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May 31, 2008

Cards on a Roll

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Todd Wellemeyer continued to be the biggest of several big surprise contributors for the Cardinals this year, allowing only 1 run on 6 hits over 7 innings to put his record at a dazzling 6-1 on the year with an ERA of 3.16. The bullpen had some trouble with the Pirates’ hitters but held on to secure a 5-4 win last night. Ryan Franklin earned his 5th save of the year by recording the final out in the 9th, despite giving up a run on 2 hits in the process.

Albert Pujols led the offense, going 2-3 with 2 RBI on the game to push his average to .364 and hit his 14th home run of the year off Pittsburgh starter Zach Duke in the 1st inning. Joe Mather, one of the Cardinal’s top outfield prospects, went 1-4 with an RBI in his first big league appearance since getting the call after Chris Duncan’s demotion. Wellemeyer and Cesar Izturis each chipped in with an RBI while Yadier Molina was 2-4 with a run scored.

With Joel Pineiro on the 15 day DL with a pulled groin, Mike Parisi (0-1, 2.87 ERA) will get his first big league start tonight at 6:15pm (Central time) against Pirates lefty Paul Maholm (2-5, 5.11 ERA). On a side note, Chris Carpenter, Jason Isringhausen, Brad Thompson, and Matt Clement will all be throwing simulated games over the next few days as they begin to rehab their various injuries. For Carpenter and Clement, it will be their first time facing live hitters this season. Another injured Cardinals starter, Mark Mulder, has announced that he will retire if his most recent arm injury forces him into a 3rd surgery. Despite the fact that this group of injured pitchers includes 3 of the team’s projected starters, Dave Duncan and the group of misfit toys he has collected in his pitching staff have the second-best ERA (3.77) and second-most wins (25) in the National League.

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May 30, 2008

Duncan, Lohse Step Up

by @ 10:53 am. Filed under 2008 Cardinals

Even though he has struggled a bit to start the year, the Cardinals knew they would have to bring their A-games against Astros ace Roy Oswalt and they did just that in a 3-2 victory to seal the series win last night.

Starter Kyle Lohse pitched a phenomenal game, completely shutting the Astros down through 6 innings and allowing only a solo home run by Carlos Lee in the 7th. The Cardinal offense was able to jump on Oswalt early before he settled into a rhythm. Albert Pujols singled with 2 outs in the 1st before Oswalt walked Ryan Ludwick and Troy Glaus to load the bases. Duncan, who has struggled all year, came through with the 2-out, 2-run single to put the Cards up. In the 6th inning Pujols continued to punish the Astros pitching staff for everything that has ever gone wrong in his life, hitting a solo homer off Oswalt to put St. Louis up for good.

The Cards will open up a series against the Pirates tonight at 7:15pm (Central time), sending Todd Wellemeyer (5-1, 3.36 ERA) to the hill against Pittsburgh lefty Zach Duke (2-3, 4.55 ERA).

May 29, 2008

Ace Material

by @ 11:43 am. Filed under 2008 Cardinals

Many people have said that Adam Wainwright would be the Cardinals’ ace by default with Chris Carpenter injured to start the year. Lately, however, the 26 year old has been making a case for himself as the real deal, allowing only 1 run on 3 hits while striking out 8 through 8 innings in St. Louis’ 6-1 win over the Astros last night. The stellar outing puts Wainwright’s record at 5-2 on the year and lowers his ERA to 2.86.

Wainwright was backed by a balanced offensive attack. Yadier Molina and Cesar Izturis each chipped in with 2 RBI from the bottom of the lineup, while Ryan Ludwick continues to mash, adding his 39th RBI of the year.

The Cards will try to close out the series with a win tonight at 7:15pm (Central time) with Kyle Lohse (4-2, 4.26 ERA) facing Houston righty Roy Oswalt (4-4, 5.61 ERA).

