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October 27, 2006

Cardinals Win 2006 World Series

by @ 8:18 pm. Filed under 2006 World Series

What an outing by Jeff Weaver.  I was pretty skeptical when we picked him up but boy did he come through tonight.  The only guy who could hit him was Sean Casey and he couldn’t do it by himself.

The Cardinals got on the board first when David Eckstein singled home Yadier Molina in the second inning.  In the top of the fourth, Sean Casey hit a two run shot to give the Tigers the lead, at least momentarily.  Then in the bottom of the fourth, another error by a Tigers’ pitcher directly resulted in one run and indirectely resulting in another.  The Cardinals added a run in the seventh when Scott Rolen singled home David Eckstein with two outs, but that run turned out to be unneccesary.

The Tigers did make some noise in the ninth.  The Tigers had runners at the corners with two outs but Adam Wainwright struck out Brandon Inge to end it.  Jeff Weaver gave up the two runs on only four hits and a walk with nine strikeouts.  Wainwright picked up the save with the shutout ninth.

How sweet it is.  The Cardinals are World Series champions.

David Eckstein Leads Cardinals to Game Four Victory

by @ 2:51 am. Filed under 2006 World Series

The Cardinals are now one win away from their first World Series since 1982.  In the previous two wins, it was pitching that got us through.  This time, not so much.  We got some timely pitching but it was hardly a shutdown performance by Jeff Suppan.

David Eckstein was the man.  He got the Cardinals on the board in the third inning with an RBI double.  Then in the eighth, Eckstein doubled home Aaron Miles and that turned out to be the game winner.  In all he had four hits and again he played some flawless defense.

This game definitely had it’s share of weird plays and two of them came back to back in the seventh.  David Eckstein doubled (his second of the three) when Curtis Granderson slipped on the wet grass.  Based on what I’ve seen from Granderson, he makes this play under normal circumstances.  Then So Taguchi lays down a bunt and reliever Fernando Rodney throws the ball away. Eckstein scored, Taguchi goes to second and Taguchi ended up giving the Cardinals their first lead later in the inning albeit briefly.

Jeff Suppan threw six solid innings.  He gave up eight hits and two walks with four strikeouts.  Adam Wainwright gave up the tying run but he buckled down after that and threw a good game and picked up the win.

Jeff Weaver has a chance to win this for us tonight.  He’ll be throwing against Justin Verlander.

October 26, 2006

Rain Out

by @ 2:39 am. Filed under 2006 World Series

Game four didn’t happen as planned so they’ll to get in game four tonight.  It’s not looking good though.  If things get pushed back another day, Caprenter could throw as early as game six or even game five if he goes on short rest.  This is huge.  Although it also means we might be seeing Kenny Rogers sooner then we thought and he’s been the Tigers hottest pitcher.

October 25, 2006

Chris Carpenters Pitches Cardinals to Game Three Victory

by @ 2:34 am. Filed under 2006 World Series

The Cardinals are back in front in this series because of eight great innings of three hit ball.  Both he and Looper combined to throw only 93 pitches as the Tigers hacked away.  This was a game I expected the Cardinals to win and had they not, I probably might have thought it was the beginning of the end.  Now if Jeff Suppan can do his job tonight, the Cardinals could be one win away from winning it all.

The Cardinals big innings came in the fourth and seventh innings.  In the fourth, Jim Edmonds drove home two runs with a bases loaded double to put the Cardinals on the board.  Then in the seventh, with runners on first and second, Albert Pujols hit a comebacker to Joel Zumaya in what looked like a tailor made double play.  Instead of going to second base, Zumaya went to third and threw the ball well behind the thirdbaseman (Inge) and two more runs scored.  Even those two runs ended up being unneccesary though.

The Cardinals added one more insurance run in the eighth when So Taguchi made it home on a wild pitch.  Looper came in to relieve Carpenter for the ninth and he picked up right where Carpenter left off and retired the Tigers in order.

