News, Notes and Historical Information on the St. Louis Cardinals
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August 31, 1926 at Sportsman’s Park
Cardinals 6, Pirates 1 (74-54)
Bill Sherdel was phenomonal in the first game of the Cardinals doubleheader with the Pirates. He gave up only one run in the fourth inning and the Pirates were able to get only seven hits off him the entire game. He walked none and struck out one.
August 31, 1926 at Sportsman’s Park
Cardinals 2, Pirates 1 (75-54)
The second game of the double header was a carbon copy of the first for the Cardinals, at least on the pitching side. Allen Sothoron gave up only a single run (also in the fourth inning) on six hits. Only this time, the Cards didn’t score quite as many runs. In the Pirates had the lead until the Cardinals scored two runs in the seventh inning.
Tommy Thevenow had two hits and Hafey singled and scored a run in the win.
August 30, 1926 at Sportsman’s Park
Pirates 3, Cardinals 0 (72-54)
Flint Rhem gave up three runs on eight hits in eight innings of work. He struck out three.
August 30, 1926 at Sportsman’s Park
Cardinals 5, Pirates 3 (73-54)
Jesse Haines threw a solid game. He gave up three runs on seven hits and two walks with four strikeouts.
August 29, 2006 at Sportsman’s Park
Cardinals 2, Pirates 2 (72-53)
The game only took an hour and fifty three minutes, but the fans who sat through the entire game were there for almost five hours. After two different rain delays and ten innings of play, the big series opener between the Pirates and the Cardinals ended in a tie.
Grover Alexander was excellent through ten innings. He gave up only two runs on ten hits with one walk and eight strikeouts. All the Cardinals managed was three hits, but they made them count. Bill Southworth and Jim Bottomley each scored a run for the Cards.
It’s nice to see we finally figured out the Cubs. After some pretty rough series, the Cardinals won last weekend and now this time around, they swept the Cubs in St. Louis. It couldn’t have come at a better time.
On Friday, Jeff Suppan threw one of his best games all season. He gave up five hits in 7 2/3 shutout innings and struck out two. Jason Isringhausen picked up the save and Scott Rolen had two singles, a run and an RBI in the 2-0 win.
Saturday’s game was another close one. Gary Bennett won it in the bottom of the ninth on an RBI single. Bennett had also put the Cubs on the board in the third inning with a solo homerun. Chris Carpenter held the Cubs to a single run on two hits in eight innings pitched and got a no decision for his troubles. Flores picked up the win after he pitched a shutout ninth.
Yesterday’s game was runfest after the two previous pitchers duals. The Cards jumped out to a 6-3 lead only to have the Cubs come back and tie it. Then in the ninth, Bennett did it again and he hit a huge walk off grand slam to win it. Jeff Weaver was knocked around in 6 1/3 innings and it was Brandon Looper who picked up the win after a perfect ninth. Juan Encarnacion, Ron Belliard and Aaron Miles all scored twice in the 10-6 win.
The Reds have lost three straight so the Cardinals have pushed themselves back into a three game lead in the division. Next up is three against the Marlins.
August 28, 1926 at Sportman’s Park
Cardinals 9, Phillies 3 (72-53)
The Cardinals really turned on the offense in their win over the Phillies. Jim Bottomley, Taylor Douthit and Tommy Thevenow all scored twice. Thevenow led the way and he finished a homerun short of hitting for the cycle.
Art Reinhart cruised to an easy win. He gave up three runs on eight hits.
August 27, 1926 at Sportman’s Park
Phillies 9, Cardinals 7 (71-53)
Vic Keen and Bill Sherdel were knocked around to the tune of nine runs in the first six innings. The Cardinals tried to mount a comeback but they fell two runs short. Neither team scored in the final three frames and Bill Sherdel walked away with the loss.
Jim Bottomley had the big game at the plate. He had three hits and he scored twice.
August 26, 1926 at Sportsman’s Park
Phillies 3, Cardinals 2 (71-52)
With a month left in the season, the National League pennant race was really heating up. The Cardinals loss today put them into a virtual three team tie with the Reds and Pirates for first place in the National League. The Pirates actually got the nod because with three less losses and three less wins, Pittsburgh was mere percentage points ahead of it’s two rivals.
The Cardinals were able to get on base, they just couldn’t score. They out hit the Phillies 13-8 but only scored two runs. Jesse Haines helped out his own cause with two hits and a run. He struck out four and walked one.
Sigh, it’s come to this. We’re in late August, and the Reds have caught the Cardinals. Not because they’ve caught fire, but because the Cardinals are struggling. I’m really worried about this rotation. Outside of Chris Carpenter, the Cardinals have no consistency.
