News, Notes and Historical Information on the St. Louis Cardinals
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April 30, 1926 at Wrigley Field
Cubs 10, Cardinals 9 (8-8)
The Cardinals slipped to .500 after they lost to the Cubs in a wild game. As late as the eighth inning, the Cardinals had a four run lead (9-5) but the Cubs tied it up with two in the eighth and two in the ninth to send the game into extra frames. Then the Cubs handed the Cardinals their third straight extra inning loss of the season when they scored in the bottom of the eleventh.
Cards starter Allen Sothoron only lasted three and a third innings and he gave up five runs on six hits with two walks. Art Reinhart didn’t far much better in relief. He threw the final seven innings and gave up five runs on twelve hits.
April 29, 1926 at Wrigley Field
Cubs 6, Cardinals 5 (8-7)
The Cubs topped the Cardinals at Wrigley Field despite a late inning surge by the Red Birds. The Cubs jumped out to a 4-1 lead and the Cardinals answered with a run in the sixth and seventh to cut it to a single run and then the Cardinals took the lead with two runs in the top of the seventh. The Cubs then tied it up in the bottom half of the inning and then took the lead for good with another run in the bottom of the eighth. The final run of the game came on reliever Duster Mails throwing error after he fielded a bunt.
The Cardinals used four pitchers and they combined to give up six runs on ten hits.
April 28, 1926 at Crosley Field
Cardinals 5, Reds 3 (8-6)
The Cardinals came back to top the Reds and avoided their first sweep of the season. The Reds had a 3-1 lead until the Cardinals tied it up in the seventh with two runs. Then in the top of the ninth, Bob O’Farrell hit a two run homer to give the Cardinals the late lead and the win.
April 26, 1926 at Crosley Field
Reds 3, Cardinals 2 (7-6)
The Cardinals scored two runs to open things up in the top of the first inning only to see the Reds score single runs in the eighth and ninth innings to send the game into extra frames. The Reds then didn’t waste much time and put the game away when Curt Walker drove home the winning run with a single.
Rogers Hornsby singled and doubled and scored one of the runs. Heinie Mueller doubled and scored the other. Walt Huntzinger had a shutout through seven innings, but he ended up taking the loss and gave up three runs on seven hits and five walks with two strikeouts.
April 25, 1926 at Crosley Field
Reds 4, Cardinals 0 (7-5)
For the second time already this year, the Cardinals were shutout and it happened this time despite the Cardinals outhitting the Reds. The game was tight through six innings (1-0) but the Reds opened the game up with three runs in the seventh.
April 24, 1926 at Forbes Field
Cardinals 9, Pirates 3 (7-4)
The Cardinals won their second straight series against the defending World Series champs and they ran the score up in the process. Pirates starter Ray Kremer only lasted one inning and the Cardinals scored four runs in the top of first inning.
Rhem went the distance and he gave up only three runs on four hits. He walked three and struck out two.
April 23, 1926 at Forbes Field
Pirates 3, Cardinals 2 (6-4)
The Cardinals couldn’t come back from Pie Traynor’s three run in the park homer in the first inning. Syl Johnson threw seven shutout innings to close out the game but unfortunately it wasn’t enough and he took the loss.
Rogers Hornsby tripled and scored on Jim Bottomley’s double in the bottom of the sixth. Bottomley later scored to cut the deficit down to a single run, but that was all the scoring that the Cards could manage.
April 22, 1926 at Forbes Field
Cardinals 5, Pirates 3 (6-3)
The Cardinals seemed to have the Pirates number regardless of where they played. 35,000 Pirates fans showed up for the defending champs’ home opener only to see the home team lose in extra frames.
Vic Keen picked up the win and threw all ten innings. He gave up ten hits and two walks.
April 20, 1926 at Sportsman’s Park
Cubs 7, Cardinals 0 (5-3)
The Cardinals were held to five hits and they dropped the series finalle to the Cubs. Rogers Hornsby doubled and singled to account for most of the Cardinals offense.
Art Reinhart was hit hard and gave up seven runs on twelve hits. Four of those runs came in the top of the ninth. He walked two and struck out two.
April 19, 1926 at Sportsman’s Park
Cubs 5, Cardinals 4 (5-2)
It took fourteen innings, but the Cardinals finally lost and snapped their four game winning streak. They had a 3-2 lead heading into the ninth when the Cubs tied it up. Each team scored a run in the eleventh to keep the game going and it was the Cubs who finally broke the stalemate with a run in the top of the fourteenth inning.
Walt Huntzinger threw all fourteen innings for the Cardinals. He gave up five runs on eight hits and six walks and he struck out one.
April 18, 1926 at St. Louis
Cardinals 10, Cubs 5 (5-1)
The Cardinals ran up the score on the Cubs en route to their fourth straight win. Every Cardinal in the lineup had a hit except for Chick Hafey and every Cardinal scored except for Flint Rhem. Bob O’Farrell and Heinie Mueller each had three hits and Mueller and Ray Blades scored twice.
Rhem improved to 2-0 on the season. He gave up five runs on five hits and two walks with four strikeouts.
April 17, 1926 at Sportsman’s Park
Cardinals 3, Cubs 2 (4-1)
The Cardinals won their third straight game in a tight contest with the Cubs. The Cubs jumped out to a quick one run lead in the first inning, but the Cardinals answered with two runs in the bottom half of the inning. The Cubs tied it up with a run in the seventh, but the Cardinals put the game away when Les Bell drove home Heinie Mueller with a double in the eighth.
Bill Sherdel picked up the win. He gave up two runs on eight hits and he struck out three.
April 16, 1926 at Sportsman’s Park
Cardinals 3, Pirates 2 (3-1)
The Cardinals came from behind to beat the Pirates and they won their four game series over the defending world champs. With the Cardinals down 2-1 in the bottom of the ninth and with the bases loaded, Ray Blades was hit by a pitch and drove home the tying run and then Jake Flowers scored the winning run on Heinie Mueller’s single.
April 15, 1926 at Sportsman’s Park
Cardinals 2, Pirates 0 (2-1)
Vic Keen threw a five hit shuout over the Pirates today and ensured the Cardinals of at least a split with the Pirates in their four game series. Keen walked three and struck out two. Keen also helped out his own cause by scoring one of the two runs scored by the Cards.
April 14, 1926 at Sportsman’s Park
Pirates 10, Cardinals 3 (1-1)
The Pirates ran up the score on four different Cardinals pitchers in the Cardinals’ first loss of the season. The Pirates scored their runs in bunches. They scored four in the fifth then five in the eighth to complete the blowout.
The scariest moment of the game came in the third inning, when Pirates catcher Earl Smith hit a comebacker at Cardinals starter Jesse Haines and hit him on the instep of his foot. Fortunately x-rays were negative but it looked like the starter would be out for two to the weeks while the severe contusion healed.
April 13, 1926 at Sportsman’s Park
Cardinals 7, Pirates 6 (1-0)
Jim Bottomley and Rogers Hornsby powered the Cardinals to a win in their home opener over the defending World Series champs. Bottomley hit the only homerun of the game, a three run shot in the fifth inning that gave the Cardinals a 6-0 lead. Hornsby went three for three with a double and two runs.
Flint Rhem went the distance despite a rough end to the game. He gave up runs in each of the last four innings and the Pirates came only one run short from completing a big comeback. Rhem gave up nine hits and five walks and he struck out two.
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