Sunday, April 09, 2006

St. Louis vs. Chicago: Sunday Edition

The game is televised on ESPN with commentary by play by play man Jon Miller and analyst Joe Morgan. Or you could listen to it on KTRS or GameDay Audio with play by play man John Rooney and analyst Mike Shannon.

Starting Lineups:
St. Louis Cardinals
David Eckstein SS
Juan Encarnacion RF
Albert Pujols 1B
Scott Rolen 3B
Jim Edmonds CF
Yadier Molina C
So Taguchi LF
Hector Luna 2B
Sidney Ponson P

Juan Pierre CF
Todd Walker 2B
Derrek Lee 1B
Aramiz Ramirez 3B
Michael Barrett C
Jacque Jones RF
Matt Murton LF
Ronny Cedeno SS
Sean Marshall P

First inning: Eck leads things off. 0-1. Ground out to third. Juan Encarnacion is due up. 0-1. Ground out to second. Two outs for Albert Pujols. Pujols is 0-7 for the series. 3-1. Walk. I stand corrected with the lineups. Rolen is batting cleanup, not Edmonds. I've corrected that. 3-2. That is deep down the left field line and that ball is outta here! Rolen just hit his second home run of the season. The Cards lead 2-0. Edmonds. 2-2. Pops up to Aramis Ramirez. That ends the inning but the damage has been done.

Ponson throws a strike for his first pitch during the regular season. Pierre. 0-2. Grounder to second base for the first out. Walker. 1-2. Base hit up the middle. Derrek Lee is up and G-d willing, they pitch around him. 0-1. 4-3 Double play! Cards 2, Cubs 0

Second Inning: Yadier Molina leads off. 2-1. Grounder to third. So Taguchi. Flies out to right field. Two outs. Hector Luna. 1-2 (broken bat). Strikeout.

Ramirez. Swings to Edmonds on the first pitch. One away. Barrett. 3-2. Drilled to Eckstein. Two away. Jones. 1-0. Grounds to second.

Third inning: Ponson. 0-2. Strikeout. Eck. 0-1. Grounds to Derrek Lee at first. Encarnacion bats with two outs (sound familiar?). 1-1. He grounds out to third for a too-quick inning.

Murton. 3-2. Eck to Pujols for the out. Cedeno. 2-1. In the outfield for a double. Marshall in his first major league at-bat. 0-2. Strikeout. Two outs. Juan Pierre. 3-2. Grounds to second to end the inning.

Fourth inning: Pujols. 2-2. Grounds to third. Rolen. Flies out to Pierre. Two away. Edmonds. 3-2. Base hit to left center. Molina due up. 1-2. Grounds to third. Still leading 2-0.

Walker. 2-0. Base hit. Lee. 0-1. 5-4-3 double play! Two outs. Ramirez. 0-2. Hit to Scott Rolen and Eckstein backs up but it wasn't enough. Barrett. 3-1. Base hit to right. Runners on the corners. Jones. 3-2. Dang it! He hits it over Jim Edmonds for a 3-run home run with two outs. Murton. 2-1. Hit to Luna, who drops the ball, and gets to Pujols just in time for the third out but the damage is done. Cards 2, Cubs 3.

Fifth inning: Taguchi. 2-2. Fair ball hit down the left field line and So is in there for a double. Luna. Base hit to center and we now have runners on the corners. Ponson up with no outs. Bunts to the pitcher and Luna moves to second. Runners on second and third for David Eckstein. Eckstein loads the bases and we have one out for Juan Encarnacion. Michael Wuertz is coming in from the pen as Sean Marshall exits the game. Juan will be up after the pitching change. 3-2. Strikeout. Two away. Pujols at the plate. 2-2. Base hit to short and into left field. Taguchi and Luna score. Runners on first and second and the Cards take the lead again 4-3. Rolen. 2-1. The ball gets to Cedeno and he throws home since there is no play. Edmonds is up with two outs and the bases loaded. 2-0. He grounds to Derrek Lee but the damage is done. Cards 4, Cubs 3.