Tuesday’s loss was probably the toughest. Jason Isringhausen gave up a two run homerun to Carlos Beltran in the bottom of the ninth and he lost his seventh of the season. Albert Pujols was simply on fire. He drove in all seven Cardinal runs and homered twice. Unfortunately, he can’t do it all though.
Mark Mulder was shelled on Wednesday. He gave up nine runs in three innings in a 10-8 loss. Preston Wilson homered and drove in two runs while Scott Rolen and Wilson scored twice. Give some credit to the pen. They gave up one run through six innings and that allowed to the Cards to make it close. Who knows, with another inning or two, we might have won this one.
Thursday’s game looked like a rollover. After a rain delay, Dave Williams of all people shut us down. Jason Marquis was pretty mediocre in six innings and he dropped to 13-12. Gary Bennett accounting for both Cardinals’ runs with a homerun in the fifth inning.
Next up is the Cubs. We handled them last time, so hopefully we can handle them again. The Cardinals have put themselves into a situation where ever series is a big series from here on out.
August 25, 1926 at Sportsman’s Park
Cardinals 4, Braves 3 (71-51)
August 24, 1926 at Sportsman’s Park
Braves 2, Cardinals 1 (69-51)
The Cardinals lost a tough after a very strong outing by Bill Sherdel. He had a 1-0 lead until he gave up single runs in the seventh and eighth to take the loss. He gave up eight hits, one walk and he struck out one.
August 24, 1926 at Sportman’s Park
Cardinals 6, Braves 5 (70-51)
Vic Keen was chased out of this one early and by the end of the third, the Cardinals were down 5-0. The Cardinals came back and made it a ball game with four in the bottom of the third to make it a one run game. Then in the bottom of the eighth, they scored two to put the game away.
August 22, 1926 at Sportsman’s Park
Cardinals 4, Giants 2 (69-50)
The Cardinals won their eighth straight game as they continue to keep pace with the Pittsburgh Pirates. This time is was Jesse Haines with the great pitching performance. He gave up two runs on five hits and three walks.
August 21, 1926 at Sportman’s Park
Cardinals 3, Giants 1 (68-50)
Pete Alexander held the Cardinals in check in a great outing for the Cardinals. He held the Giants to one run on five hits and four walks with three strikeouts.
What a weird season. Between the extended losing streaks and the lack of real competition in the division, the Cardinals have been hovering. At this point, if we can go on a run, I think we can bury the Reds. On the other hand, if we go on another losing streak, the Cardinals could find themselves on the outside looking in at a playoff spot much less the division.
Monday’s game was a relief. Six different Cardinals went yard with Albert Pujols hitting number 36. He drove in three and scored twice. Jason Marquis threw a decent game and he improved to 13-11. Also give some props to the pen. Four different relievers combined for four shutout innings in the 11-3 win.
The Cardinals came from behind and tied the Cubs in both the eighth and ninth yesterday, but a poor tenth inning by Jason Isringhausen ended up being the difference. Jeff Suppan was roughed up in 4 1/3 innings and Isringhausen dropped his sixth game of the season. Yadier Molina and Chris Duncan both homered in the 5-4 loss.
The Cardinals bounced back today though. Chris Carpenter did his job and picked up win number twelve. Chris Duncan homered again as did Juan Encarnacion. Encarnacion drove in three runs in the 5-3 win and Isringhausen saved his 30th of the season.
Unfortunately, we have a tough matchup this week. The Cardinals travel to New York to take on the New York Mets who are the best team in the National League. The day off tomorrow will be nice though.
August 20, 1926 at Sportsman’s Park
Cardinals 6, Giants 2 (67-50)
The Cardinals moved into a virtual tie for first place with the defending champs, the Pittsburgh Pirates. Flint Rhem held the New York Giants at bat and gave up two runs on ten hits and one walk with six strikeouts in the win.
August 19, 1926 at Sportsman’s Park
Cardinals 6, Robins 2 (66-50)
The Cardinals made it five straight wins as they finished up a sweep over the Robins. Bill Sherdel was very sharp on the mound. He gave up two early runs in the second inning but held the Robins scoreless the rest of the way. He gave up two runs eight hits and two walks with five strikeouts.
After a rough weekend, the Cardinals bounced back to win two of three against the second place Reds. At the end of the day, the Cards pick up a full game and now stand 2 1/2 games ahead in the NL Central.
Chris Carpenter came up huge on Tuesday. He threw a four hits shutout and struck out six. He didn’t walk a man and he improved to 11-6 on the season. Ronnie Belliard drove in two runs on a single and a double and Chris Duncan hit a two run shot off of Aaron Harang in the 5-0 win.
