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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.

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