News, Notes and Historical Information on the St. Louis Cardinals
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The Cardinals are World Champs and while I’m waiting for the 2011 World Series set to come out, I was happy to see that the Cardinals made the cut with another great game in the Baseball Greatest Games set. In 1985, the Cardinals played the Dodgers in the NLCS and after going down two games to none, the Cardinals came back and won two straight before an important game five.
The Cardinals jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first but the Dodgers tired it in the fourth. A classic pitchers duel between Fernando Valenzuela and Bob Forsch and the Cardinals pen but in the bottom of the ninth, the heroics came from an unlikely person. The light hitting Ozzie Smith belted a walk off solo home run to win it for the Cardinals. They then won games six to move on to the World Series where they eventually lost to the Royals. Still, that Ozzie Smith home run is one that’s going to be talked about for a long time to come.
The Cardinals did it again. They needed all seven World Series games but they pulled a historic comeback in game six and then took care of business in game seven to win another World Series. Chris Carpenter pitched on short rest again but this time he came up with a gutty performance to help push the Cardinals through six innings. He got off to a rough start and gave up two runs in the first but that was all the Cardinals got. Four relievers then combined to hold the Rangers scoreless in the final four frames.
David Freese drove in two runs to tie the game with a double and he ended up being the World Series MVP. Yadier Molina drove in two runs and Allen Craig belted his third home run of the series with a solo shot in the third inning.
Now of course all eyes will be on Albert Pujols. He’s going to test the market but I’m still optimistic that he’ll be in a Cardinals uniform in 2012. You wonder how Pujols decision is going to affect Cardinals tickets sales. You figure the earlier they can lock him, the better season ticket sales are going to be.
The Cardinals took the first game in the 2011 World Series behind a solid outing by Chris Carpenter. He gave up two runs on five hits and a walk with four strikeouts in six inning. Five relievers then combined to hold the Rangers scoreless after that. Jason Motte pitched a shutout ninth and he picked up another post season save.
Lance Berkman went two for four with two RBIs. Rafael Furcal drew two walks and David Freese went one for two with a walk and a run.
Game two is tomorrow. It’ll be Colby Lewis going up against Jaime Garcia.
The Cardinals are in the World Series. Game six was anti-climactic as the Cardinals doubled up the Brewers in a 12-6 blowout. Rafael Furcal, David Freese and Albert Pujols all went yard in the win. Freese finished with three RBIs and three runs while Matt Holliday went two for five with three runs.
Edwin Jackson didn’t last very long and well the pen was far from perfect, they were good enough with all of the offense. Jason Motte once again got into the game and he struck out one in a shutout ninth.
The Rangers will be the next opponent and this will be nice because we’ll get to start at home. Game one is Wednesday.
The Cardinals played their last NLCS game in St. Louis and they got the job done to take a 3-2 lead in the series. Once again, LaRussa did his micromanaging but it worked out and the Cards walked away with the win. Jaime Garcia gave up a run in 4 2/3 innings before yielding to the pen. Then four relievers combined for 4 1/3 innings to close the game out. Jason Motte was there in the ninth and for one run in th eighth and he picked up another save.
Matt Holliday went three for four with two RBIs. Yadier Molina also had a nice game and he went three for four with a run and an RBI.
The Cardinals can wrap things up tomorrow. Edwin Jackson gets the nod and the ineffective Shaun Marcum throws for the Brewers.
Kyle Lohse was tagged for three runs and he took the loss in game four of the NLCS. Lohse gave up the three runs on six hits with three strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings. Mitchell Boggs also gave up a run in his one inning of work.
Matt Holliday was the Cards best hitter. He went two for four with a double and a solo home run. David Freese went two for four.
Game five is huge and it’s tomorrow. Jaime Garcia needs to come up big. Zach Greinke throws for the Brewers.
The Cardinals took a 2-1 lead in the NLCS. They jumped out to a four run lead in the first inning and never looked back. The Brewers scored two in the second and one in the third but they held on the rest of the way to win it.
Carptenter lasted five innings and he gave up the five runs. Then it was the LaRussa pen with Jason Motte closing it out. He pitched 1 1/3 innings and he picked up his third save of the post-season.
David Freese went three for four with an RBI. Albert Pujols also had a nice game and he went two for two with two walks, a run and an RBI.