May 28, 2008

Chacon Shuts Down Cards

by @ 1:36 pm. Filed under 2008 Cardinals

Braden Looper struggled in his outing last night, giving up 8 runs and not making it through the 5th inning in the Cardinals’ 8-2 loss to the Astros. Houston starter Shawn Chacon scattered 7 hits over 7 innings and never really found himself in trouble, with the exception of at bats against Albert Pujols. Pujols was 4-4 on the day with a solo home run, but his effort was not nearly enough to put the Cards on top. St. Louis will try to right the ship tonight at 7:15pm (Central time), sending Adam Wainwright (4-2, 3.06 ERA) to the hill against Astros’ lefty Wandy Rodriguez (1-0, 2.31 ERA).

May 25, 2008

Cards Drop Finale

by @ 7:57 pm. Filed under 2008 Cardinals

The Cards played well enough to win for 9 innings, but had a few lapses in the extra frame which did them in in their 4-3 loss to the Dodgers today. St. Louis got 2 runs off lefty phenom Clayton Kershaw while Todd Wellemeyer continued to be a pleasant surprise, giving up 3 runs over 6 innings. In the end, it was a ball that got past catcher Yadier Molina in the 10th which put a runner in scoring position and a poorly-located pitch was driven to right by Andre Either to end the game. The Cards will try to re-group at home tomorrow night, sending Braden Looper (6-3, 4.34 ERA) to the hill against Astros righty Shawn Chacon (1-0, 4.11 ERA) at 7:15pm (Central time).

Cards Continue Roll

by @ 8:09 am. Filed under 2008 Cardinals

Kyle Lohse returned to the form he showed early in the season and the Cardinals’ offense was able to get to Dodgers’ starter Brad Penny with 2 outs in the 3rd inning to secure a 4-0 win to put St. Louis back into a tie with Chicago in the top spot in the NL Central.

The Cards took advantage of a couple breaks to get themselves on the board. Penny was cruising with 2 outs and no one on in the 3rd inning when he walked Skip Shumaker and Adam Kennedy. Chris Duncan then blooped an RBI single to left, followed by an Albert Pujols RBI double, then a 2-run double by Rick Ankiel. It was all the Cards would get off Penny as they would only muster up one more hit on the game but it was all they needed with Lohse on the hill. The off-season free agent pickup gave up 6 hits over 6 innings and struck out 5 to put his record at 4-2 on the year. While it was not a save situation, it is also important to note that rookie Chris Perez struck out the side in his 9th inning appearance. 

The Cards will try to close out the sweep as Dodger fans get a glimpse of their team’s future this afternoon. Lefty Clayton Kershaw, widely regarded as one of the top 5 prospects in all baseball, will make his major league debut today at 3:10pm (Central time) against Todd Wellemeyer (5-1, 3.25 ERA).

May 24, 2008

Ace Steps Up

by @ 9:19 am. Filed under 2008 Cardinals

Adam Wainwright showed why he is considered the current ace of the Cardinals’ staff and Ryan Ludwick continued to rake offensively as the Cards took the first game of their series against the LA Dodgers 2-1 last night.

Wainwright was stellar for the first time in a while, giving up only 1 run on 5 hits over 7 innings. Chris Perez earned his first career hold in relief and Ryan Franklin shut the door for his 3rd save of the year, despite a rain delay 1 out into the 9th inning. Offensively, it was the Ryan Ludwick show as the rightfielder secured 3 of St. Louis’s 6 team hits and his 2-run shot in the 3rd proved to be all the offense the team would need to beat Los Angeles starter Derek Lowe.

The Cards will try to put together a little more offense for starter Kyle Lohse (3-2, 4.71 ERA) tonight as they face Dodgers’ righty Brad Penny (5-4, 5.34 ERA) at 9:10pm (Central time).

May 22, 2008

Cards Take Series Against Pads

by @ 10:01 am. Filed under 2008 Cardinals

Joel Piniero got off to a solid start against the Padres Tuesday night, but a 3-run home run by Kevin Kouzmanoff in the 6th was all the Padres needed as they put the Cards away 3-2. St. Louis bounced back to win the series last night, however, as they pounded out 16 hits in an 11-3 win.  Braden Looper earned his 6th win of the year and the Cardinals hitters absolutely punished the Padres pitching corps. An Albert Pujols line drive hit starter Chris Young in the face, knocking him out of the game in the 3rd after giving up 3 runs. The onslaught continued against the bullpen as the Cards took the series and will have today off before heading to LA to take on the Dodgers Friday night.

