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October 27, 2006

David Eckstein Leads Cardinals to Game Four Victory

by @ 2:51 am. Filed under 2006 World Series

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.

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