Tonight’s game will have Jeff Suppan throw against Jeremy Bonderman.  There’s no doubt this is a huge game. We can either let the Tigers back into this thing, or pretty much put them away.

October 23, 2006

Kenny Rogers Shuts Down Cardinals in Game Two Loss

by @ 2:37 am. Filed under 2006 World Series

Nobody said this would be easy.  A lot of people are making a big deal out of Kenny Rogers brown substance on his hands, but the first inning was actually our best of eight innings against him because we actually got a runner to second base.

Jeff Weaver was only okay.  He pitched out of a big jam in the fourth but he continually got into trouble.  He went five innings and gave up three runs on nine hits and a walk.

The only inning worth mentioning was the ninth.  The Cardinals finally saw someone other then Kenny Rogers and almost made Todd Jones pay.  All with two outs, the Cardinals scored a run AND loaded up the bases.  Yadier Molina couldn’t come through again though so now we head to game three even at one game a piece.

It’ll be Chris Carpenter going up against Nate Robertson on Tuesday.  I like our chances.

October 22, 2006

Cardinals Take Game One in Blow Out Win

by @ 3:47 am. Filed under 2006 World Series

This was a game even I was writing off.  Anthony Reyes came in to pitch as a stop gap because of how long the Cards series went with the Mets and not only did he keep us in the game, he exceeded expectations.  He ran into trouble in the first inning and gave up a run, but then he didn’t give up a hit until the seventh inning.  In all, the Tigers managed only four hits and a single walk.  Not too bad for a rookie with a pretty poor ERA.

Scott Rolen answered the call in the second inning and he tied it up with a solo shot.  Then a three run third busted this game open.  The inning was capped off by a two run shot by Albert Pujols.  The floodgates closed for a bit but in the sixth inning, the Cards scored three more runs to effectively finish things up.

It was somewhat of a sloppy game.  Five errors between the two teams.

Tonight we’ll see if Jeff Weaver can continue his post season success.  He has some extra motivation because the Tigers were a team that traded him away.  Kenny Rogers will throw for the Tigers and he hasn’t given up a run in two post season starts.  Then again, he hasn’t faced Albert Pujols yet.

October 21, 2006

Anthony Reyes Pitches Cardinals to Game One Win

by @ 7:00 pm. Filed under 2006 World Series

I’m going out to celebrate, but what a game.  Look tomorrow morning for the recap.

October 20, 2006

Jeff Suppan Pitches Cardinals to Second NL Pennant in Three Years

by @ 2:12 am. Filed under 2006 NLCS

Alright, the Cardinals did it.  They were written off for dead when they limped into the playoffs and nobody gave them much of a chance against the Padres.  But here they are, and it’s against a team who the Cardinals have played in two previous World Series.

The Mets got their scoring out of the way early last night.  David Wright singled home Carlos Beltran and things were looking grim.  Jeff Suppan then got Shawn Green to line out to end that inning and put the Mets down in order in the second and third innings.

The Cardinals didn’t waste much time answering the challenge.  Jim Edmonds led off the second inning with a single and he moved to third on Yadier Molina’s single.  Then Ronnie Belliard hit a fly ball deep enough to score Edmonds to tie the game up.

Then, nobody scored.  Jeff Suppan threw seven innings and Oliver Perez threw eight and when they both left, the score remainined 1-1. 

In the top of the ninth, Scott Rolen singled with two outs and then an unlikely hero came through.  Yadier Molina, the defensive specialist behind the plate, hit a huge two run homer to make it 3-1.  Adam Wainwright came in to close things in the bottom of the ninth and he looked like he was going to blow it.  He gave up two quick singles before getting two outs.  He walked Paul LoDuca to load the bases up, but then he struck out Carlos Beltran to end the game and the series.

Game one of the World Series is tomorrow.