May 20, 2008

Cards Blast Pads

by @ 2:59 pm. Filed under 2008 Cardinals

Ryan Ludwick was clearly not a fan of splitting time in the Cardinal’s outfield earlier this year and has firmly entrenched himself both in the starting outfield and in the cleanup spot behind Albert Pujols with the absolute tear he has been on for the past month or so.

Ludwick was 3-4 with 3 RBI and his team-leading 12th home run last night as the Cardinals beat down the San Diego Padres 8-2. Albert Pujols is also benefitting from having that type of protection behind him as he went 3-5 with 2 RBI on 2 solo home runs, the first of which traveled over 400 feet. Cesar Izturis added to the barrage with his first homer of the year in his 2-5 effort from the 9 spot. Leadoff man Skip Shumaker was 2-6 on the day and Troy Glaus was 2-4. Todd Wellemeyer continued to queitly be one of the Cardinals’ most consistant starters, giving up only 2 runs on 6 hits over 6 innings.

The Cardinals will try to keep their 1st winning streak in a while alive tonight in San Diego as Joel Piniero (2-2, 4.46 ERA) faces the great Greg Maddux (3-4, 3.98 ERA) at 9:05pm (Central time).

May 19, 2008

Cards Take Series

by @ 7:24 am. Filed under 2008 Cardinals

For the first time in a while the Cardinals decided to find a way to win and dug themselves out of an early 3-0 deficit to beat the Tampa Bay …Rays 5-4  on a walk-off double by Skip Shumaker.

Starter Kyle Lohse did not pitch poorly, giving up only 3 runs (2 earned) over 6 innings but was lifted in the 6th for a pinch hitter. It took the offense a while to get going but once they did it was the top of the order doing the damage. Shumaker and Aaron Miles were each 2-5 with 2 RBI a piece, including Skip’s game-winner. Albert Pujols was 3-5 and Ryan Ludwick hit his team-leading 11th home run in the 7th inning. Chris Perez pitched a perfect 9th inning to get his first career MLB win.

The Cards will try to keep their winning streak alive as they head out West to take on the San Diego Padres tonight at 9:05pm (Central time). Todd Wellemeyer (4-1, 3.27 ERA) will face Padres’ lefty Wil Ledezma (0-0, 2.63 ERA).

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May 18, 2008

Weekend in Review

by @ 7:53 am. Filed under 2008 Cardinals

Jason Isringhausen was put on the 15-day DL after admitting to an injury he suffered several days ago when he punched a TV screen in Milwaukee. Taking his place on the roster was closer of the future Chris Perez, who provided the home fans with their only reason to cheer in the Cards’ 3-1 loss to Tampa Bay Friday night. Perez allowed only 1 baserunner in his inning of work (BJ Upton reached on an error by Albert Pujols) and hit 100mph on the radar. Saturday the Cards looked like they were in ther drivers seat with an 8-4 lead late in the game, but the bullpen struggled as Randy Flores gave up 3 runs and Kyle McClellan blew the save to send the game into extra frames. Ryan Ludwick continued to absolutely tear it up offensively, hitting his 2nd home run of the night in the 10th inning, sending the fans home happy. The Cards will try to build off this momentum today at 1:15pm (Central time) as Kyle Lohse (3-2, 4.91 ERA) faces …Rays’ righty Edwin Jackson (2-3, 3.47 ERA).

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May 16, 2008

Matt Holliday

by @ 5:51 am. Filed under Uncategorized

FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthall says the Rockies may be looking to trade Matt Holliday if they continue to fall out of contention and he mentions St. Louis as a possible destination.