The Reds bounced back on Wednesday against Anthony Reyes. The rookie gave up five runs in 3 1/3 innings and he dropped to 4-6 on the year. Albert Pujols and Perez drove in the two runs on seperate ground outs in the 7-2 loss.
Big time players come up in big ways. Down 1-0 in the seventh, Scott Rolen hit a solo homerun to tie the game. Then in the bottom of the ninth, he hit a walk off RBI single to win it for the Cardinals 2-1. Jeff Weaver had a nice start and hopefully he’s finding his groove. He gave up one run on three hits and walk in 7 1/3 innings in what was his best start of the season.
Next up is three against the Cubs. While I enjoy the rivalry, I haven’t enjoyed how the Cubs have manhandled us despite being one of the worst teams in baseball. Hopefully we can turn things around on them this weekend, because the Reds have the Pirates.
August 18, 1926 at Sportsman’s Park
Cardinals 6, Robins 2 (65-50)
Art Reinhart pitched the Cardinals to their fourth straight win. He held the Brooklyn Robins to two runs on eight hits and three walks.
August 17, 1926 at Sportsman’s Park
Cardinals 8, Robins 7 (64-50)
Bill Sherdel got knocked around and didn’t even make it through three innings in this one. Fortunately the Cardinals stormed back late in the game and won by a single run. Down 7-3, the Cardinals scored five runs in the seventh inning to beat the Robins 8-7.
August 16, 1926 at Sportsman’s Park
Cardinals 5, Cubs 4 (63-50)
Yesterday, Jim Bottomley came up with a huge game to help push the Cardinals over the Cubs. Today, Bottomley singled with two outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth to break a 4-4 tie and win the game for the Cards.
Jesse Haines was knocked around by the Cubs but he walked away with the win. He gave up four runs on nine hits and two walks with four strikeouts.
August 15, 1926 at Sportsman’s Park
Cardinals 7, Cubs 2 (62-50)
The Cardinals got back on track behind a huge game by Jim Bottomley. Bottomley finished three for three with a homerun, a triple and three runs scored. Les Bell went two for four with a homerun of his own.
Flint Rhem won his sixteenth game of the season. He gave up two runs on only six hits and two walks with five strikeouts.
August 14, 1926 at Sportsman’s Park
Cubs 3, Cardinals 2 (61-50)
The Cardinals jumped out to a 2-0 lead on the Cubs before Pete Alexander fell apart in the later innings. He was tagged for two runs in the sixth to tie the game, and then he Cubs go to him for a single, but important, run in the top of the seventh.
If you weren’t feeling worried before, it’s time to start. The Pirates have the second worst record in all of baseball, and they took three straight from the Cardinals. To make matters worse, the Reds took two of three so they now sit only a game and a half back of the Cards in the NL Central.
Juan Encarnacion singled home Albert Pujols in the first inning on Friday. The Cardinals would then be held scoreless over the final eight frames in a 7-1 loss. Jeff Suppan was knocked around again and he dropped to 9-7 on the season. Pujols finished the game with four hits which is impressive because the rest of the team matched him with four.
Yesterday’s game was the closest and it was the best the Cardinals got from their offense, which was sad because they scored only two runs. Albert Pujols hit a two run homerun in the fifth to give the Cards a 2-1 lead, but Jeff Weaver gave the lead up in the fifth and then lost it in the sixth with another run. Once again the Cardinals bats were stifled. They had only five hits the entire game.
Today’s game was pretty ugly. Jason Marquis threw six solid innings but Adam Wainwright was shelled. It didn’t matter though, because the Cards didn’t score a single run despite racking up ten hits and six walks. The Cards left thirteen men on base in the 7-0 shutout loss.
Next up is a huge three game series against the Reds at Busch Stadium. Anything less then a series win and the Cardinals NL Central lead will be reduced, if not given up. Hopefully Chris Carpenter will get the job done, although the Reds have their ace going in Aaron Harang.
August 11, 1926 at Braves Field
Cardinals 2, Braves 0 (61-49)
Jesse Haines completely shut down the Boston Braves in his second shutout of the season. This one was a five hit shutout in which he struck out one.
August 10, 1926 at Braves Field
Cardinals 3, Braves 1 (60-49)
Flint Rhem held the Braves to a single run on five hits in the Cardinals win. He walked two in the game.
It could have been worse. At the end of the day today, we’re right back where we started. The Cardinals still lead the Cardinals by three and a half games. It’s not much of a cushion, but it’s better then the alternative, which is second place.