Game four is tomorrow and with a Cards win, they could take a commanding lead. It’ll be Kyle Lohse against Randy Wolf.
Albert Pujols is the man and he proved as he put the Cardinals on his back and helped carry them to a game two win over the Brewers. He finished four for five with a home run, five RBIs and three runs. Jon Jay scored three runs and David Freese also had another nice game with his second home run of the series.
Edwin Jackson gave up two runs in 4 1/3 innings. Then LaRussa went to the pen and did his usual micro-managing. Jason Motte was one of the four relievers to throw a shutout inning.
Now things move to St. Louis. Game three will have Chris Carpenter going against Yovani Gallardo. Big game.
The Cardinals dropped game one of the NLCS in an ugly outing by Jaime Garcia. The Cardinals were up 5-2 but then a six run fifth proved to be the difference. In all, Garcia gave up six runs in four innings of work. Octavio Dotel gave up a pair of runs as well.
David Freese hit a three run home run. Lance Berkman had a nice game and he went two for four with a run and an RBI. Rafael Furcal went two for five with two runs.
Game two is tomorrow. It’ll be up to Edwin Jackson to tie this one up.
Well, Chris Carpenter got it done. He threw a three hit shutout against the best team in baseball to help the Cardinals move on to the NLCS. This was one of those games that, if it weren’t in such an early round, would be an instant classic. Still, for Cardinals fans it is.
Carpenter gave up the three hits and he struck out three in the shutout. He needed just 110 pitches and it was one of the most important starts of his career.
The lone run came in the first. Rafael Furcal led off the game with a triple and then Skip Schumaker doubled him home. One run, but that was enough.
Next up are the Brewers. Game one is in two days. What an awesome series considering that September run so hopefully the Cards will be able to keep it going.
Well, the Cardinals lived to fight another day and they took care of the Phillies to force a winner take all game five in a couple of days in the NLDS. The Phillies jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first and the Cards cut that in half with a run in the bottom of the first. The Cardinals then took the lead in the fourth with two runs and they added two more in the sixth.
Edwin Jackson gave up two runs in six innings then Tony LaRussa went to the pen. Five relivers held the Phillies to a single run and one of those was Jason Motte, who pitched a shutout ninth for his second save.
David Freese was awesome in this one. He went two for three with a home run and four RBIs. Skip Schumaker went two for three with a run.
Game five will see Chris Carpenter going up against Roy Halladay. This one is going to be a classic.
Jaime Garcia was on his game but he wasn’t quite good enough because the Cardinals lost to the Phillies 3-2. The big hit was a three run home run by Ben Francisco and while the Cardinals put a couple on the board to make it a one run game, it just wasn’t quite good enough.
Garcia pitched seven innings and he was good other then that one frame. Fernando Salas and Jason Motte threw a shutout inning each to wrap up the game.
Ryan Theriot went for four for five in the win. Albert Pujols also had a great game and he went four for five with a run.
The Cardinals need to win. Game four is tomorrow and it’ll be all up to Edwin Jackson.
This was the opposite of game one. The Phillies jumped out to a 4-0 lead early but the Cardinals stuck with it and got back into the game. By the seventh inning, the Cardinals had the lead and so goes the tie series.
Chris Carpenter was tagged for four runs in three innings. From there, the pen took over and did an awesome job. Fernando Sala pitched two shutout frames and Jason Motte pitched 1 1/3 innings of shutout relief to close the game out.
The Cardinals put three runs on the board in the fourth and then Jay singled home a run in the sixth to tie the game up. Finally, Albert Pujols singled home Craig for the game winner.
Now the scene moves to St. Louis. It’ll be Jaime Garcia going up against Cole Hamels.
Things started off well. The Cardinals jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning but then in the sixth inning, the wheels fell of the wagon when the Phillies scored five runs in the sixth. The Cardinals scored three in the ninth but by then, the game was way out of reach.
Kyle Lohse was pummelled for six runs in 5 1/3 innings. Marc Rzepczynski was tagged for three runs and Mitchell Boggs gave up two runs. Ugly, ugly pitching performances and you hope they can bounce back from this one.
Lance Berkman put the Cardinals on the board with a three run home run in the first inning. Skip Schumaker also had a nice game and he went two for four with two RBIs.
Game two is tomorrow. It’ll be Chris Carpenter going up against Cliff Lee in this one.
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