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June 25, 2006

Cardinals Lose Sixth Straight Game After Sweep in Detroit

by @ 3:26 pm. Filed under 2006 Season

Not even the return of Albert Pujols has gotten the Cardinals back on track.  All I can say is, this Tiger team is for real.  Similar to the White Sox, they find a way to win.  And it was nice going to head to head with them because these two teams have some tradition.  The Cardinals dynasty team in the 1960s pretty much came to an end at the hand of the Tigers in 1968, and it was the Gas House Gang that won an exciting World Series against one of the best Tiger teams ever in 1934.

This is 2006 though, and on Friday, rookie Justin Verlander outdueled the Cy Young winner Chris Carpenter.  The big inning was the fifth when the Tigers broke a 3-3 tie and scored four runs to put the game pretty much out of reach.  Carpenter gave up seven runs on nine hits with nine strikeouts in seven innings.  Albert Pujols was four for four with his 26th homerun of the season.  Scott Rolen and Yadier Molina each had three hits.

Yesterday’s game was the heartbreaker.  The Cardinals took a 6-4 lead into the bottom of the ninth and Jason Isringhausen blew the save and took the loss.  He gave up a two run homerun to Marcus Thames and then Placido Polanco drove home Curtis Granderson for the walk off RBI double.  A decent start by Jeff Suppan went to waste and David Eckstein and Scott Spiezio both had two hits and two runs a piece.

Today was just as dissappointing.  The Tigers and Cardinals were tied heading into the eighth when Sidney Ponson and two relievers gave up three runs to put the Tigers on top by three.  David Eckstein had three hits and Albert Pujols uncharecteristly struck out two times in the game.  The only run was scored on Aaron Miles RBI single. 

Fortunately, the Reds and the rest of the division haven’t fared much better and the Cardinals still have a two game lead in the NL Central.  The Astros haven’t used Roger Clemens return to catapult themselves into contention either and they’re 5 1/2 games back at a game below .500.  The Cardinals do come home though to play the Indians.  So we get the home field advantage and we play a struggling team, so hopefully we’ll use that to get back on track.

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