News, Notes and Historical Information on the St. Louis Cardinals
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What an outing by Jeff Weaver. I was pretty skeptical when we picked him up but boy did he come through tonight. The only guy who could hit him was Sean Casey and he couldn’t do it by himself.
The Cardinals got on the board first when David Eckstein singled home Yadier Molina in the second inning. In the top of the fourth, Sean Casey hit a two run shot to give the Tigers the lead, at least momentarily. Then in the bottom of the fourth, another error by a Tigers’ pitcher directly resulted in one run and indirectely resulting in another. The Cardinals added a run in the seventh when Scott Rolen singled home David Eckstein with two outs, but that run turned out to be unneccesary.
The Tigers did make some noise in the ninth. The Tigers had runners at the corners with two outs but Adam Wainwright struck out Brandon Inge to end it. Jeff Weaver gave up the two runs on only four hits and a walk with nine strikeouts. Wainwright picked up the save with the shutout ninth.
How sweet it is. The Cardinals are World Series champions.
The Cardinals are now one win away from their first World Series since 1982. In the previous two wins, it was pitching that got us through. This time, not so much. We got some timely pitching but it was hardly a shutdown performance by Jeff Suppan.
David Eckstein was the man. He got the Cardinals on the board in the third inning with an RBI double. Then in the eighth, Eckstein doubled home Aaron Miles and that turned out to be the game winner. In all he had four hits and again he played some flawless defense.
This game definitely had it’s share of weird plays and two of them came back to back in the seventh. David Eckstein doubled (his second of the three) when Curtis Granderson slipped on the wet grass. Based on what I’ve seen from Granderson, he makes this play under normal circumstances. Then So Taguchi lays down a bunt and reliever Fernando Rodney throws the ball away. Eckstein scored, Taguchi goes to second and Taguchi ended up giving the Cardinals their first lead later in the inning albeit briefly.
Jeff Suppan threw six solid innings. He gave up eight hits and two walks with four strikeouts. Adam Wainwright gave up the tying run but he buckled down after that and threw a good game and picked up the win.
Jeff Weaver has a chance to win this for us tonight. He’ll be throwing against Justin Verlander.
Game four didn’t happen as planned so they’ll to get in game four tonight. It’s not looking good though. If things get pushed back another day, Caprenter could throw as early as game six or even game five if he goes on short rest. This is huge. Although it also means we might be seeing Kenny Rogers sooner then we thought and he’s been the Tigers hottest pitcher.
The Cardinals are back in front in this series because of eight great innings of three hit ball. Both he and Looper combined to throw only 93 pitches as the Tigers hacked away. This was a game I expected the Cardinals to win and had they not, I probably might have thought it was the beginning of the end. Now if Jeff Suppan can do his job tonight, the Cardinals could be one win away from winning it all.
The Cardinals big innings came in the fourth and seventh innings. In the fourth, Jim Edmonds drove home two runs with a bases loaded double to put the Cardinals on the board. Then in the seventh, with runners on first and second, Albert Pujols hit a comebacker to Joel Zumaya in what looked like a tailor made double play. Instead of going to second base, Zumaya went to third and threw the ball well behind the thirdbaseman (Inge) and two more runs scored. Even those two runs ended up being unneccesary though.
The Cardinals added one more insurance run in the eighth when So Taguchi made it home on a wild pitch. Looper came in to relieve Carpenter for the ninth and he picked up right where Carpenter left off and retired the Tigers in order.
Tonight’s game will have Jeff Suppan throw against Jeremy Bonderman. There’s no doubt this is a huge game. We can either let the Tigers back into this thing, or pretty much put them away.
Nobody said this would be easy. A lot of people are making a big deal out of Kenny Rogers brown substance on his hands, but the first inning was actually our best of eight innings against him because we actually got a runner to second base.
Jeff Weaver was only okay. He pitched out of a big jam in the fourth but he continually got into trouble. He went five innings and gave up three runs on nine hits and a walk.
The only inning worth mentioning was the ninth. The Cardinals finally saw someone other then Kenny Rogers and almost made Todd Jones pay. All with two outs, the Cardinals scored a run AND loaded up the bases. Yadier Molina couldn’t come through again though so now we head to game three even at one game a piece.
It’ll be Chris Carpenter going up against Nate Robertson on Tuesday. I like our chances.
This was a game even I was writing off. Anthony Reyes came in to pitch as a stop gap because of how long the Cards series went with the Mets and not only did he keep us in the game, he exceeded expectations. He ran into trouble in the first inning and gave up a run, but then he didn’t give up a hit until the seventh inning. In all, the Tigers managed only four hits and a single walk. Not too bad for a rookie with a pretty poor ERA.
Scott Rolen answered the call in the second inning and he tied it up with a solo shot. Then a three run third busted this game open. The inning was capped off by a two run shot by Albert Pujols. The floodgates closed for a bit but in the sixth inning, the Cards scored three more runs to effectively finish things up.
It was somewhat of a sloppy game. Five errors between the two teams.
Tonight we’ll see if Jeff Weaver can continue his post season success. He has some extra motivation because the Tigers were a team that traded him away. Kenny Rogers will throw for the Tigers and he hasn’t given up a run in two post season starts. Then again, he hasn’t faced Albert Pujols yet.
I’m going out to celebrate, but what a game. Look tomorrow morning for the recap.
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