Sunday, July 16, 2006

The Dodger Series

July 13
Cards beat Dodgers 3-2 in extra innings
Winning pitcher - Braden Looper (5-1)
HR: Jim Edmonds (11), Albert Pujols (30)

July 14
Cards shut out Dodgers 5-0
Winning pitcher - Chris Carpenter (8-4)
HR: Chris Duncan (4), Juan Encarnacion (12)
Carp pitched a complete game, two-hit shut out.

July 15
Cards win in extra 2-1
Winning pitcher - Braden Looper (6-1)
HR: Albert Pujols (31)
Rolen drove home Eckstein in a blooper to end the game.

July 16
Cards crush the Dodgers 11-3.
Winning pitcher - Anthony Reyes (2-3)
HR: John Rodriguez (2)
This is the seventh win in a row and the streak is as long as it was in 2004.
Chris Duncan had a big game, going 3-4 with a double and 3 runs. Pujols went 4-5 with two runs and 3 RBI. Molina was 3-4 with two doubles and 3 RBI. Anthony Reyes was solid for 5 innings except for giving up two runs and seven hits. He fanned 5. Josh Hancock and Tyler Johnson combined for three innings of relief, giving up 3 hits and striking out one. Josh Kinney, in an inning of relief, gave up a run.

July 17 (ESPN)
Jeff Weaver vs. Horatio Ramirez, 7 PM

July 18
Jason Marquis vs. Tim Hudson, 8:10 PM

July 19
Chris Carpenter vs. TBA, 8:10 PM

Milestone watch:
Albert Pujols needs 23 home runs to tie Ken Boyer for 2nd on the Cardinals all-time home runs list with 255.
Jeff Suppan needs 1 strikeout for 1,000 career strikeouts.
Jeff Weaver needs 1 strikeout for 1,000 career strikeouts.
Jason Isringhausen needs 8 saves for 250 career saves.

The Cardinals bullpen is 15-12 with a 3.91 ERA. In the past few games, with several going extra, and the starters going deep into the game, they've lowered their ERA a little bit as it was 3.96 yesterday. The Cards are starting to get back into their old form before the losing streak.

The Springfield Cardinals have helped out Chris Lambert. Lambert is 8-7 this season with a 5.27 ERA while throwing 86 strikeouts in 97.1 innings pitched.

Mark Worrell has 21 saves this season with Springfield and leads the category in the Texas League. Stuart Pomeranz is on the DL.

Larry Bigbie has started rehabbing in his attempt to get back to the major leagues.

In other baseball news, Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones tied an MLB record for consecutive games with an extra base hit set by Paul Waner in 1927. He has had an extra base hit in 14 consecutive games now. Mariano Rivera became the 4th player to save his 400th game.

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