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April 30, 2007

Cardinals Shut Out in Third Straight Loss

by @ 10:55 am. Filed under 1967 Cardinals, 1967 Cardinals Diary - April

April 30, 1967 at Busch Stadium

Pirates 2, Cardinals 0  (9-6)

The Cardinals finished the month of April on a losing note with their third straight loss.  The were held to just four hits in the shut out loss.  Lou Brock went hitless and his hitting streak caming to an end.

Larry Jaster left the game in the third and he gave up one of the two runs.  Nelson Briles and Hal Woodeshick were both good in relief but with out the bats doing anything, they could have been perfect and still lost the game.

April 29, 2007

Tragedy Strikes The Cardinals

by @ 1:33 pm. Filed under 2007 Season

Cardinals relief pitcher Josh Hancock died in a car crash early this morning.  After stints with the Red Sox, Phillies and Reds, Hancock was a huge part of the Cardinals bullpen in last years World Series winning season.  I wish Mr. Hancock’s family my condolences in their tragic loss.

April 28, 2007

Cardinals Drop Second Straight To Cubs In Blowout Loss

by @ 4:19 pm. Filed under 2007 Season

Adam Wainwright threw four shutout innings before he was blasted in the fifth inning and gave up six of the seven runs that the Cubs scored that inning.  The loss drops Wainwright to 1-2 on the season and he now has a bloated 6.14 ERA.

Albert Pujols drove in the only run for the Cardinals in the 8-1 loss with a solo homer.  Both Jim Edmonds and Adam Kennedy each finished with two hits.

Kip Wells gets the start tomorrow as the Cardinals try to avoid a sweep.  Rich Hill will be the opposition and while he’s been very good this year, he was tagged in his last start so hopefully we can keep that trend going.

Ray Washburn Hit Hard in Loss to Pirates

by @ 10:52 am. Filed under 1967 Cardinals, 1967 Cardinals Diary - April

April 28, 1967 at Busch Stadium

Pirates 6, Cardinals 2  (9-5)

Ray Washburn gave up five runs in 7 2/3 innings as the Pirates scored four late runs to top the Cardinals.  Washburn gave up eleven hits and walk and he struck out three.

Lou Brock got another hit and he extended his hitting streak to twelve games.  Alex Johnson and Mike Shannon both drove in runs and no Cardinal had more then one hit.

On Big Inning Costs Anthony Reyes Another Loss

by @ 4:18 am. Filed under 2007 Season

Anthony Reyes is now 0-4 and while he hasn’t pitched great, he hasn’t done great either.  He’s always given up three or four runs and while he hasn’t shut down the other team, he hasn’t particularly pitched the Cardinals out of it either so the 0-4 record is a bit deceiving.

Last night was more of the same.  Reyes had one bad inning where he gave up four runs and while the Cardinals got close, they couldn’t mount a full comeback.  He gave up four hits and two walks and he struck out five in the loss.

Yadier Molina provided most of the offense with two run homer.  He went three for four while Scott Rolen singled and drove in a run in the 5-3 loss.

This afternoon, it’ll be Carlos Zambrano going up against Adam Wainwright.  Hopefully Wainwright can bounce back from that tough outing he had last time around and he shutsdown the Cubs for us.

April 27, 2007

Five Run Seventh Costs Cardinals Series Sweep Over Astros

by @ 10:29 am. Filed under 1967 Cardinals, 1967 Cardinals Diary - April

April 27, 1967 at the Astrodome

Astros 6, Cardinals 4  (9-4)

The Cardinals and Bob Gibson were cruising along in this one until the wheels fell of the wagon in the seventh.  Gibson shut out the Astros through six but he gave up three runs in the seventh before yielding to the Hal Woodeshick out of the pen, who proceeded to give up two more runs.  The Cardinals cut the lead down to a single run with a run in the eighth but that was as close as they’d get.

Gibson dropped to 3-1 with the loss.  At the plate, Lou Brock extended his hitting streak to eleven games and Curt Flood had three hits.  Mike Shannon and Tim Carver each threw in two singles and they both scored twice while Bobby Tolan had two singles and two RBIs.

April 26, 2007

Cardinals Come From Behind to Beat Reds In Rubber Game

by @ 1:52 pm. Filed under 2007 Season

The Cardinals needed a win today to take their series with the Reds and they did just that in a nice come from behind win.  Down 4-1, the Cardinals scored runs in their final four frames to win it 7-5.

Skip Schumaker had a nice day at the plate.  He went three for five with two RBIs.  Aaron Miles, Scott Spiezio and Adam Kennedy all had two hits, one run and one RBI a piece.