October 19, 2006

Win Or Go Home

by @ 2:18 am. Filed under 2006 NLCS, Uncategorized

The Cardinals didn’t get it done yesterday.  Chris Carpenter wasn’t perfect, but he threw a game he should of won.  Brandon Looper didn’t help with he two runs he gave up.  And then you can also blame the offense because they didn’t put a run on the board until the ninth inning.

Now, it’s all up to Jeff Suppan and the bats in a critical game seven.  Man my nerves are on edge.

October 18, 2006

Cardinals Head Back to New York With 3-2 Lead

by @ 1:49 am. Filed under 2006 NLCS

Alright, Jeff Weaver came through for us big time last night.  He got touched up for two runs in the fourth inning and for the briefest of moments the Mets had a 2-0 lead.  The offense picked things up though and scored runs in each of fourth, fifth and sixth innings to give Weaver his second post season win.

It was a Jose Valentin double that scored the two runs that gave the Mets the lead. Then in the bottom of the fourth, Albert Pujols hit a solo shot and Ronnie Belliard singled home Scott Rolen to make it 2-2.  In the fifth, Preston Wilson doubled home David Eckstein and then in the sixth, Chris Duncan hit a solo shot to make it 4-2, which ended up being the final.

Jeff Weaver threw six solid innings and he gave up the two runs on six hits and a walk.  Josh Kinney, Randy Flores and Adam Wainwright then held the Mets scoreless in the final three frames to help out in the win.

There’s no travel day because of the rain out. Tonight will be our best chance to win this thing because we’ll have Chris Carpenter going up against John Maine.  Our ace is on the mound so it’s imperative we get this done.

October 16, 2006

Cardinals Pen Gets Blown Out, Series Now Tied 2-2

by @ 2:16 am. Filed under 2006 NLCS

Alright, the Cardinals were in this game for the first half of things but once Anthony Reyes came out of there (not that he was pitching particularly good), the flood gates opened.  Josh Hancock was particularly bad.  He was credited with five earned runs without getting a single batter out.

The Cardinals did come close to matching the Mets in homeruns in the 12-5 loss but they were all solo shots.  Yadier Molina, David Eckstein and Jim Edmonds all went deep in the blowout.

Tonight’s game is pretty big.  It’s the last home game of the series so if we lose, the Cards will be forced to win two in a row at Shea.  Tonight it’ll be Jeff Weaver going up against Tom Glavine, a matchup we lost in game one.  Hopefully the Cards will be able to turn that around tonight.

October 15, 2006

Jeff Suppan Shuts Out Mets to Push Cardinals Ahead in NLCS 2-1

by @ 3:20 am. Filed under 2006 NLCS

What a pitching performance.  The Mets have one of those high powered offenses where you look at their lineup, and they post studs in the order from one through five (okay, maybe not Lo Duca, but for a catcher, he’s a very good hitter) and then solid hitters the rest of the way down.  For Jeff Suppan to hold this Mets team to three hits over eight innings is nothing short of phenomonal.

There’s something to be said for pitching with a lead, and that’s just what the Cardinals gave Suppan.  Scott Spiezio got it done again with a two run triple in the first and then in the second, Suppan helped out his own cause with a solo homerun.  David Eckstein scored on a wild pitch and then Jim Edmonds drove home Preston Wilson on a ground out.  By the end of two innings, the score was 5-0 and it would remain so for the entire game.

If the Cardinals pull out this series, their opponent will be the Detroit Tigers.  There’s some history between these two teams.  The last of the Gas House Gang teams in 1934 beat the Tigers in the World Series and then the 1968 Cardinals team lost in seven games to the Tigers in that World Series. 

Tonight, Oliver Perez goes up against Anthony Reyes.  It’ll be Reyes’ postseason debut, and I like our chances in this one.

October 14, 2006

Cardinals Win Game Two in a Shootout

by @ 3:36 am. Filed under 2006 NLCS

Alright, we’re all tied up.  Chris Carpenter got off to a shaky start and things were looking grim, but the Cardinals got their bats going and scored some runs.