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May 15, 2008

Cards Fall Again

by @ 3:19 pm. Filed under 2008 Cardinals

Joel Pineiro did not have his best stuff today, lasting only 5 innings and allowing 4 runs on 6 hits, but the Cardinals played well enough to win until the 8th inning, when, with a 5-4 lead, recently-demoted closer Jason Isringhausen imploded, giving up 4 runs (3 earned, although the unearned run scored on an error by Izzy) in 1/3 of an inning and leaving with his 5th loss of the year in what would turn out to be an 11-5 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Offensively, Chris Duncan, Albert Pujols, and shortstop Brendan Ryan were each 2-5, Duncan with 2 RBI. Yadier Molina continued his strong play, going 203 with an RBI and 2 walks, pushing his average to .302 on the year. Troy Glaus also continued warm up at the plate, going 3-4 with an RBI while Rick Ankiel added the Cardinals’ other RBI on the day.

The road doesn’t get any easier for St. Louis after dropping a series to the Pirates as they welcome one of the hottest teams in the AL to Busch Stadium to open up interleague play. Righty Andy Sonnanstine (5-1, 5.07 ERA) and the AL East-leading Tampa Bay …Rays come to town to face BRaden Looper (5-2, 4.21 ERA) tomorrow night at 7:15pm (Central time).

Wellemeyer Steps Up

by @ 6:49 am. Filed under 2008 Cardinals

Todd Wellemeyer provided the Cardinals with exactly what they needed last night: a shut-down performance from their starting pitcher. The offense is still stranding a lot of runners and the bullpen still makes the calmest of Cardinal fans bite thier nails but none of that matters when you get the type of quality start Wellemeyer threw yesterday.

Wellemeyer gave up only 2 hits over 7+ innings and allowed one run, which was scored after he allowed a leadoff hit in the 8th inning and the runner came around on a hit allowed by Randy Flores. Offensively, it was the middle of the lineup doing the damage, as Albert Pujols, Ryan Ludwick, Troy Glaus, Yadier Molina, and Cesar Izturis (the 3-7 hitters, respectively) each had an RBI. Rick Ankiel was 2-5 and Izturis was 3-5 but each stranded 3 runners, while Ludwick stranded 4. Troy Glaus had a nice game at the plate, going 3-5 with a run while Pujols continued his strong play with a 2-3 night, scoring a run and chalking up yet another intentional walk.

The Cards will look for another clutch performance from Joel Pineiro (2-2, 4.05 ERA) at 12:15pm (Central time) as he faces Pirates’ righty Ian Snell (2-2, 4.53 ERA).

May 14, 2008

Slide Continues

by @ 5:16 am. Filed under 2008 Cardinals

Albert Pujols hit a big home run in the 8th ining to tie the game, but the Cardinals would fall apart in the 10th and lose their 6th of 7 games in an 8-4 loss to the Pirates last night.

Kyle Lohse pitched well, hopefuly regaining some of his early-season form in giving up 4 runs on 5 hits over 7 innings. Pujols blasted his 8th homer of the year while Troy Glaus cae through from the 5 spot in the order, going 2-3 with 3 RBI and his 2nd home run as a Cardinal. Unfortunately, Ron VIllone gave up 4 runs in the 10th, which allowe the Pirates to go up for good.

The Cards will try to recover tonight at 7:15pm (Central time) as Todd Wellemeyer (3-1, 3.56 ERA) faces Pitssburgh lefty Paul Manholm (2-3, 4.79 ERA).

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May 13, 2008

Brewers Take Series

by @ 5:14 am. Filed under 2008 Cardinals

Adam Wainwright struggled for the first time this season and was undone by a 5-run 3rd inning in the Cardinals’ 8-3 loss last night. Ryan Braun blasted 2 home runs for the second straight night while Yadier Molina and Tony LaRussa were ejected from the game. Molina, after being tossed for arguing balls and strikes behind the plate, tossed his catching gear towards the home plate umpire and proclaimed, “You catch!”

Offensively, the Cards could not get much going. Rick Ankiel hit his 7th home run of the year and Skip Shumaker and Jason LaRue added RBI. The Cards will try to fight their way back into first place and out of this horrible slide tonight against the Pirates as Kyle Lohse (3-2, 4.87 ERA) faces Pittsburgh lefty Phil Dumatrait (1-1, 3.86 ERA).