Randy Keisler had rough start and he gave up four runs in 3 1/3 innings.  It’s fortunate that the pen and the hitters picked him though.  Russ Springer picked up the win and Jason Isringhausen saved with a perfect ninth.

Next up is three more against the Cubs, this time in St. Louis.  We took care of them last weekend so hopefully we get a repeat this time around.

Steve Carlton Strikes Out Nine in First Start of Season

by @ 10:25 am. Filed under 1967 Cardinals, 1967 Cardinals Diary - April

April 26, 1967 at the Astrodome

Cardinals 7, Astros 2  (9-3)

Steve Carlton picked up a win in his first start of the season.  He threw a nice game and struck out nine in eight innings of work.  He gave up only two runs on five hits and two walks.  Dick Hughes pitched a perfect final frame and earned his second save of the season.

Lou Brock extended his hitting streak to ten games with his second triple of the season.  He scored and drove in a run.  Bobby Tolan and Julian Javier each singled twice and drove in a run.  All seven runs were scored by different Cardinals.

April 25, 2007

Cardinals Score Four in the Eighth To Beat Reds

by @ 6:55 pm. Filed under 2007 Season

Albert Pujols doubled home two runs in the bottom of the eighth that ended up being the difference in the Cardinals 5-2 win over the Reds.  Scott Rolen scored two runs and Chris Duncan had two hits and one run in the win.

Braden Looper gave up just one run in seven innings of work but the Cards scored their runs too late for him to get the win.  Randy Flores gave up one run in 1 1/3 innings but he picked up the win and Jason Isringhausen saved it by getting the final batter out in the ninth.

The Cardinals still sit two games below .500 so they have a ways to go.  Randy Keisler will get the start tomorrow in the rubber game and hopefully the Cardinals can take this one and win their second straight series.

Al Jackson Throws One Hit Shutout Over Astros

by @ 10:21 am. Filed under 1967 Cardinals, 1967 Cardinals Diary - April

April 25, 1967 at the Astrodome

Cardinals 4, Astros 0  (8-3)

Al Jackson threw a gem.  He had a no hitter going through seven innings until Bob Aspromonte broke it up with a lead off single in the eighth inning.  Jacskon did walk three and strikeout three, but that was the only hit of the game against him.

Lou Brock had two more hits including a double and it was the ninth time in ten games that he had a multihit game.  He also drove in a run and scored.  Tim McCarver went two for four with a homerun, two runs and two RBIs.

Cardinals, Kip Wells Blasted By Reds

by @ 2:44 am. Filed under 2007 Season

The Cardinals just can’t seem to manage to string together some wins as they dropped the opener of the three game series with the Reds 10-3.  It’s now been close to two weeks since the Cardinals won successive games and the only thing keeping them out of the cellar is that the Cubs are playing even worse.

Last night, Kip Wells was hammered by a solid Reds offense.  He gave up eight runs on nine hits and three walks in 4 2/3 innings.  Brad Thompson joined the party and he gave up two runs near the end of the game.

Scott Spiezio finished with two hits and an RBI while Scott Rolen went two for three with a double and a run.  Not much in the way of hitting stars in this one though.

Tonight, it’ll be Braden Looper who tries to pick up the win for the Cardinals.  The hitters will have to face a tough Bronson Arroyo. I still like our chances in this one though.

April 24, 2007

Cardinals Drop Series Finale to Dodgers in Thirteen Innings

by @ 9:10 am. Filed under 1967 Cardinals, 1967 Cardinals Diary - April

April 24, 1967 at Dodger Stadium

Dodgers 6, Cardinals 5  (7-3)

It may have taken thirteen innings, but the Cardinals lost back to back games for the first time this season.  They came from behind from being down 4-2 to send the game into extra innings and they even took a 5-4 lead in the top of the thirteenth but the Dodgers scored two runs in the bottom of the thirteenth to win it.

Larry Jaster was hit hard in the first three frames and he gave up four runs.  Five different relievers then shut out the Dodgers over the next nine frames but in Joe Hoerner’s fourth inning of work, he finally succumbed and gave up both the tying run and the game winner.

Lou Brock continued his incredible April with three more hits, including a triple.  He drove in two and scored once.  Curt Flood had two hits and an RBI while Juian Javier had a single, a walk and two runs.

April 23, 2007

Dodgers Blow Out Cardinals, Ray Washburn

by @ 9:00 am. Filed under 1967 Cardinals, 1967 Cardinals Diary - April

April 23, 1967 at Dodger Stadium

Dodgers 9, Cardinals 3  (7-2)

The Cardinals actually matched the Dodgers with ten hits but Cardinals’ pitchers gave up eight walks and some of those free passes came back to haunt the team.  Ray Washburn had another rough outing.  He gave up six runs (five earned) on six hits and three walks in only 3 1/3 innings of work.  Three other relievers also gave up runs.

