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May 31, 2006

Cardinals Split Doubleheader With Cubs

by @ 7:38 am. Filed under 1926 Cardinals, 1926 Cardinals Diary - May

May 31, 1926 at Wrigley Field
Cardinals 5, Cubs 3  (23-23)

The Cardinals moved back to .500 when they topped the Cubs in the first game of their doubleheader.  Hi Bell threw a solid game and picked up the win.  He gave up three runs on eleven hits and four walks with three strikeouts.

Taylor Douthit had three hits in the game and Jim Bottomley went two for five with a run.  Bob O’Farrell had a great game as well.  He went four for five with run.

May 31, 1926 at Wrigley Field
Cubs 8, Cardinals 7  (23-24)

The Cardinals lost a back and forth game in the second game of their doubleheader with the Cubs.  The two teams were tied as they headed into the eighth inning.  The Cardinals jumped out to a 5-3 lead when they scored two runs in the eighth, but the Cubs answered in the bottom half of the inning and scored five.  The Cardinals then rallied and scored two in the ninth, but they couldn’t get that next run to send the game into extra frames.

Bill Hallahan took the loss and he was responsible for most of the damage in that eighth inning.  Jim Bottomley homered and scored two runs and Rogers Hornsby went one for four with two runs.  Les Bell had three hits and he scored a run.

May 30, 2006

Rogers Hornsby Leads Cardinals to Win Over Cubs

by @ 7:35 am. Filed under 1926 Cardinals, 1926 Cardinals Diary - May

May 30, 1926 at Wrigley Field
Cardinals 5, Cubs 2  (22-23)

The Cardinals got a change of scenery and in the process, snapped their four game losing streak with a tight win over the Cubs.  The game was tied at 2-2 until the Cardinals scored one in the fifth.  The Cards then opened things up and scored two runs in the eighth to put the game away.

Rogers Hornsby had a huge game.  He went three for four with a homerun and two runs.  Taylor Douthit and Tommy Thevenow both had two hits and a run.  Flint Rhem picked up another win with a solid start.  He gave up only two runs on seven hits with one strikeout.

May 29, 2006

Cardinals Swept by Reds, Lose Fourth Straight Game

by @ 7:33 am. Filed under 1926 Cardinals, 1926 Cardinals Diary - May

May 29, 1926 at Crosley Field
Reds 3, Cardinals 1  (21-23)

The Cardinals were swept by the Reds as they dropped their fourth straight game.  This time the Cardinals couldn’t get their bats going.  They scored only one run on five hits the entire game, and their one run didn’t come until the ninth inning.

Wattie Holm had two hits and Tommy Thevenow scored the only Cardinals’ run.  Vic Keen threw seven solid innings but he took the loss.  He gave up all three runs on nine hits.

May 28, 2006

Cardinals Embarassed by Reds In Blowout Loss

by @ 7:29 am. Filed under 1926 Cardinals, 1926 Cardinals Diary - May

May 28, 1926 at Crosley Field
Reds 12, Cardinals 4  (21-22)

The Cardinals dropped their third straight game with a blowout loss against the Reds.  The Reds turned the tables on the Cardinals and like two games in their previous series in St. Louis, the Reds scored seven runs in the seventh to blow the game open.

Bill Hallahan was hit hard as was Jesse Haines. Douthit went two for five with two runs and Hallahan and Rogers Hornsby both had two hits.

May 27, 2006

Reds Sweep Doubleheader Over Cardinals With Two One Run Wins

by @ 7:24 am. Filed under 1926 Cardinals, 1926 Cardinals Diary - May

May 27, 1926 at Crosley Field
Reds 4, Cardinals 3  (21-20)

The Reds ended the Cardinals three game winning streak in the first game of their doubleheader after they broke a 2-2 tie with two runs in the eighth.  Les Bell hit a homerun and Ray Blades went three for five with a run.

Bill Sherdel threw a good game but he took the loss.  He gave up four runs on nine hits and two walks.

May 27, 1926 at Crosley Field
Reds 2, Cardinals 1  (21-21)

In a complete reversal of their series in St. Louis, the Cardinals and Reds got into another pitcher’s dual in the second game of their doubleheader.  Syl Johnson was good, but Red’s starter Carl Mays was even better in the 2-1 loss.

Jim Bottomley tripled and scored the only run of the game for the Cardinals.  Rogers Hornsby and Les Bell both had two hits in the game.