Monday’s game was a beatdown and I was hoping it would set the tone for the series. Chris Duncan, Albert Pujols and Scott Rolen all scored three times and Yadier Molina drove in four runs. Jeff Weaver had a nice start, although he had a ton of runs to work with. He gave up a single run on six hits with one walks and seven strikeouts in six innings.
The Reds bounced back on Tuesday and turned the tables by blowing out the Cards. Jason Marquis was gone without finishing the third inning and Eric Milton held the Cards in check. So Taguchi had two hits and an RBI in the 10-3 loss.
Yesterday’s game was the toughest to take. The Cardinals scored four runs in the first inning but by the end of six, the scored was tied 6-6. The Cards scored one in the eighth to take the lead, but then Jason Isringhausen gave up a two run shot in the bottom of the ninth to lose the game. Jim Edmonds hit a grand slam in that first inning and Scott Spiezio homered as well.
Anthony Reyes did the job today and ended the two game skid. He threw five shutout innings and boosted his record to 4-5 on the season. Chris Duncan homered twice and Jim Edmonds had three hits, including a homerun, with two RBis in the 6-1 win.
Next up is a three game set against the last place Pirates, who have lost four in a row. Hopefully it’ll be seven in a row by Sunday.
August 9, 1926 at Braves Field
Braves 5, Cardinals 0 (59-49)
Art Reinhart got the start against the Braves, and after four runs in the first innings, he got pulled in the fifth. He would have needed a perfect outing though, because the Cardinals couldn’t muster anything against Braves starter Larry Benton.
The Cardinals scattered five hits against Benton. The only extra base hit was by Bob O’Farrell, who doubled.
August 8, 1926 at Ebbets Field
Cardinals 3, Robins 2 (59-48)
The Cardinals finished a huge six game series against the Robins with six consecutive wins. Bill Sherdel gave a up run in each of the first two innings, but held the Robins scoreless through the next eight frames.
Ray Blades led off the tenth inning with a single and then both he and Billy Southworth were safe on a throwing error by the Robins. Then Rogers Hornsby came up huge with a double to drive home Ray Blades for the game winner.
Hornsby finished the game with three hits, a run and then the go ahead RBI. Jim Bottomley and Blades both had two hits and a run.
August 7, 1926 at Ebbets Field
Cardinals 6, Robins 3 (57-48)
Bill Hallahan was pulled in the fifth inning before he could give up the lead to the Robins, but Hi Bell came in and threw 4 1/3 innings of nearly flawless ball. He gave up only a single hit and one walk with one strikeout.
August 7, 1926 at Ebbets Field
Cardinals 3, Robins 0 (58-48)
The Cardinals won their fifth straight game behind a very strong outing by Grover Alexander. Alexander gave up only four hits without a single walk in the shutout, and he struck out one.
The Cardinals managed only five hits, but they also drew five walks. There were no real standouts as all five hits and all three runs were scored by different players.
This has been a weird year. The Cardinals have had two really bad stretches that’ll probably cost the Cards their second straight 100 win season. Regardless, the Reds were just as bad during those two stretches so the Cardinals were able to hold on to their lead. It seems like no matter how bad we’ve played, we’ve stayed just ahead of the pack.
Chris Carpenter looked mortal on Friday, and the end result was the Cardinals eighth straight loss. Carpenter gave up four runs on seven hits in six innings of work and Carpenter is now a pedestrian 10-6. Juan Encarnacion had two hits and two RBIs in the 4-3 loss.
The Cardinals turned the tables on the Brewers on Saturday. Anthony Reyes threw five solid innings and the bullpen was flawless for the final four frames. Albert Pujols continued his run towards a second straight MVP with a big game. He went two for four with a homerun, two RBIs and two runs in the 4-3 win.
Jeff Suppan was very solid in the rubber game. He gave up only a single run on four hits and one walk with seven strikeouts over 7 1/3 innings. Juan Encarnacion and Scott Rolen both went yard in the 7-1 win and Pujols had three hits and two runs.
Next up is a big four game series against the Reds. This is what it’s all about as first plays second in a four game series. If the Cardinals can go to Cincinnati and win three of four, it’ll go a long way towards another division title.
August 6, 1926 at Ebbets Field
Cardinals 7, Robins 3 (56-48)
The Cardinals made it three straight wins in a comeback win over the Robins. Art Reinhart was knocked around for three runs in the third, but he bounced back and threw a shutout the rest of the way. A four run fifth inning game the Cardinals the lead and they never looked back. Reinhart gave up three runs on seven hits and four walks in the win.
Taylor Douthit had a big game. He went three for five and he scored three times.
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