Lou Brock had yet another good game at the plate.  He went three for four with a run and an RBI.  Dal Maxvill had two hits and run as did Curt Flood.

April 22, 2007

Cardinals Hit Four Homeruns in Win Over Cubs

by @ 2:37 pm. Filed under 2007 Season

The Cardinals took the rubber game in one of those windy games at Wrigley Field.  The win was blowing right out and the end result was a combined 21 runs and 33 hits between the two teams as the pitching went out the window.  The good news is, the Cardinals came out on top and took the series in the process.

Just about everyone was a hitting star in this one but it was Scott Rolen who topped them all. He went five for six with a triple, a homerun, three RBIs and three runs.  Albert Pujols, Jim Edmonds and Chris Duncan all went yard in the game as well in the 12-9 win.  The game winner was Albert Pujols three run shot in the top of the tenth.

Adam Wainwrigh was roughed up for seven runs in just 5 1/3 innings.  Jason Isringhausen gave up two in the ninth that tied the game but he picked up the win because the Cardinals got it done in the tenth.

So the Cardinals are creeping slowly back to .500 and they sit at 8-10.  Next up is three against the Reds as the NL Central continues to beat up on each other.  Kip Wells gets the start on Tuesday and he’ll face Aaron Harang.

Bob Gibson Wins Third Straight, Cardinals Continue Winning Ways

by @ 8:57 am. Filed under 1967 Cardinals, 1967 Cardinals Diary - April

April 22, 1967 at Dodger Stadium

Cardinals 3, Dodgers 1  (7-1)

The Cardinals continued their west coast swing with a tight win over the Dodgers.  Bob Gibson was back in form and he improved to 3-0 on the season.  He gave up only a single run on five hits and two walks with six strikeouts. 

The top three hitters in the lineup, Lou Brock, Curt Flood and Roger Maris all had two hits in the game.  Flood drove in two runs and he scored once to account for pretty much all of the Cardinals offense.

April 21, 2007

Anthony Reyes Hit Hard in Third Loss of the Season

by @ 5:29 pm. Filed under 2007 Season

Anthony Reyes was tagged for four runs in the first two innings and six runs total in his six innings against the Cubs today.  The loss drops him to 0-3 on the season and his ERA is still well on the north side of five.

The Cardinals were shut out in the 7-0 loss and it was at the hands of Jason Marquis.  Chris Duncan was the only Cardinal with two hits in the game and the Cards stranded eleven men on base.

Adam Wainwright pitches in the rubber game and he’ll face Wade Miller.  This 7-10 stuff is pretty tough and another loss will mean the Cardinals will need an extended streak just to get back to .500.  The time to win is not guys.

April 20, 2007

Braden Looper Pitches Cardinals to Win

by @ 1:45 pm. Filed under 2007 Season

The Cardinals four game winning streak came to an end today with some very effective pitching by Braden Looper.  He gave up an early run but then held the Cubs scoreless the rest of the win.  When the dust settled, he had given up only one run on five hits and two walks with five strikeouts in seven solid innings.  The win pushed him to 3-1 and the reliever to starter expirement seems to be working.  Ryan Franklin threw a scoreless eighth and Jason Isringhausen closed it out in the ninth to pick up his fourth save.

The Cardinals scored both of their runs in the 2-1 on one swing of the bat by Preston Wilson.  His two run homer was all the Cards got, but it was all they needed too.  Jim Edmonds tripled and he scored on the homerun.

Anthony Reyes will take on Jason Marquis tomorrow afternoon.  Hopefully the Cards can make it two straight.

Al Jackson Hammered in Cardinals First Loss of Season

by @ 8:54 am. Filed under 1967 Cardinals, 1967 Cardinals Diary - April

April 20, 1967 at Candlestick Park

Giants 7, Cardinals 5  (6-1)

The Cardinals six game winning streak came to an end in pretty much one inning.  Starter Al Jacskon gave up five runs in the second inning and while the Cardinals pulled to within two runs, they couldn’t finish the comeback.

Jackson dropped to 1-1 on the year.  Ron Willis was also hit hard and he was tagged for two runs in 1 2/3 innings of work.  On the hitting side, Lou Brock continued to rake the ball and he hit his sixth homerun of the season.  Tim McCarver drove in two runs while Roger Maris scored twice.