May 26, 2006

Cardinals Finish Home Stand With Sweep of Reds

by @ 7:20 am. Filed under 1926 Cardinals, 1926 Cardinals Diary - May

May 26, 1926 at Sportsman’s Park
Cardinals 8, Reds 5  (21-19)

The Cardinals finished their sweep of the Reds and in the process, won for the ninth time in eleven games.  Once again they needed a seven run eighth inning to pick up the win.  The Reds led most of the game until that big inning.  Bob O’Farrell and Heinie Mueller both went deep for the Cardinals.

Flint Rhem started but didn’t get the decision.  Eddie Dyer picked up the win after he pitched two no hit innings to close out the game.

This series finale ended a 21 game homestand by the Cardinals.  Next up was a nearly three week road trip and their first stop was in Cincinnati to face the Reds again.

May 25, 2006

Cardinals Remain Hot, Top Reds With Nine Runs

by @ 7:17 am. Filed under 1926 Cardinals, 1926 Cardinals Diary - May

May 25, 1926 at Sportsman’s Park
Cardinals 9, Reds 7  (20-19)

The Cardinals pushed themselves above .500 for the first time in almost a month with their second straight win over the Reds.  It was another high scoring game, but this time it was without the late inning comeback.  The Cardinals scored three runs in the first inning and never trailed the rest of the way despite the Reds trying to nip at their heels.

Jake Flowers and Ray Blades both hit homeruns for the Cardinals.  Taylor Douthit continued to hit the ball well and he went three for four with three runs.  Blades scored three times and Rogers Hornsby went two for three with a run.

Vic Keen was roughed up but he picked up the win.  He gave up seven runs on twelve hits and three walks with four strikeouts.

May 24, 2006

Cardinals Blow Out National League Leading Reds

by @ 7:13 am. Filed under 1926 Cardinals, 1926 Cardinals Diary - May

May 24, 1926 at Sportsman’s Park
Cardinals 11, Reds 6  (19-19)

This game looked like it was over early.  The National League leading Reds scored four runs in the first inning and Allen Sothoron was pulled without getting a single batter out.  The Reds added two more in the third and the Cardinals found themselves down by six runs.

They didn’t give up though.  They picked away at the lead with two runs in the sixth.  Then they scored two more in the seventh to make it a two run game.  Then in the top of the eighth, the Cardinals busted out and scored seven runs to put the game away.  Les Bell homered and Taylor Douthit went three for five with a run.  Heinie Mueller and Tommy Thevenow both scored twice.

Jesse Haines picked up the win and pitched a shutout eighth inning.  You also have to give the bullpen some credit.  The Reds didn’t score in the final six frames and that allowed the Cards to mount a comeback.

May 23, 2006

Phillies Get to Cards Pitchers Early, End Cardinals Three Game Winning Streak

by @ 7:06 am. Filed under 1926 Cardinals, 1926 Cardinals Diary - May

May 23, 1926 at Sportsman’s Park
Phillies 7, Cardinals 5  (18-19)

The Cardinals didn’t stay at .500 for very long as they dropped their series finale to the Phillies 7-5.  The Phillies jumped all over starter Walt Huntzinger and by the end of two innings, he was out of the game and the Phillies had four runs.  In all, Rogers Hornsby used four pitchers in the game.

Jake Flowers hit the only homerun for the Cardinals when he pinch hit in the seventh inning.  Jim Bottomley was the only Cardinal to have two hits and all five runs were scored by five different Cardinals.

Phillies Get to Cards Pitchers Early, End Cardinals Three Game Winning Streak

by @ 7:06 am. Filed under 1926 Cardinals, 1926 Cardinals Diary - May

May 23, 1926 at Sportsman’s Park
Phillies 7, Cardinals 5  (18-19)

The Cardinals didn’t stay at .500 for very long as they dropped their series finale to the Phillies 7-5.  The Phillies jumped all over starter Walt Huntzinger and by the end of two innings, he was out of the game and the Phillies had four runs.  In all, Rogers Hornsby used four pitchers in the game.

Jake Flowers hit the only homerun for the Cardinals when he pinch hit in the seventh inning.  Jim Bottomley was the only Cardinal to have two hits and all five runs were scored by five different Cardinals.

May 22, 2006

Cardinals Win Third Straight Game on Rogers Hornsby Day

by @ 7:02 am. Filed under 1926 Cardinals, 1926 Cardinals Diary - May

May 22, 1926 at Sportsman’s Park
Cardinals 9, Phillies 2  (18-18)

The Cardinals won their third straight game over the Philies on Rogers Hornsby Day at Sportsman’s Park.  Hornsby didn’t disappoint the hometown crowd and he went two for four in the Cardinals’ win.

Ray Blades and Taylor Douthit both hit homeruns in the seventh inning.  Tommy Thevenow went two for two with three runs and Bob O’Farrell scored twice.