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May 11, 2008

Cards Can't Beat Brewers' Braun

by @ 6:44 pm. Filed under 2008 Cardinals

The Cards continued their recent struggles today, losing their 4th game in 5 days 5-3 to the Brewers. Former Cardinal Jeff Suppan by no means shut the St. Louis hitters down, but with Ryan Braun and his 2 home runs behind him he did enough to beat out Cardinals starter Braden Looper, who gave up 4 runs on 7 hits through 6 innings.

The somewhat strange game was personified by Albert Pujols, who reached base safely 3 times and has reached in all 39 games this year, but was thrown out on the basepaths all times (caught stealing, thrown out at 3rd trying to take the extra base, and doubled off on a lineout). Ryan Ludwick continues to absolutely rake, hitting a solo home run in the 8th. Ludwick isn’t the only Cardinal hitter surprising people with his offense this year, though, as Yadier Molina continued his strong year at the plate with and RBI single in the 9th. The Cards might have had better luck had they not knocked Eric Gagne out of the closer’s spot in Milwaukee yesterday, though, as Brian Shouse was able to hold on for his first save of the year.

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The Cards will try to right the ship tomorrow as they close their series in Milwaukee at 7:15pm (Central time), sending Adam Wainwright (3-1, 2.25 ERA) to the hill against Brewers’ lefty Dave Bush (0-4, 6.98 ERA).

Cards Come Through in Clutch

by @ 6:32 pm. Filed under 2008 Cardinals

Joel Pineiro pitched a fantastic game Saturday and handed a 3-0 lead over to the bullpen only to see it become a 3-3 tie going into the 9th inning. Luckily, the Cardinals aren’t the only team in the bigs with closer problems as Ryan Ludwick knocked home 2 off Brewers’ closer Eric Gagne to get the Cards their 1st win in 4 games. Ryan Franklin, getting his first shot at the now open competition for the Cardinals’ closer role, shut down the Brewers in the 9th to eran the save.

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May 10, 2008

Izzy Struggles Again

by @ 11:09 am. Filed under 2008 Cardinals

The last time he blew a save, I said it might be time for the Cardinals’ thinktank to start coming up with a contingent plan for closer Jason Isringhausen. After his 5th blown save of the year (and 2nd consecutive), it is Isringhausen, himself, who is saying it is time to “figure out what to do.”

The Cardinals took a 3-0 lead in the second inning on a solo blast by Albert Pujols, a bases-loaded single by pitcher a Todd Wellemeyer then walk by Cesar Izturis. Wellemeyer pitched well on the day, giving up 2 unearned runs over 6 innings and the rest of the bullpen held the lead until they handed it to Izzy in the 9th. He got 2 quick outs, looking like he had shaken off the rust of his previous blown save, but his 3-2 lead fell apart just as quickly as he gave up 2 runs with those 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th and the Cardinals left the game with their first 3-game losing streak of the season.

The Cards will try to get back on track this afternoon at2:40pm (Central time) as they send Joel Pineiro (2-2, 4.43 ERA) to the mound against Brewers’ ace Ben Sheets (4-0, 2.29 ERA).

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May 8, 2008

Cards Slide Into Split

by @ 3:12 pm. Filed under 2008 Cardinals

Kyle Lohse got off to a rough start, giving up 4 runs in the 1st inning, while the St. Louis offense was never really able to get it going against Jorge DeLaRosa in the Cards’ 9-3 loss to the Rockies this afternoon.

Lohse could only get through 4 innings today, giving up 7 runs on 8 hits and pushing his ERA to 4.87. Ryan Ludwick, who has cemented himself in the Cardinals’ starting outfield, was the lone bright spot on offense, blasting 2 solo home runs to put him at 7 on the year. Yadier Molina was the only other Cardinal to collect multiple hits, going 2-4 and pushing his average to .302 on the year after a horrid start at the plate.