Down 6-4, Scott Spiezio tripled home Jim Edmonds and Albert Pujols to tie the game up in the seventh. And then in the ninth, off of one of the best closers in the game, the Cardinals put up three runs to bust the game open.  The game winner came on a solo shot by So Taguchi.

There were a lot of big games at the plate.  Yadier Molina went three for five with two RBIs.  Albert Pujols and Jim Edmonds both scored three runs and Scott Spiezio drove in three.

Chris Carpenter gave up five runs in five innings but the bullpen picked him up nicely.  Four relievers combined to three 3 2/3 shutout innings to close out the game.

Tonight, it’ll be Steve Trachsel against Jeff Suppan as the stage comes to St. Louis.  The Cards were much better at home this year so it’d be nice to leave St. Louis with a 3-2 lead, if not a 4-1 win.

October 13, 2006

Cardinals Shut Out In Loss To Mets

by @ 2:10 am. Filed under 2006 NLCS

Game one goes to the Mets.  You have to give Jeff Weaver credit though.  He was really good through five innings and then he finally got tagged by an All Star for a two run shot.  In the meantime, the Cardinals gave Weaver no support.

Give some props to the pen.  Tyler Johnson, Brad Thompson and Brandon Looper held the Mets scoreless the rest of the way, the Cards just couldn’t get the bats going to take advantage of it.

Four singles and four walks.  That’s it.

There is good news though. Chris Carpenter takes the mound against John Maine and this is a game we should win.

October 12, 2006

Rain Out

by @ 2:32 am. Filed under 2006 NLCS

Work’s been busy so that hasn’t allowed me to do a proper preview for this series.  And I got home in time to watch this game only to find out it was rained out.  So the Cardinals will play in their third straight NLCS a day later then usual.

Albert Pujols is obviously the key, although that’s the no brainer of the century.  Chris Carpenter is going to have to win two games as well.  It all revolves around those two guys.

October 10, 2006

Cardinals Win 1926 World Series, St. Louis Celebrates First World Championship in Franchise History

by @ 12:38 pm. Filed under 1926 Cardinals, 1926 World Series

1926 World Series – Game Seven
October 10, 1926 at Yankee Stadium
Cardinals 3, Yankees 2  Cardinals Win Best of Seven Series 4-3

It all came down to this one game.  Jesse Haines took the mound against Waite Hoyt and neither starter let their team down. 

Both teams got two out singles in the first, but neither could push them across.  It wasn’t until the third inning that either team scored and that was when Babe Ruth hit his fourth homerun of the series to give the Yankees a 1-0 lead.

The Cardinals didn’t waste much time to answer.  Rogers Hornsby grounded out to begin the inning and then Jim Bottomley singled.  Les Bell then reached base on Mark Koenig’s fourth error of the World Series, and that put runners at first and second.  Chick Hafey then singled to load the bases and then Bob O’Farrell hit a fly ball deep enough to left field to score Bottomley, but Bob Meusel miffed it.  So instead of having a tie game with two men on and two outs, the bases remained loaded with one out and that would end up being the difference in the game.  Tommy Thevenow followed that up with a huge two run single and just like that, the Cardinals had a 3-1 lead, all on unearned runs.

The Yankees threatened in the fifth and had two men on, but Haines got Meusel to ground out.  It wasn’t until the sixth inning when the Yankees put a dent into that 3-1 lead.  With two outs, Joe Dugan singled and then he scored on Hank Severeid’s double to make it 3-2.

Haines ran into a heap of trouble in the seventh.  Earle Combs singled and moved to second on Koenig’s bunt.  Babe Ruth was given a free pass and then Meusel forced Ruth out at second to put runners on the corners with two outs.  Haines then walked Lou Gehrig to load the bases and Rogers Hornsby then went to his pen.

Less then four months ago, the Chicago Cubs gave up on Grover Alexander.  They put him on waivers after his drinking became a problem.  The Cardinals then made a bold move by picking him up with some advice from the Cardinals third base coach, Bill Killefer.  A former catcher for Alexander, Killefer thought he’d be able to get Alexander back on track, and he did just that.  And after pitching a complete game the day before, Alexander would get one more chance to shine in the 1926 World Series.  He came in with the bases loaded and two outs, and he struck out Tony Lazzeri to end the inning.