April 19, 2007

Cardinals Lose Fourth Straight Game

by @ 5:09 pm. Filed under 2007 Season

Kip Wells was roughed up this afternoon and the Cardinals both games in their two game series to the Giants and their fourth straight game overall. Wells gave up five runs on six hits and two walks with four strikeouts.

Oddly, for as bad as Wells pitched, he hit the ball very well. He went two for two with a homerun and he scored both of the Cardinals runs in the 6-2 loss.

Next up are the Cubs at Wrigley. There’s no better way to end a skid then to your arch rivals. Braden Looper takes on Ted Lilly in the opener tomorrow.

Tim McCarver’s First Inning Homerun Helps Push Cardinals to Sixth Straight Win

by @ 7:58 am. Filed under 1967 Cardinals, 1967 Cardinals Diary - April

April 19, 1967 at Candlestick Park

Cardinals 7, Giants 5  (6-0)

Tim McCarver got the Cardinals going in their sixth straight win when he hit a three run shot in the first inning.  The Cardinals eventually took a 7-2 lead and while the Giants chipped away at, the closest they could get the 7-5 final.  Julian Javier also had a big game.  He went three for four with a homerun, two runs and two RBIs.

Larry Jaster didn’t have his best start, but he improved to 2-0 on the season.  He gave up five runs on nine hits (four of which were homeruns) and he struck out six in 7 1/3 innings.  Joe Hoerner pitched the final 1 2/3 and he picked up his first save of the season.

Cardinals Blow Lead, Lose in Twelve

by @ 6:08 am. Filed under 2007 Season

The Cardinals took a 4-1 lead in the third inning only to see the Giants chip away and it and finally tie the game up in the eighth inning.  Then Josh Hancock gave up a run to lose it in the twelth.

Randy Keisler was mediocre in his start.  He gave up four runs (three earned) on six hits and three walks with two strikeouts in five innings of work in the 6-5 loss.  Albert Pujols hit homerun number four and he drove in two runs and David Eckstein had two hits, a run and an RBI in the loss.

The finale of the two game series is this afternoon and Kip Wells will try to continue his solid start.  The Cardinals will face a tough left hander in Noah Lowry.  It’s been three straight losses and it’s time to stop the bleeding.

April 18, 2007

Ray Washburn, Bullpen Pitch Cardinals to Fifth Straight Win

by @ 7:54 am. Filed under 1967 Cardinals, 1967 Cardinals Diary - April

April 18, 1967 at Candlestick Park

Cardinals 2, Giants 1  (5-0)

The Cardinals won their fifth straight game to open the 1967 season, but they needed eleven innings to win this one.  The Cardinals scored a run in the top of the fourth on Julian Javier’s solo homerun and the Giants answered in the bottom half of the inning.  Then neither team scored until the eleventh, when Orlando Cepeda singled home Roger Maris to put the Cardinals ahead for good.

Ray Washburn pitched the equivalent of a four hitter but despite throwing nine solid innings, he didn’t get the decision.  Hal Woodeshick got the final four Giants out and he walked away with hs first hit of the season.

April 17, 2007

Cardinals Held to Four Hits In Second Straight Loss to Pirates

by @ 11:50 am. Filed under 2007 Season

It’s only a two game series, but a sweep is a sweep as the Pirates rolled into town and took two games over the Pirates.  Today’s game was just a poor performance all the way around as the pitching was sub-par and the hitting was even worse.

In all, the Cardinals racked up just four hits.  The lone run came in the fifth inning when Gary Bennett drove home Scott Rolen on sac. fly.

And on the mound, the pitching wasn’t that much better. Adam Wainwright slipped to 1-1 and he was roughed up.  He gave up five runs on eight hits and three walks with four strikeouts in six innings of work. Brad Thompson was also tagged for a run in relief.

So the Cardinals have now slipped below .500 and they sit at 6-7, a half game back of the Pirates of all teams.  Sigh, hopefully the Cards get things going and hopefully this week because they head to San Francisco for two against a struggling Giants team.

Cardinals Held to Six Hits in Loss to Pirates

by @ 2:47 am. Filed under 2007 Season

The Cardinals dropped back to .500 with a loss to a tough young Pirates’ pitcher Ian Snell. In all, the Cardinals managed just two runs on six hits and both of the runs came late.  Jim Edmonds singled home a run in the eighth and Adam Kennedy singled one home in the seventh.  Scott Rolen finished the game with two hits and a run.

Anthony Reyes dropped to 0-2 with a so so start.  He gave up just three runs but it was over just five innings and he did it on six hits and three walks.  The pen pitched well though.  Three relievers combined for four shutout innings.

