers Hornsby continued to recover from his hip surgery. He went three for four with three runs and Taylor Douthit went three for five with two runs.
The only thing that’s helping usis that the Reds are playing worse then the Cardinals and the Brewers haven’t quite caught up yet. And the Cardinals troubles on the road continue as well. As it stands, they’re 19-21 on the road.
On Monday, the Cards jumped out to a 3-0 lead only to see that lead flip when Anthony Reyes gave up five runs in the bottom of the third. Reyes was having a really tough time and he plunked two guys, one of which was a head shot. If looks could kill, Bobby Cox could have stared Reyes to death after he hit that second guy (I was watching the game, but can’t remember who it was, Giles or Francouer). Albert Pujols hit is 28th homeruns and Aaron Miles drove in two in the 6-3 loss.
Tuesday was the win, and it was the exact score as Monday’s game only the teams were reversed. Chris Carpenter improved to 7-4 and he gave up two runs on four hits through five innings. Juan Encarnacion drove in two runs with a homerun and Yadier Molina scored twice in the win. Jason Isringhausen picked up his 25th save of the season.
Last night’s game was ugly. Jeff Suppan gave up ten runs through 3 1/3 innings and he dropped to 6-5. Hector Luna drove in two runs with his fourth homerun and Scott Rolen hit his thirteenth of the year.
So we’re still 2 1/2 games up of the Reds but we have a very important series against the Astros heading into the break. Right now the Astros lead 1-0 in the series opener.
The Cardinals shored up their rotation by trading for Jeff Weaver. He comes cheap and while he’s volatile, he’s had success in the past. He was the Tigers ace (if you call it that) until he got dealt to the Yankees. Then he made stops for both Los Angeles teams before getting trading to us for minor league prospect Terry Evans.
July 6, 1926 at St. Louis
Reds 5, Cardinals 2 (40-36)
This was a tough loss for the Cardinals. Grover Alexander was near perfect through eight innings and the Cardinals had a 2-0 lead. Then Alexander gave up two in the ninth which sent the game into extra frames. Then in the top of the eleventh, Alexander was hit hard and gave up three runs on four hits as he took the loss.
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