Todd Wellemeyer (3-1, 4.07 ERA) and the Cardinals will head to Milwaukee to face the Brewers and lefty Manny Parra (1-2, 5.86 ERA). On a side note, Mark Mulder has been shut down for at least 10 days on his minor league rehab tour as he experienced some shoulder soreness after his last start with AAA Memphis. He has been diagnosed with a mild rotator cuff strain and will be re-evaluated after his 10-day rest. Walt Jocketty didn’t guess wrong on a lot of his trades during his tenure in St. Louis (and here’s hoping that Mulder comes back, pitches well, and leads the Cards to the World Series or at least provides quality trade bait at the deadline), but it’s hard not to look at what Danny Haren is doing these days and shake your head. I suppose you can’t win them all.

Cards Blow Late Lead

by @ 10:35 am. Filed under 2008 Cardinals

No one in the organization is saying it publicly, but there has got to be some growing concern about the performance of closer Jason Isrinhausen after his 4th blown save of the season ended in a 4-3 loss to the Rockies last night.

The blown save overshadowed a fantastic effort by starter Adam Wainwright, who pitched 7 shutout innings before handing a 3-0 lead to the bullpen. Ryan Ludwick continued his torrid pace at the plate, going 2-4 and knocking in 2 runs on a sac fly and a solo h run. But when Isringhausen was called on to appear in the 8th inning, everything unravelled as he wound up with his 4th blown save and 3rd loss of the year, both well beyond his normal numbers this time of year. While it is too early in the year to be sounding the alarms, it is definately something to be keeping an eye on. You want to give a veteran like Isringhuasen the benefit of the doubt, but you also don’t want to be blowing winnable games when the NL Central may very well come down to the wire.

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The Cards will try and pull it together in a few hours at Coors Field, sending Kyle Lohse (3-1, 3.79 ERA) to the hill against Rockies’ lefty Jorge DeLaRosa (0-1, 20,25 ERA).

May 7, 2008

Looper Steps Up

by @ 7:58 am. Filed under 2008 Cardinals

Braden Looper was the hero on several fronts last night as the Cardinals beat the Colorado Rockies 6-5 at Busch Stadium. With the bullpen exhausted, Looper pitched into the 9th inning, allowing 4 runs on 10 hits over 8 1/3 innings pitched. He also came through at the plate, going 2-3 with a walk, run scored, and an RBI.

Cesar Izturis chipped in at the plate, going 2-4 with a run and an RBI while Ryan Ludwick had a monster game, going 4-4 with a walk, a run scored, and an RBI of his own. Rick Ankiel was 2-5 on the day with a run and an RBI, but his real contribution came in the field, where he collected his first 2 outfield assists of the year. The 2nd of those was an absolute cannon shot from right field to 3rd base which left everyone in attendance in total awe.

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The Cards will try to continue their winning ways tonight at 7:35pm (Central time) as Adam Wainwright (3-1, 2.60 ERA) faces Rockies’ lefty Jeff Francis (0-3, 5.26 ERA).

May 6, 2008

Never Say Die

by @ 6:38 am. Filed under 2008 Cardinals

No one expected much out of the Cardinals this year, their starting rotation was a joke, their bullpen was left depleted after being picked clean by the starting staff, and the only hope their offense had was a banged up Albert Pujols. Despite all of this the Cardinals had the most April wins in franchise history and are the surprise story of the early MLB season because they are one of those teams that seems to play outside themselves, never relying on one person to do one thing, and refuses to lose.

Never was this more apparent than in the Cards’ 6-5 win over the Colorado Rockies last night. Joel Pineiro ended a 10-pitch at-bat in the 4th inning with a double, only his 3rd career hit, while journeyman Ron Villone and brand-spanking-new rookie Mike Parisi shut the Rockies down after Pineiro had to come out in the 4th. Oh, and the hero was a guy you might expect: Albert Pujols. His double in the top of the 9th put the go-ahead runner on base. He then proceeded to take off for 3rd and, after seeing that batter Rick Ankiel had hit a soft grounder to 2nd base, round the bag and head for home. The gutsy move paid off as Pujols scored what would be the winning run. Jason Isringhausen seemed to be the only guy doing what he is supposed to do (although not necessarily what you would expect him to do lately) by  down Colorado in the bottom half of the inning for his 11th save of the year.