The Cardinals made some noise in the eighth and had runners at the corners with two outs but Bob O’Farrell grounded into a fielders choice to end the inning.  Alexander put the Cardinals down in order in the eighth as did Yankees’ reliever Herb Pennock in the top of the ninth so the Yankees started their final inning down 3-2.

Alexander got the first two batters on ground outs to Les Bell.  He then walked Babe Ruth so the Yankees had the winning run at the plate.  Then in one of the most bizare plays in World Series history, Babe Ruth attempted to steal second base and was gunned down easily to end the game.  It’s the only time a World Series has ended on a base runner being caught stealing.

It was definitely a great way to cap off a classic World Series.  The Cardinals won the World Series and went home as champions for the first time in modern baseball.

October 9, 2006

Cardinals Blow Out Yankees in Game Six, Even Series at Three a Piece

by @ 12:34 pm. Filed under 1926 Cardinals, 1926 World Series

1926 World Series – Game Six
October 9, 1926 at Yankee Stadium
Cardinals 10, Yankees 2  Best of Seven Series Tied 3-3

The Cardinals entered Yankees Stadium needing a win to keep their championship hopes alive and they came through in grand fashion.  The Cardinals picked up three quick runs in the top of the first and while that was all they’d need because of another outing by Grover Alexander, they’d eventually run up the score with ten runs.

Les Bell had a huge game for the cardinals.  He had three hits including the the only homerun of the game, and he drove in four runs.  Billy Southworth doubled and tripled and he scored three times and Rogers Hornsby drove in three runs in the blowout win.

Alexander won his second game of the post season.  He gave up only two runs on eight hits and two walks with six strikouts.

Game seven was tomorrow.  It all comes down to this final game.

Cardinals Move On To Third Straight NLCS

by @ 2:17 am. Filed under 2006 NLDS

Alright, the Cardinals took care of things yesterday and disposed of the Padres.  I really thought last night’s game might have been our last chance.  It was at home and with our ace on the mound, and the team came through.

Carpenter was touched up for two runs in the first inning, but then he was excellent after that.  He gave up only the two runs on seven hits and three walks with five strikeouts in seven innings. 

The go ahead run scored in the seventh when Juan Encarnacion tripled home Albert Pujols.  The Cards also piled on three more runs that inning to make it a 6-2 final.  Ron Belliard drove in two runs and Yadier Molina had two hits.

Next up is the NL best Mets.  They took care of the Dodgers on Saturday in a three game sweep so they’ll have some rest.  Game one is Wednesday in New York.

October 8, 2006

Padres Force Game Four, Beat Cardinals 3-1

by @ 3:48 am. Filed under 2006 NLDS

Jeff Suppan got knocked around yesterday. He gave up three early runs in the fourth and that ended up being the difference.  He had also gotten into a jam in the second inning but he pitched his way out of it.  Fortunately, the pen did some really nice work and five relievers combined for 4 2/3 shutout innings.  Unfortunately, the Cards could never get their bats going and they put only one run on the board.

So Taguchi hit a solo homerun in the eighth inning, and that was it. Even Albert Pujols was held in check, which is no small task.  So the Padres and Cardinals will have the spotlight tonight because they’re the only series still playing.  Hopefully Chris Carpenter will be able to get the job done tonight.

October 7, 2006

Yankees Edge Cardinals in Ten Innings to Take 3-2 Lead

by @ 12:26 pm. Filed under 1926 Cardinals, 1926 World Series

1926 World Series – Game Five
October 7, 1926 at Sportsman’s Park
Yankees 3, Cardinals 2  Yankees Lead Best of Seven Series 3-2

The Yankees came to within one game of winning their second World Series in the past four years in a ten inning win over the Cardinals.  The game definitely had it’s drama and it centered around a ten inning pitching dual between Bill Sherdel and Herb Pennock.

