Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Cards get swept by Reds in 2

Well, the Cards lost two in a row to Cincinnati :( . Pujols did not even play today. I hope I am able to see him and Scott Rolen play in August.

Some game notes from Monday: Mulder goes for his 100th win. Albert Pujols finished April with a MLB record 14 home runs and tied a team record of 32 RBIs. Pujols broke the record of the amount of team games needed to hit 14 home runs with 24 games. The old record of 25 was set in 1923 by Cy Williams of the Phillies.

The Cards lost 6-1 on Monday. Mark Mulder keeps getting denied for his 100th career win. The only action for the Cardinals on Monday was a home run to left field by Juan Encarnacion. Juan has really been producing a lot lately for the Cardinals.

Mark Mulder gave up six runs in 5 innings. He did fan 5 players. Josh Hancock pitching 2 innings of relief, striking out three and giving up three hits. Randy Flores pitched the eighth inning striking out one and giving up one hit.

Tuesday Game Notes: Skip Schumaker was optioned down to Memphis (AAA) as the Cardinals purchased the contract of Brian Falkenborg.

On Tuesday, the Cards took a 2-2 tie game into the bottom of the ninth when Brian Falkenborg made his first appearance as a Cardinal and gave up a run and two hits in two thirds of an inning. In the first inning, Scott Spiezio doubled to right center. David Eckstein scored on the play and John Gall advanced to third. In the third, the Cards took a 2-0 lead when Juan Encarnacion hit his fourth home run of the season -- his second in as many days. Jim Edmonds and Albert Pujols did not start the game for the Cardinals as they had an off day. Edmonds did enter the game later on during a double switch. He pinch hit for Luna and Jason Marquis pinch hit for Sidney Ponson. This switch saw Scott Spiezio move to third base and Edmonds to first base. I was surprised to see Edmonds playing first base but he played 22 games there in the past. The next switch game when So Taguchi exited the game. Edmonds moved to center, John Rodriguez moved to left field and John Gall took over at first base.

Ponson pitched six strong innings, giving up two home runs back to back in the sixth to Dunn and Encarnacion. Looper pitched 2/3 of an inning. Randy Flores pitched an inning.

Oh well. I got seven autographs out of it and some very nice photos.

What's next for St. Louis (ALL TIMES EASTERN):
May 3 at Houston: Jason Marquis vs. Roy Oswalt, 8:05 p.m.
May 4 at Houston: Chris Carpenter vs. Andy Pettitte, 8:05 p.m.
May 5 at Florida: Jeff Suppan vs. Sergio Mitre, 7:35 p.m.
May 6 at Florida: Mark Mulder vs. Dontrelle Willis, 6:05 p.m.
May 7 at Florida: Sidney Ponson vs. Scott Olsen, 1:05 p.m.

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