Bill Sherdel had a nice start and pitched seven shutout innings to open up the game.  He finished the game and gave up two runs on nine hits and three walks with three strikeouts.

May 21, 2006

Cardinals Run Up Score on Phillies With Late Inning Surge

by @ 6:59 am. Filed under 1926 Cardinals, 1926 Cardinals Diary - May

May 21, 1926 at Sportsman’s Park
Cardinals 12, Phillies 4, (17-18)

This game was actually close for a while before the Cardinals blew the game open in the seventh inning.  The Phillies jumped out to an early lead with three runs in the first inning, but by the bottom of the seventh, the Cardinals had tied them up 4-4.  Then the Red Birds exploded for seven runs in the seventh inning to put the game away.  It was the Cardinal’s fourth win in five games.

Taylor Douthit, Rogers Hornsby (who was back from his foot injury), Heinie Mueller and Bob O’Farrell all scored two runs.  Douthit and O’Farrell had three hits a piece.

Flint Rhem pitched six scoreless innings to close out the game.  He gave up four runs on four hits with three walks and four strikeouts.

May 20, 2006

Vic Keen Holds Phillies to Five Hits in Cardinals Win

by @ 6:57 am. Filed under 1926 Cardinals, 1926 Cardinals Diary - May

May 20, 1926 at Sportsman’s Park
Cardinals 4, Phillies 1  (16-18)

The Cardinals evened their series up with the Phillies behind some strong pitching and a Les Bell homerun.  Bell’s two run shot in the bottom of the second gave the Cardinals all the runs they needed.  Heinie Mueller had a hit, a stolen base and two runs in the game.

Vic Keen was very solid and yielded only a single run on five hits.  He struck out four and didn’t walk a single batter.

May 19, 2006

Phillies Man Handle Cardinals, Rogers Hornsby Leaves Game With Injured Foot

by @ 6:51 am. Filed under 1926 Cardinals, 1926 Cardinals Diary - May

May 19, 1926 at Sportsman’s Park
Phillies 6, Cardinals 2  (15-18)

The Philadelphia Phillies snapped the Cardinals three game winning streak behind some strong pitching by Hal Carlson.  The Cardinals were held to only six hits and they didn’t score their two runs untilt he bottom of the ninth inning.  Ray Blades and Taylor Douthit both had two hits and Douthit and pinch hitter Jake Flowers scored the two Cardinals runs.

Jesse Haines had a solid start until the later innings.  Through six, he had only given up two runs, but a pair in both the seventh and the ninth put the game out of reach.  He gave up eleven hits, walked three batters and struck out one.

The Cardinals suffered a blow when Rogers Hornsby was spiked by Carlson as he tried to make a play at second base.  Hornsby left the game with a severely bruised foot and it looked like he’d be out for at least two or three days.

May 17, 2006

Cardinals Finish Sweep Over Braves, Mueller and Bottomley Hit Homeruns

by @ 6:48 am. Filed under 1926 Cardinals, 1926 Cardinals Diary - May

May 17, 1926 at Sportsman’s Park
Cardinals 8, Braves 5  (15-17)

The Cardinals finished their sweep of the Boston Braves, although this was the closest game of the series.  The Cardinals jumped out to an 8-0 but the Braves scared the home town crowd by scoring two in the seventh and three in the eighth to make things close.

Bill Sherdel picked up the win even after the late inning collapse.  He gave up five runs on eleven hits and three walks with one strikeout.

All eight runs were scored by eight different Cardinals.  Ironically, the only player who didn’t score was the leadoff man, Ray BladesHeinie Mueller and Jim Bottomley both went deep while Taylor Douthit and Mueller each had three hits.

May 16, 2006

Four Homeruns Help Cardinals Top Boston Braves

by @ 6:45 am. Filed under 1926 Cardinals, 1926 Cardinals Diary - May

May 16, 1926 at Sportsman’s Park
Cardinals 13, Braves 2  (14-17)

The Cardinals continued to try to inch their way back to .500 with another blowout win over the last place Boston Braves.  Ray Blades, Flint Rhem, Bob O’Farrell and Les Bell all homered for the Cardinals.

Rogers Hornsby and Bell both had three hits and two runs.  In addition to his homerun, Blades also tripled in the game, and Heinie Mueller had a hit, two stolen bases, and two runs.

Rhem picked up the easy win.  He gave up two runs on six hits and a walk with five strikeouts.