Billy Southworth tried to get things going early all by himself.  In the first inning, he reached on an error by Mark Koenig, stole second and then moved to third on a passed ball.  Unfortunately, back to back groundouts by Rogers Hornsby and Jim Bottomley stranded him at third base.

Sherdel got out of a big jam in the second when he got Joe Dugan to ground into a double play with runners on first and third.  After that second inning, he didn’t give up a hit until the sixth.

The Cardinals got on the board in the bottom of the fourth.  Bottomley doubled with one out and he scored on Les Bell’s single.  The inning ended when Bell was caught stealing second base.

The Yankees finally struck in the sixth inning.  Pennock helped out his own cause with a lead off double.  He was almost picked off second base and the only thing that kept him there was a fielding error by Tommy ThevenowEarle Combs then walked and then Pennock scored on Koenig’s RBI single.  Babe Ruth struck out and then Bob Meusel moved Combs to third with a sac. fly before Tony Lazzeri flew out to right to end the inning.  The game was tied, but it could have been a lot worse.

In the seventh inning, the Cardinals answered.  Bell led off with a double and then he scored on a one out single by Bob O’Farrell.  The Yankees went down quietly in the eighth and the game entered the ninth inning with the Cardinals up 2-1.

It didn’t take long for the Yankees to tie it up in the ninth.  Lou Gehrig led off with a double and he moved to third on Lazzeri’s bunt single.  Ben Paschal then drove home Gehrig with a pinch hit single and the game was tied still with nobody out and two men on.  Hank Severeid tried to bunt everyone over but Lazzeri was gunned down at third by Bob O’Farrell.  Two groundouts later, the inning was over but the game was tied.

The Cardinals went down in order in the bottom of the ninth so the game went into extra frames.  In the top of the tenth, Koenig led off with a single and then he moved to second on Sherdel’s wild pitch.  Babe Ruth walked and then Meusel moved both runners over with a bunt.  Lou Gehrig was given an intentional pass but then Tony Lazzeri hit a fly ball deep enough to left to score Koenig to give the Yankees their first and only lead of the game.  Sherdel actually loaded up the bases again when he hit Mike Gazella but he got Severeid to pop up to end the inning.

The Cardinals got a man on in the bottom of the tenth but he was stranded at first base.  Now the Cardinals had to back to New York and they had to win the final two games.

October 6, 2006

Yankees Blow Out Cardinals to Even Series at 2-2

by @ 12:46 pm. Filed under 1926 Cardinals, 1926 World Series

1926 World Series – Game Four
October 6, 1926 at Sportsman’s Park
Yankees 10, Cardinals 5  Best of Seven Series Tied 2-2

The Yankees evened things up with the Cardinals today in a blowout win over.  Babe Ruth had his first big game of the series and he hammered whoever the Cardinals threw out on the mound.  He hit a solo homerun in the first and third innings and then he had a two run homerun in the sixth.  He also walked and later scored so he finished three for three with three homeruns, four RBIs and four runs.

Flint Rhem lasted only four innings.  He gave up three runs, including two of Ruth’s homeruns, on seven hits and two walks.  Art Reinhart was also shelled in a relief appearance.  He walked four and gave up four runs on four hits without getting a single Yankee out.

The Cardinals actually had the lead when they scored three runs in the fourth inning.  The Cardinals racked up as many hit as the Yankees (fourteen), but the big difference were the ten walks that the Yankees drew.

October 5, 2006

Jeff Weaver, Bullpen Shuts Out Padres to Take 2-0 Lead

by @ 5:38 pm. Filed under 2006 NLDS

Man, what a pick up.  Jeff Weaver had done nothing but get shelled all season.  Then he comes to St. Louis and after a rocky start, he’s found his groove.  This afternoon, he was nothing short of awesome.  He went only five innings, but he gave up only two hits as he and four relievers combined for a four hit shutout.

