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October 20, 2006

Jeff Suppan Pitches Cardinals to Second NL Pennant in Three Years

by @ 2:12 am. Filed under 2006 NLCS

Alright, the Cardinals did it.  They were written off for dead when they limped into the playoffs and nobody gave them much of a chance against the Padres.  But here they are, and it’s against a team who the Cardinals have played in two previous World Series.

The Mets got their scoring out of the way early last night.  David Wright singled home Carlos Beltran and things were looking grim.  Jeff Suppan then got Shawn Green to line out to end that inning and put the Mets down in order in the second and third innings.

The Cardinals didn’t waste much time answering the challenge.  Jim Edmonds led off the second inning with a single and he moved to third on Yadier Molina’s single.  Then Ronnie Belliard hit a fly ball deep enough to score Edmonds to tie the game up.

Then, nobody scored.  Jeff Suppan threw seven innings and Oliver Perez threw eight and when they both left, the score remainined 1-1. 

In the top of the ninth, Scott Rolen singled with two outs and then an unlikely hero came through.  Yadier Molina, the defensive specialist behind the plate, hit a huge two run homer to make it 3-1.  Adam Wainwright came in to close things in the bottom of the ninth and he looked like he was going to blow it.  He gave up two quick singles before getting two outs.  He walked Paul LoDuca to load the bases up, but then he struck out Carlos Beltran to end the game and the series.

Game one of the World Series is tomorrow.

October 19, 2006

Win Or Go Home

by @ 2:18 am. Filed under 2006 NLCS, Uncategorized

The Cardinals didn’t get it done yesterday.  Chris Carpenter wasn’t perfect, but he threw a game he should of won.  Brandon Looper didn’t help with he two runs he gave up.  And then you can also blame the offense because they didn’t put a run on the board until the ninth inning.

Now, it’s all up to Jeff Suppan and the bats in a critical game seven.  Man my nerves are on edge.

October 18, 2006

Cardinals Head Back to New York With 3-2 Lead

by @ 1:49 am. Filed under 2006 NLCS

Alright, Jeff Weaver came through for us big time last night.  He got touched up for two runs in the fourth inning and for the briefest of moments the Mets had a 2-0 lead.  The offense picked things up though and scored runs in each of fourth, fifth and sixth innings to give Weaver his second post season win.

It was a Jose Valentin double that scored the two runs that gave the Mets the lead. Then in the bottom of the fourth, Albert Pujols hit a solo shot and Ronnie Belliard singled home Scott Rolen to make it 2-2.  In the fifth, Preston Wilson doubled home David Eckstein and then in the sixth, Chris Duncan hit a solo shot to make it 4-2, which ended up being the final.

Jeff Weaver threw six solid innings and he gave up the two runs on six hits and a walk.  Josh Kinney, Randy Flores and Adam Wainwright then held the Mets scoreless in the final three frames to help out in the win.

There’s no travel day because of the rain out. Tonight will be our best chance to win this thing because we’ll have Chris Carpenter going up against John Maine.  Our ace is on the mound so it’s imperative we get this done.

October 16, 2006

Cardinals Pen Gets Blown Out, Series Now Tied 2-2

by @ 2:16 am. Filed under 2006 NLCS

Alright, the Cardinals were in this game for the first half of things but once Anthony Reyes came out of there (not that he was pitching particularly good), the flood gates opened.  Josh Hancock was particularly bad.  He was credited with five earned runs without getting a single batter out.

The Cardinals did come close to matching the Mets in homeruns in the 12-5 loss but they were all solo shots.  Yadier Molina, David Eckstein and Jim Edmonds all went deep in the blowout.

Tonight’s game is pretty big.  It’s the last home game of the series so if we lose, the Cards will be forced to win two in a row at Shea.  Tonight it’ll be Jeff Weaver going up against Tom Glavine, a matchup we lost in game one.  Hopefully the Cards will be able to turn that around tonight.

October 15, 2006

Jeff Suppan Shuts Out Mets to Push Cardinals Ahead in NLCS 2-1

by @ 3:20 am. Filed under 2006 NLCS

What a pitching performance.  The Mets have one of those high powered offenses where you look at their lineup, and they post studs in the order from one through five (okay, maybe not Lo Duca, but for a catcher, he’s a very good hitter) and then solid hitters the rest of the way down.  For Jeff Suppan to hold this Mets team to three hits over eight innings is nothing short of phenomonal.

There’s something to be said for pitching with a lead, and that’s just what the Cardinals gave Suppan.  Scott Spiezio got it done again with a two run triple in the first and then in the second, Suppan helped out his own cause with a solo homerun.  David Eckstein scored on a wild pitch and then Jim Edmonds drove home Preston Wilson on a ground out.  By the end of two innings, the score was 5-0 and it would remain so for the entire game.

If the Cardinals pull out this series, their opponent will be the Detroit Tigers.  There’s some history between these two teams.  The last of the Gas House Gang teams in 1934 beat the Tigers in the World Series and then the 1968 Cardinals team lost in seven games to the Tigers in that World Series. 

Tonight, Oliver Perez goes up against Anthony Reyes.  It’ll be Reyes’ postseason debut, and I like our chances in this one.

October 14, 2006

Cardinals Win Game Two in a Shootout

by @ 3:36 am. Filed under 2006 NLCS

Alright, we’re all tied up.  Chris Carpenter got off to a shaky start and things were looking grim, but the Cardinals got their bats going and scored some runs.

Down 6-4, Scott Spiezio tripled home Jim Edmonds and Albert Pujols to tie the game up in the seventh. And then in the ninth, off of one of the best closers in the game, the Cardinals put up three runs to bust the game open.  The game winner came on a solo shot by So Taguchi.

There were a lot of big games at the plate.  Yadier Molina went three for five with two RBIs.  Albert Pujols and Jim Edmonds both scored three runs and Scott Spiezio drove in three.

Chris Carpenter gave up five runs in five innings but the bullpen picked him up nicely.  Four relievers combined to three 3 2/3 shutout innings to close out the game.

Tonight, it’ll be Steve Trachsel against Jeff Suppan as the stage comes to St. Louis.  The Cards were much better at home this year so it’d be nice to leave St. Louis with a 3-2 lead, if not a 4-1 win.

October 13, 2006

Cardinals Shut Out In Loss To Mets

by @ 2:10 am. Filed under 2006 NLCS

Game one goes to the Mets.  You have to give Jeff Weaver credit though.  He was really good through five innings and then he finally got tagged by an All Star for a two run shot.  In the meantime, the Cardinals gave Weaver no support.

Give some props to the pen.  Tyler Johnson, Brad Thompson and Brandon Looper held the Mets scoreless the rest of the way, the Cards just couldn’t get the bats going to take advantage of it.

Four singles and four walks.  That’s it.

There is good news though. Chris Carpenter takes the mound against John Maine and this is a game we should win.

October 12, 2006

Rain Out

by @ 2:32 am. Filed under 2006 NLCS

Work’s been busy so that hasn’t allowed me to do a proper preview for this series.  And I got home in time to watch this game only to find out it was rained out.  So the Cardinals will play in their third straight NLCS a day later then usual.

Albert Pujols is obviously the key, although that’s the no brainer of the century.  Chris Carpenter is going to have to win two games as well.  It all revolves around those two guys.

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