May 15, 2006

Cardinals Get to Giants Early in Blowout Win

by @ 6:34 am. Filed under 1926 Cardinals, 1926 Cardinals Diary - May

May 15, 1926 at Sportsman’s Park
Cardinals 12, Braves 7  (13-17)

The Cardinals ran up the score on the last place Braves.  By the end of the first inning, the Cardinals had four runs.  By the end of the third, they had scored ten runs. 

Vic Keen picked up the win but he must have been pitching to the score.  He gave up seven runs on eight hits with five walks.  Heinie Mueller homered and scored three runs while Jim Bottomley and Les Bell both had two hits and two runs.  Rogers Hornsby doubled and scored a run.

May 13, 2006

Giants Run Up Score on Cardinals in Series Finale

by @ 6:32 am. Filed under 1926 Cardinals, 1926 Cardinals Diary - May

May 13, 1926 at Sportsman’s Park
Giants 12, Cardinals 1  (12-17)

The Giants blew the Cardinals out in the final game of their four game series.  The Cardinals used four pitchers and none of them were particularly effective.  Hi Bell took the loss and was only credited with a single inning of work.

Ray Blades scored the only run of the game for the Cardinals.  In total, the Red Birds managed only six hits.

May 12, 2006

Bill Sherdel On the Wrong Side of Pitching Dual

by @ 6:27 am. Filed under 1926 Cardinals, 1926 Cardinals Diary - May

May 12, 1926 at Sportsman’s Park
Giants 2, Cardinals 1  (12-16)

The Cardinals two game winning streak came to an abrupt end when Jimmy Ring outdueled Bill Sherdel on the mound.  Sherdel gave up only two runs on eight hits but Ring was just a touch better and held the Cardinals to a single run.

Les Bell homered and accounted for the lone Cardinals run.  Rogers Hornsby and Jim Bottomley both had two hits in the loss.

May 11, 2006

Cardinals Win Second Straight One Run Game

by @ 6:23 am. Filed under 1926 Cardinals, 1926 Cardinals Diary - May

May 11, 1926 at Sportsman’s Park
Cardinals 6, Giants 5  (12-15)

The Cardinals won back to back games for the first time since mid-April.  Flint Rhem was knocked around but he did just enough to hold on to the win. 

Jim Bottomley homered and Ray Blades doubled twice and scored a run.  Bob O’Farrell singled three times and scored once.

May 10, 2006

Ray Blades, Les Bell Homer in Cardinals Win

by @ 5:54 am. Filed under 1926 Cardinals, 1926 Cardinals Diary - May

May 10, 1926 at Sportsman’s Park
Cardinals 5, Giants 4  (11-15)

The Cardinals ended their three game skid with a tight win over the Giants.  They were outhit 10-7, but homeruns by Ray Blades and Les Bell powered the Cardinals to a one run lead.

The Giants made a run at Vic Keen in the eighth but couldn’t tie the game up.  Keen picked up the win and gave up four runs on ten hits with one strikeout. 

May 9, 2006

Cardinals’ Continue to Struggle at the Plate, Drop Third Straight Game

by @ 5:50 am. Filed under 1926 Cardinals, 1926 Cardinals Diary - May

May 9, 1926 at Sportsman’s Park
Robins 3, Cardinals 1  (10-15)

The Cardinals slipped to five games below .500 for the first time this season with a tough loss to the Robins.  The game was tied 1-1, but the Robins scored two runs in the eighth to give them what they needed to win.  Bil Hallahan took the loss and he gave up three runs on six hits with three walks and six strikeouts.

Once again, the Cardinals bats were held in check.  Tommy Thevenow singled twice and the only Cardinals’ run came on a solo homerun by Jim Bottomley.

May 8, 2006

Late Inning Surge By Robins, Second Straight Loss for Cards

by @ 5:42 am. Filed under 1926 Cardinals, 1926 Cardinals Diary - May

May 8, 1926 at Sportsman’s Park
Robins 5, Cardinals 3  (10-14)

The Cardinals continued to struggle and despite racking up eleven hits, they were outscored 5-3.  The Cardinals actually had the lead as the game went into the sixth inning, but two runs in the sixth by the Robins tied things up and then two more in the seventh put the game away.

Art Reinhart took the loss.  Les Bell doubled and scored twice and Rogers Hornsby had two hits.

May 7, 2006

Brooklyn Robins Blow Out Cardinals With Big First Inning

by @ 2:56 am. Filed under 1926 Cardinals, 1926 Cardinals Diary - May

May 7, 1926 at Sportsman’s Park
Robins 7, Cardinals 1  (10-13)

The Robins turned the tables on the Cardinals in the second game of their series and blew them out in the process.  The Dodgers scored four runs in the top of the first inning, then knocked Cardinal’s starter Sherdel out in the fifth inning with three more runs. 