The Cardinals did all of their damage in the fourth inning.  Preston Wilson doubled and then he scored on Albert Pujols’ single.  Two outs later, Jim Edmonds then singled and drove home Pujols for the second run of the game.

Both team’s get the day off tomorrow and then it’s the first ever playoff game in new Busch Stadium.  Hopefully the Cardinals can wrap this up with a sweep.

Jesse Haines Shuts Out Yankees in Game Three Win

by @ 12:40 pm. Filed under 1926 Cardinals, 1926 World Series

1926 World Series – Game Three
October 5, 1926 at Sportsman’s Park
Cardinals 4, Yankees 0  Cardinals Lead Best of Seven Series 2-1

Jesse Haines held the Yankees to five hits in a complete game shutout over the Yankees that put the Cardinals up by a game in their best of seven series.  It was the first ever home World Series win for the Cardinals.

The Cardinals got two men on in the third but Yankees starter Dutch Ruether ended the threat with no damage.  With on out and a man on in the Yankees’ fourth, the game was postponed for around a half hour because of rain.  When things commenced, Haines got Lou Gehrig to pop out and Tony Lazzeri to ground out to end the inning.

The Cardinals’ big inning was the fourth.  Les Bell singled and he moved to second on Chick Hafey’s bunt.  Bob O’Farrell walked and Tommy Thevenow grounded out in what appeared to be an inning ending double play but Yankees shortstop Mark Koenig threw the ball away after getting O’Farrell out at second and that allowed Bell to score.  Jesse Haines then made the Yankees pay for their error by hitting a two run homerun to help out his own cause and to give the Cardinals a 3-0 lead.

The Cardinals added a run in the fifth inning when Billy Southworth scored on Jim Bottomley’s ground out.  Bottomely already had four RBIs in the series and one in each of the three World Series games.

Neither team did much after that fifth inning because Haines never allowed more the one hit in an inning.  From the fifth inning on, no Yankee even reach second base.

October 3, 2006

Chris Carptnter and Albert Pujols Leads Cardinals in Game One Win Over Padres

by @ 6:39 pm. Filed under 2006 NLDS

This was a huge win.  A lot of people were writing off the Cardinals and while this series is hardly over, we took care of the Padres ace.  Chris Carpenter was very good through 6 1/3 innings and the bats gave him more then enough run support.

Speaking of run support, Albert Pujols hit homerun number 50 for the season and his first of hopefully many during the post season.  He drove in the first two runs and that ended up being the difference maker for the team.

The Cards have the day off tomorrow and then Thursday things start back up.  It’ll be Jeff Weaver going up against David Wells.

Cardinals Bounce Back and Take Game Two Behind Strong Pitching by Grover Alexander

by @ 12:17 pm. Filed under 1926 Cardinals, 1926 World Series

1926 World Series – Game Two
October 3, 1926 at Yankee Stadium
Cardinals 6, Yankees 2  Best of Seven Series Tied 1-1

Grover Alexander took the mound for the Cardinals in game two of the World Series and he got off to a shaky start.  After a scoreless first inning, the Yankees touched Alexander up for two runs on three hits and just like that, the game was 2-0.

The Cardinals answered in the top of the third.  Taylor Douthit started things off with a single off of Yankees’ starter Urban Shocker and he moved to second on Billy Southworth’s single.  Rogers Hornsby bunted them both over which set up Jim Bottomley’s two run single that tied the game up 2-2.  Les Bell popped up and Chick Hafey and Les Bell flew out to end that inning with no further damage.

From that second inning, Alexander was nearly unhittable.  The Yankees touched him for a run in the third inning, but from that point on, he retired the next 21 batters in succession in a pitching clinic.  He finished the game with ten strikeouts and he struck out the side in the fourth.

In the meantime, the Cardinals went down in order in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings.  It wasn’t until the seventh inning when the Cardinals finally struck gold.

