News, Notes and Historical Information on the St. Louis Cardinals
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Alright, the Cardinals took care of things yesterday and disposed of the Padres. I really thought last night’s game might have been our last chance. It was at home and with our ace on the mound, and the team came through.
Carpenter was touched up for two runs in the first inning, but then he was excellent after that. He gave up only the two runs on seven hits and three walks with five strikeouts in seven innings.
The go ahead run scored in the seventh when Juan Encarnacion tripled home Albert Pujols. The Cards also piled on three more runs that inning to make it a 6-2 final. Ron Belliard drove in two runs and Yadier Molina had two hits.
Next up is the NL best Mets. They took care of the Dodgers on Saturday in a three game sweep so they’ll have some rest. Game one is Wednesday in New York.
Jeff Suppan got knocked around yesterday. He gave up three early runs in the fourth and that ended up being the difference. He had also gotten into a jam in the second inning but he pitched his way out of it. Fortunately, the pen did some really nice work and five relievers combined for 4 2/3 shutout innings. Unfortunately, the Cards could never get their bats going and they put only one run on the board.
So Taguchi hit a solo homerun in the eighth inning, and that was it. Even Albert Pujols was held in check, which is no small task. So the Padres and Cardinals will have the spotlight tonight because they’re the only series still playing. Hopefully Chris Carpenter will be able to get the job done tonight.
Man, what a pick up. Jeff Weaver had done nothing but get shelled all season. Then he comes to St. Louis and after a rocky start, he’s found his groove. This afternoon, he was nothing short of awesome. He went only five innings, but he gave up only two hits as he and four relievers combined for a four hit shutout.
The Cardinals did all of their damage in the fourth inning. Preston Wilson doubled and then he scored on Albert Pujols’ single. Two outs later, Jim Edmonds then singled and drove home Pujols for the second run of the game.
Both team’s get the day off tomorrow and then it’s the first ever playoff game in new Busch Stadium. Hopefully the Cardinals can wrap this up with a sweep.
This was a huge win. A lot of people were writing off the Cardinals and while this series is hardly over, we took care of the Padres ace. Chris Carpenter was very good through 6 1/3 innings and the bats gave him more then enough run support.
Speaking of run support, Albert Pujols hit homerun number 50 for the season and his first of hopefully many during the post season. He drove in the first two runs and that ended up being the difference maker for the team.
The Cards have the day off tomorrow and then Thursday things start back up. It’ll be Jeff Weaver going up against David Wells.
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