The series wraps up this afternoon.  It’s another solid battle between two young pitchers as Adam Wainwright takes on Tom Gorzelanny.

April 16, 2007

Brock Homers Twice In Second Straight Game

by @ 6:18 pm. Filed under 1967 Cardinals, 1967 Cardinals Diary - April

April 16, 1967 at Busch Stadium

Cardinals 11, Astros 8  (4-0)

It’s not too often that Bob Gibson gives up seven runs in a start and it’s even more rare to walk away from that start with a win, which is what Gibson did because Lou Brock once again went yard twice.  Brock went four for five with two homeruns, four runs and three RBIs.  The two homeruns brought his season total up to five.

Orlando Cepeda also homered and it was his first of the season.  Roger Maris drove in three runs and Curt Flood had two hits, two RBIs and two runs.

Gibson lasted six innings and he gave up the seven runs on ten hits and two walks.  Steve Carlton pitched the final three frames and he picked up his first career save.  Carlton would finish his Hall of Fame career with only two saves and his next wouldn’t come until twenty years later in 1987 when he played for the Indians.

April 15, 2007

Lou Brock Homers Twice in Blowout Win Over Dodgers

by @ 6:42 pm. Filed under 1967 Cardinals, 1967 Cardinals Diary - April

April 15, 1967 at Busch Stadium

Cardinals 13, Dodgers 4 (3-0)

The Cardinals ran up the score on the Dodgers to win their third straight game to open up the season.  Lou Brock had a monster game.  He went four for six with two homeruns, five RBIs and three runs.  Orlando Cepeda and Tim McCarver both had good games as well.  They both had three hits, two runs and two RBIs.

Al Jackson picked up an easy win despite giving up four runs in seven innings of work.  Hal Woodeshick threw the final two frames and picked up the save.

Albert Pujols Hits Two Homeruns in Win Over Brewers

by @ 5:46 pm. Filed under 2007 Season

The Cardinals beat up on Ben Sheets today and Albert Pujols hopefully hit out of his slump with a two homer day as the Cards beat the Brewers 10-2.  Pujols finished with five RBIs and Chris Duncan went four for five with a homerun, two runs and an RBI.

Braden Looper picked up the win and he improved to 2-1.  He gave up two runs on five hits and two walks with three strikeouts in six innings of work.

So with the rain shortened series, the Cardinals now sit a half game back of the Reds and tied with the Brewers at 6-5.  Next up are the Pirates, who roll into town for a two game series.  Anthony Reyes gets the start and he’ll face Ian Snell in a battle of two rising star pitchers.

April 14, 2007

Roger Maris, Orlando Cepeda Lead Cardinals to Win Over Dodgers

by @ 6:38 pm. Filed under 1967 Cardinals, 1967 Cardinals Diary - April

April 14, 1967 at Busch Stadium

Cardinals 8, Dodgers 4  (2-0)

The Cardinals doubled up the Dodgers to win their second straight game to open up the season.  Orlando Cepeda and Roger Maris got it done at the plate in the Cardinals eight run attack.  Cepeda doubled twice, scored two runs and drove in three while Maris went three for four with an RBI and three runs.

Larry Jaster had a solid outing on the mound.  He gave up three runs on seven hits and three walks with four strikeouts in eight innings of work.  Dick Hughes finished the game up and picked up the save despite giving up a run in the ninth inning.

Cardinals Four Game Winning Streak Ends With Loss to Brewers

by @ 6:38 pm. Filed under 2007 Season

Kip Wells threw a good enough game, it just wasn’t good enough today.  He gave up three runs on five hits and two walks with four strikeouts in seven innings of work.

Scott Rolen singled home Chris Duncan for the first Cardinals run and then Aaron Miles singled home Jim Edmonds for the second run in the 3-2 loss.  Braden Looper gets the start tomorrow and he’ll square off against former Cardinals pitcher Jeff Suppan.   Hopefully we can make his homecoming a Cardinals win.

April 11, 2007

Bob Gibson Throws Five Hit Shutout, Cardinals Win Home Opener

by @ 6:34 pm. Filed under 1967 Cardinals, 1967 Cardinals Diary - April

April 11, 1967 at Busch Stadium

Cardinals 6, Giants 0  (1-0)

The Cardinals cruised to an easy win behind a dominating home opening performance by Bob Gibson.  Gibson gave up only five hits and he struck out thirteen in nine shutout innings.

Lou Brock led the way for the Cardinals at the plate.  He went two for five with a homerun, three RBIs and a run.   Phil Gagliano hit a solo pinch hit homerun and Dal Maxvill had three hits, a run and an RBI.

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