The Cardinals will look for yet another way to pull off a win tomorrow night at 7:15pm (Central time) as Braden Looper (4-1, 3.86 ERA) faces Colorado lefty Mark Redman (2-2, 6.99 ERA).

May 5, 2008

Roster Move

by @ 1:26 pm. Filed under 2008 Cardinals

Before their game with the Chicago Cubs yesterday the Cards called up righthanded pitcher Mike Parisi from AAA Memphis and sent down Anthony Reyes. Reyes had been decent on the year, going 1-1 with 1 save and a 5.27 ERA in 9 appearances. His inconsistency seems to have been his downfall and the Cards decided to give the long relief spot to Parisi, who went 2-1 with a 4.44 ERA as a satrter for the Redbirds.

Cards Take Series Against Division Foe Cubs

by @ 11:30 am. Filed under 2008 Cardinals

Jason Isringhausen has been struggling a bit early in the year, but with what has become a rare sellout crowd in St. Louis on-hand and a national TV audience watching, Izzy came through big to secure his 10th save of the year in the Cardinals’ 5-3 win over the Cubs last night.

The Cubs got the early lead on starter Todd Wellemeyer, scoring 2 runs in the top of the 2nd inning only to see the Cards tie the game in the bottom half of the frame on RBI singles by Skip Shumaker and Adam Kennedy. Albert Pujols’ 2-run double in the 4th would put St. Louis up 4-2 and Kennedy would add another RBI in the 6th before the Cubs added a run in the 7th to put the score at 5-3. Isringhausen pitched a perfect 9th inning to secure the win and Central Division lead for the Cardinals.

St. Louis will open its series at Colorado today at 7:15pm (Central time), sending Joel Pineiro (2-2, 3.75 ERA) to the mound against Rockies righty Ubaldo Jimenez (1-2, 5.90 ERA).

May 3, 2008

Lohse Struggles in Loss to Cubs

by @ 2:53 pm. Filed under 2008 Cardinals

Kyle Lohse had his first rough outing of the year, struggling through a 6-run 4th inning in the Cardinals’ 9-3 loss to the Chicago Cubs this afternoon. Lohse gave up 8 runs on 9 hits over 6 innings, pushing his ERA to 3.79 on the year. The Cards scored their 2 of their 3 runs on home runs by Yadier Molina and Albert Pujols. Molina was the only St. Louis hitter to muster up multiple hits off Cubs lefty Ted Lilly, going 2-3 on the day. They will try to get back on the winning track tomorrow night at 7:15pm (Central time) as Todd Wellemeyer (2-1, 4.14 ERA) takes the hill against Cubs righty and former Cardinal Jason Marquis (1-1, 4.45 ERA).

Skip-Off Home Run

by @ 6:15 am. Filed under 2008 Cardinals

Ok, the title is a little bit lame…but who knows? Maybe it will catch on. Skip Shumaker was the extra-innings hero with a 2-run shot in the 11th inning to mask Jason Isrinhausen’s 3rd blown save of the year and send the Cards home winners in the 1st game of their series against division-rival Chicago, 5-3.

Oddly enough, the only St. Louis hitters to have multiple hits on the day were Yadier Molina and Brendan Ryan, who each went 2-4. Ryan had an RBI and Molina knocked home 2 runs. Albert Pujols was 1-3 with 2 walks (1 intentional) and leads baseball with 32 walks and 9 intentional walks on the year. Pujols has reached safely in all 30 games this year. Adam Wainwright pitched well, giving up only 1 run on 4 hits through 6 1/3 innings. Cubs starter Rich Hill, on the other hand, walked 4 batters and allowed a run before getting yanked 2 outs into the 1st inning. Cubs manager Lou Piniella said he would probably be replaced in the Cubs’ rotation.

These two teams will get back at it this afternoon at 2:45 pm (Central time). Kyle Lohse (3-0, 2.36 ERA) will try to keep his perfect record rolling against another soft-tossing Chicago lefty, Ted Lilly (1-4, 6.46 ERA).

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