Sidney Ponson is still in the game for the Cards. Cedeno. 3-2. Grounds to Eck but the throw is not in time. Tony La Russa is out to argue. He was clearly out. He was out by a mile on the replay. That should have been an out per Joe Morgan and Cardinal fans. Pinch hitter for the pitcher and it is Freddie Bynum. 1-2. Grounded to Rolen to Luna for the first out and a fielder's choice. Pierre. 1-0. Grounded to Luna to Pujols for the second out. Walker. Flies to Taguchi for the third out.

Sixth Inning: Jerome Williams takes over for the Cubs. Molina. 2-0. Grounds out to short. Taguchi. 3-1. Walk. Adam Wainwright is warming up. Luna. Base hit to right field and runners on first and second. Ponson is done for the night after five innings as John "J-Rod" Rodriguez pinch hits for S-Pon. 4-6-3 Double play ends the inning.

Wainwright is now in. Lee. 1-2. Strikeout! Ramirez. 1-1. Grounded to Luna, who fumbles the ball, to Pujols for the second out. Barrett. 2-1. Popped out to Pujols to end the inning.

Seventh inning: Eckstein leads off just like the first inning. 0-2. Base hit up the middle. Encarnacion. 3-2. Lined to Todd Walker who catches it and throws to Lee for the double play. The Great Pujols at the bat. 1-2. Strikeout. Cards 4, Cubs 3.

Jones. 3-1. Drilled right to Jimmy Edmonds. Murton. 1-0. Flies out to Juan Encarnacion. Cedeno. 1-2. Base hit to left center. Ricardo Rincon is warming up. John Mabry the former Cardinal. Base hit to right field. Runners on the corners with two outs for Juan Pierre. Tony brings in Ricardo Rincon to face Juan Pierre. 3-2. Strikes out on what I thought would have been ball four. Pierre argues with the umpire. Braden Looper is throwing in the bullpen and is likely to enter the game in the eighth.

Eighth inning: Scott Williamson is now in the game for the Cubs. Rolen. Base hit to left field. Edmonds. 2-2. Strikeout but not before Scott Rolen stole second. Molina. 2-2. Rolen picked off trying to steal third. Molina goes down with a strikeout. Cards 4, Cubs 3.

Walker. 3-0. Walk. Jason Isringhausen is warming up in the pen. I guess that Looper was getting some time in the pen since Rincon is still in. Tony sends in Skip Schumaker to center field for Jim Edmonds. Hairston is being sent to first base in lieu of Todd Walker. Jaon "Izzy" Isringhausen is at the mound. Lee. 3-0. Hairston advances on the wild pitch. Izzy walks Lee. Ramirez is up as Izzy is trying to give us heart attacks again. Skip moves to left and So to center. 3-0. Dave Duncan goes to visit Izzy. The third straight walk of this inning. Barrett. 2-2. Holy crap. Izzy gives up a grand slam after three straight walks to begin the inning. The Cubs now lead 7-4. Jones. 2-2. Over Izzy and the throw is not in time. Pitching change. Josh Hancock in the game. Murton. 0-2. Strikeout. Izzy has damaged his ERA although he gave up two walks so only one run was earned. Cedeno. 1-1. Right past Rolen and into left field. That's two balls with bad hops. Scott did not field that good. Batting for Williamson is Angel Pagan. 6-4 for the one out but Pagan beat the throw. Two away with runners on the corners. Pierre is up as the Cubs have almost batted around. 3-2. Jones scores on a curveball that gets passed Molina. The score is now 4-8. Grounded to Pujols who tags first to end the inning...finally!.

Ninth inning: The Cubs send their closer Dempster in. Miles pinch hits for So. 1-1. Flies to a diving Murton for out #1. Scott Spiezio pinch hits. 1-0. He grounds out to first. Skip Schumaker is our final hope to get a rally started. 1-1. That's a fair ball and for the first time in five years, the Cards are swept by the hated Cubs of Chicago.

W - Scott Williamson (1-0)
L - Jason Isringhausen (0-1)

The Cardinals start the first week on the road 3-3 before playing at Busch Stadium III for the first time ever tomorrow.

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