Sunday, April 22, 2007

Cards vs. Cubs

April 20, 2007
St. Louis 2, Chi. Cubs 1
Winning pitcher - Braden Looper (3-1)
SV - Jason Isringhausen (4)
HR: Preston Wilson (1)

Looper has been, surprisingly, effective.

April 21, 2007
St. Louis 0, Chi. Cubs 6
Losing pitcher - Anthony Reyes (0-3)

Why did we opt against resigning Jason Marquis?

April 22, 2007
St. Louis 12, Chi. Cubs 9
Winning pitcher - Jason Isringhausen (1-0)
HR: Chris Duncan (4), Jim Edmonds (1), Albert Pujols (5), Scott Rolen (2)

For fans outside of the Cardinals viewing area, you can watch the game on WGN. The game was an interesting one, and the third one that was aired on a station that is on cable systems nationwide. Jim Edmonds tied it up at 2-2 with a home run in the second inning.

The fourth inning saw Adam Kennedy double to deep right field and driving in Albert Pujols and Scott Rolen.

In the fifth inning, home runs were flying all over the place. Chris Duncan went deep, driving in Aaron Miles. Scott Rolen went yard with a solo shot.

The runs were not over yet. At 7 all, Scott Rolen triples to deep right field, and both Chris Duncan and Albert Pujols scored. Rolen would finish the day with a career high 6 hits, bringing his average up to .268, and a double shy of the cycle.

The leads were going back and forth. In the ninth inning, with Isringhausen down to the final out, a fly ball was hit towards shallow right field but because of the Chicago wind, it never quite made it to a glove and we went into extra innings with a 9-9 tie game. The box score makes it seem worse than it actually was for Isringhausen.

In the 10th inning, Pujols went deep for his fifth home run of the season to take the 12-9 lead with 3 RBI. Wilson and Eckstein scored on the home run. It was the 255th of his career and it ties him with Ken Boyer for second all time on the Cardinals' all-time home runs list.

The MV3 all have batting averages over .200 now. It's not where it should be but it's a start. The last time that the MV3 of Pujols, Edmonds, and Rolen went yard was July 2, 2006, against the Kansas City Royals in a 9-7 game.

The Cardinals go back to Busch with a 8-10 record this season.

Milestone watch:
Albert Pujols needs 1 home run to tie Ken Boyer for 2nd on the Cardinals all-time home runs list with 255.
Adam Kennedy needs 32 31 30 hits for 1,000 career hits.
Scott Rolen needs 1 stolen base for 100 career stolen bases.
Jason Isringhausen needs 4 3 saves for 256 saves to tie Todd Worrell for 24th on the all-time list.

During the series with the Giants, Mark Sweeney and Steve Kline made sure to greet Red Schoendienst.
First baseman-outfielder Mark Sweeney and left-hander Steve Kline, both former Cardinals, made sure to pay their respects to St. Louis legend Red Schoendienst before the series ended. Schoendienst, 84, continues to suit up for batting practice in his role as special assistant to general manager Walt Jocketty. Schoendienst was a 10-time All-Star infielder and managed the Cardinals to a World Series victory in 1967 and the National League pennant in 1968.

"He's baseball," Sweeney said of Schoendienst. "He's got passion and that's what we all have to learn from. It's very infectious. To see him in uniform is pretty awesome, too."
Walt is urging the fans to show some patience.

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