Ray Blades scored the only run of the game for the Cards.  He served as a pinch hitter for Jesse Haines in the eighth inning.  Les Bell was the only Cardinal with two hits.

May 6, 2006

Flint Rhem Five Hits Robins

by @ 2:53 am. Filed under 1926 Cardinals, 1926 Cardinals Diary - May

May 6, 1926 at Sportsman’s Park
Cardinals 3, Robins 1  (10-12)

Flint Rhem held the Robins to a single run on five hits.  He walked three and struck out six.

On the hitting side, Wattie Holm tripled and scored a run.  Taylor Douthit doubled and scored.  In total, the Cardinals had only three hits but they drew five walks.  The Cardinals scored all three of their runs in the first inning, then didn’t get a hit the rest of the game.

May 5, 2006

Cardinals Drop Series to Reds With 6-1 Loss

by @ 2:51 am. Filed under 1926 Cardinals, 1926 Cardinals Diary - May

May 5, 1926 at Sportsman’s Park
Reds 6, Cardinals 1  (9-12)

A four run third inning and a lack of hitting cost the Cardinals this one.  Relief pitcher Allen Sothoron had two of the Cardinals five hits and he scored their only run in the blow out loss.

Syl Johnson took the loss and didn’t even make it through the third inning.  Sothoron might have been the Cardinals most effective hitter but he gave up two runs in relief of Johnson.

May 4, 2006

Cards End Losing Streak, Edge Reds With Late Inning Comeback

by @ 2:46 am. Filed under 1926 Cardinals, 1926 Cardinals Diary - May

May 4, 1926 at Sportsman’s Park
Cardinals 3, Reds 2  (9-11)

The Cardinals snapped their five game losing with a tight win over the Reds.  The Cardinals were down most of the game, but they scored two runs in the bottom of the eighth to win the game.

Hi Bell relieved Walt Huntzinger in the third inning and picked up the win.  He gave up only three hits in seven innings of work.  Bob O’Farrell tripled and scored a run and Les Bell had two hits and the game tying RBI in the eighth inning.

May 3, 2006

Cardinals Continue to Struggle, Lose Fifth Straight

by @ 6:20 am. Filed under 1926 Cardinals, 1926 Cardinals Diary - May

May 3, 1926 at Sportsman’s Park
Reds 9, Cardinals 6  (8-11)

The Cardinals suffered their fifth straight loss and dropped three games below .500 for the first time this season.  Most of the damage was done in the top of the sixth.  The Cards had a 5-3 lead, but the Reds loaded the bases and converted a triple steal to score one run.  A single later and the Reds had the lead for good.

Vic Keen took the loss and the Cardinals used three different pitchers.  Rogers Hornsby went two for five with a run and double.  Heinie Mueller went one for four with two runs.

May 2, 2006

Cubs Hand Cardinals Their Fourth Straight Defeat

by @ 6:18 am. Filed under 1926 Cardinals, 1926 Cardinals Diary - May

May 2, 1926 at Wrigley Field

Cubs 6, Cardinals 5  (8-10)

A late inning flurry by the Cubs cost the Cardinals this game.  It was their fourth straight loss.  Bill Sherdel was cruising along and had a 4-2 lead but a run in the bottom of the seventh and two in the bottom of the eighth gave the Cubs the lead.  The Cardinals tied it in the ninth but the Cubs put the game away with a run in the ninth.  It was the second straight walk off loss of the series.  Ironically, the winning pitcher was Pete Alexander, who would eventually come over to the Cardinals.

Ray Blades went two for five with two runs and a double.  Heinie Mueller went three for five with two runs.  Sherdel took the loss and gave up six runs on eleven hits and one walk with four strikeouts.

May 1, 2006

Cubs Outhit Red Birds, Two Teams Combine to Score 19 Runs

by @ 3:46 pm. Filed under 1926 Cardinals, 1926 Cardinals Diary - May

May 1, 1926 at Wrigley Field
Cubs 11, Cardinals 8  (8-9)

The Cubs scored five runs in the bottom of the eighth inning and handed the Cardinals their third straight loss.  Flint Rhem had a two run lead going into that inning.  The Cubs tied it, then Joe Munson hit a three run shot, his second homer of the game, to open the game up.

The Cardinals hit three homeruns in the game.  Jim Bottomley, Bob O’Farrell and Les Bell all went deep for St. Louis.  O’Farrell was a perfect three for three with two runs in the game.

Rhem took the loss.  He gave up twelve hits in 7 2/3 innings.  He walked three and struck out three.

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