Bob O’Farrell led off the seventh with a double.  Tommy Thevenow then moved him over to third on his single and then the Cardinals ran into trouble.  Alexander popped out and Douthit flew out to left and was unable to score O’Farrell.  With two outs, Billy Southworth came to plate and hit a huge three run homerun that gave the Cardinals their first lead of the series.

The Cardinals scored another run in the ninth on Tommy Thevenow’s inside the park homerun but it was unneccesary because of Alexander’s strong pitching.  It was the first World Series victory in Cardinals franchise history.

It’s somewhat ironic that both Southworth and Alexander were the key drivers in this win.  Neither started the season with the team but both played instrumental roles once they were picked up.

October 2, 2006

Yankees Edge Cardinals In Game One of 1926 World Series

by @ 4:47 pm. Filed under 1926 Cardinals, 1926 World Series

1926 World Series – Game One
October 2, 1926 at Yankee Stadium
Yankees 2, Cardinals 1  Yankees Lead Best of Seven Series 1-0

The Yankees took the first game of the World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals.  It was definitely a pitchers dual as both teams combined for only three runs on nine hits.

The Cardinals actually got on the board first.  Taylor Douthit led off the game with a double off Yankees starter Pennock.  Billy Southworth moved him over to third on a ground out to Tony Lazzeri and the Rogers Hornsby grounded out to the pitcher to make it two outs.  Then Jim Bottomley came up big and drove a single to left field to score Douthit.  Unfortunately, this was the only run of the game for the Cardinals.

Bill Sherdel threw a nice game but he came up just short.  The Yankees tied the game up in the bottom of the first on Lou Gehirg’s fielders choice, and then they took the lead in the sixth when Gehrig drove home Babe Ruth with an RBI single.

The Cardinals had only one hit off of Herb Pennock after that first inning and that wasn’t until the ninth inning on another single by Bottomley.  They did threaten in the eighth when the Bob O’Farrell and Douhit both drew walks but the Cardinals couldn’t get either runner across to tie the game up.

Bill Sherdel went seven innings and gave up two runs on six hits and three walks with one strikeout.  Jesse Haines pitched a shutout eighth to close out the game for the Cardinals after Hornsby used a pinch hitter for Sherdel in the top of the eighth.

October 1, 2006

Cardinals Lock Up NL Central Despite Another Loss to the Brewers

by @ 5:41 pm. Filed under 2006 Season

The Cardinals split their four game series with the Brewers and it turns out that it’s exactly what they needed.  Had they lost one more game, they would have played that make up game, and I know the Cards didn’t want to be there.  I did see a highlight and the Cardinals have the third lowest winning percentage of a team to make the post season.  Regardless, they’re in and they’ll square off against the Padres on Tuesday.

On Thursday, the Brewers jumped all over Jason Marquis in his 16th loss of the season.  He gave up six runs in only two innings of work and Josh Hancock gave up two more in an inning of relief.  Preston Wilson and Scot Rolen both went yard and Wilson drove in three runs in the 9-4 loss.

On Friday, the Cards returned the favor and doubled up the Brewers 10-5.  Jeff Weaver was good enough to improve to 5-4 and Preston Wilson and Albert Pujols both went deep.  Pujols drove in three runs and Scott Rolen scored three times in the blowout win.

Yesterday’s game pretty much locked things up.  Jeff Suppan was very good through seven innings but he left the game down to 2-0.  It wasn’t until the eight inning when the Cardinals got the bats going.  Scott Spiezio came through with a huge three run bases loaded clearing triple to give the Cards the lead.  Tyler Johnson got the win and Adam Wainwright picked up the save.

Today’s game was kind of ugly.  The Brewers jumped out to a quick lead and never looked back.  The Cardinals didn’t score a single run until they scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth and they were all on solo homeruns by Spiezio, Pujols and Chris Duncan. 

So next up is the NLDS and the Padres.  It would have been nice to start at home but the Cards lost that opportunity some time ago.  Chris Carptenter should get the start in game one.

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