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Ohio Broncos
04-02-2008, 08:46 AM
So the Cardinals open 2008 by giving up 2 unearned runs in the 8th and lose to the Rockies 2-1.

Kyle Lohse didn't give up any runs in 5 innings, but he was in trouble for most of his start. Still, he was okay, not solid, but okay.

And it's not like the Rockies tore the cover off the ball to beat the Cards. The mistakes that the Cards made in the 8th are correctable.

Tonight it's Tood Wellemeyer vs. Aaron Cook. The Cards have owned Cook over his career (0-3 with 6.75 ERA against St. Louis). Hopefully the Cards can right the scales today.

Is it bad that I'm still mad that Monday's game didn't count?

I hate you, Mother Nature.:fight:

Ohio Broncos
04-02-2008, 08:46 PM
Cards win 8-3!!! :beer:

Ryan Ludwick and Rick Ankiel were the offensive heroes (both went 3-5). Ankiel hit a homer and Ludwick had a huge two run double that helped break the game open.

Aaron Cook's struggles against the Cardinals continue (four runs in six innnings). Todd Wellemeyer was pretty good, although it took him 95 pitches to get through five innings. But he only gave up one run so I can complain too much.

Stat of the game: Luis Vizcaino of the Rockies pitched only 1/3 inning but gave up four earned runs. His ERA? 108.00. Damn. :eek:

At least he got an out, otherwise dude would have an ERA of infinity. I don't know how one would put that down in a box score or a stat sheet. :laugh:

Ohio Broncos
04-03-2008, 12:58 PM
Cards win again 3-0!!!!:beer:

Brad Thompson was great allowing no runs and six hits over 6 2/3 innings. He also struck out six with no walks. His RBI single in the 5th didn't hurt either.

Props to to Schumaker gunning down Helton at home.

Winning two of three against the defending National League champs is big. Next up are the Nationals who are off to a good start this year.

Ohio Broncos
04-04-2008, 08:46 PM
Cardinals make it three in a row!!!:beer:

They led 5-1 and the bullpen made it interesting but Izzy was able to shut the door in the ninth for a 5-4 win over the Nats.

With Wainwright going tomorrow, I like the Cards' chances to make it four in a row.

Ohio Broncos
04-05-2008, 01:33 PM
Cardinals win 5-4 for the second day in a row!!!:beer:

Wainwright was great. 8 innings with only two earned runs allowed. Anthony Reyes almost gave the game away in the ninth.

The starters have been great so far in this young season, but the bullpen has been shaky. I just dread the bully giving up a lead in the future. But hey, the Cards have won four in a row, so I can't complain.

Let's go for the sweep tomorrow!!!

Ohio Broncos
04-06-2008, 01:53 PM
Cards put the finishing touches on their sweep of the Nats, 3-0.

Rick Ankiel is on fire so far this year. Today he went 2-4 with an RBI double in the 1st and a solo homer in the 3rd.

And the pitching!!! My God, the pitching! Kyle Lohse pitched 7 scoreless innings. The Cardinals as a team have a team ERA hovering around 2.

So the Cards are 5-1 heading out for a seven game roadie to Houston and then San Francisco.

I like what I see so far from this team. Let's keep it going!!!!

Ohio Broncos
04-07-2008, 06:48 PM
The Cardinals' five game winning streak comes to an end in Houston, 5-3. :(

The Cardinal bats were silent (Wandy Rodriguez was great for the Astros) until the 9th when they scored 3 runs to tie the game. But then Miguel Tejada hit a two run homer at the bottom of the ninth to win it.

Todd Wellemeyer was pretty good today (2 ER on only 5 hits in 7 innings with only one walk), but the offense couldn't help him out.

Same two teams tomorrow. Let's stop this losing streak at one.

Ohio Broncos
04-08-2008, 08:39 PM
Cardinals get back on the winning track, 5-3! :rockon:

Brad Thompson only went 4 innings allowing 3 earned. The major problem is that it took him 87 pitches to get through those 4 innings. With Joel Pinero scheduled to come back on Sunday, Thompson may be the odd man out of the rotation.

Props to Anthony Reyes for pitching 3 scoreless innings in relief. :thumb:

Troy Glaus was the man on offense hitting a two run double that put the Cards ahead in the 8th (breaking a 3-3 tie). The Cards didn't get a lot of men on base, but they took advantage of the opportunities that they had.

The rubber game is tomorrow and then it's off to San Francisco for four games. If the Cardinals can win tomorrow's game, it could be an epic road trip because the Giants suck.

Ohio Broncos
04-09-2008, 09:12 PM
Cards take two of three against the Astros winning the series finale, 6-4.:D

Phat Albert goes yard twice for his first two homers of the year. He ended the game 3-4 with 3 RBIs. The Cards actually had a 4-0 lead in the 5th.

Looper coasted throught the first four innings, gave up a run in the 5th, but then ran into trouble after getting the first two outs in the 6th and got knocked out after giving up two more runs.

The bullpen came in and was able to hold the lead. Ryan Franklin was awesome in the 8th taking care of the heart of the order. Izzy came in the ninth and shut the door for his 4th save.

San Francisco, here we come.

Ohio Broncos
04-15-2008, 10:59 AM
Cardinals split the four games against the Giants and went 4-3 on the road trip. Not bad, especially since they are still in first place.

Coming up tonight is a huge three game series verses the Brew Crew. I think this series will let us know if the Cards can seriously win the NL Central or if this hot start was just a hot start and nothing else.

Ohio Broncos
04-15-2008, 08:53 PM
Cardinals beat the Brewers 6-1!!!:beer:

Braden Looper was erratic but only allowed one run in five plus innings. He walked five, but he only gave up three hits while striking out five.

Skip Schumaker was the hero on offense with two clutch two out RBIs. Actually the Cards have been really good scoring runs with two outs this year so far.

So the win puts the Cards a game and a half clear of the Brew Crew. Let's see if Adam Wainwright can keep up the momentum.

Ohio Broncos
04-16-2008, 08:25 PM
Cardinals make it two in a row over the Brewers, 5-4!:D

The Cards led 5-1 and Adam Wainwright gave the Cardinals a strong start (7 2/3 innings, two runs-one earned, five hits, six strikeouts, and two walks). Izzy made it interesting in the ninth by giving up back to back RBI doubles before buckling down and earning his sixth save.

Albert Pujols got the scoring started with a two run double in the 1st. Wainwright hit a solo homer as did Skip Schumaker.

The series finale is tomorrow afternoon. A sweep would be nice.

Ohio Broncos
04-17-2008, 02:30 PM
The Cards dropped the series finale to the Brewers in 10 innings, 5-3. :(

This was a particularly hard loss to take since the Cardinals led 3-0 going into the 8th inning. The Brewers chased starter Kyle Lohse (who pitched pretty well) with back to back hits, but the tying hit was a two out dink shot off the end of the bat of Prince Fielder that landed in the Bermuda Triangle for a double.

Fielder's hit in the 10th (a two run homer, his first of the season) was much more convincing. I could've gone another game with Fielder struggling.

Offensively, Ludwick went 4-5 with a solo homer (his fourth) that opened the scoring in the 2nd inning. The Cards built that lead, but squandered some opportunities to add on to it.

On the bright side, the Cardinals won two out of three against the Brew Crew although they did it against the back end of the rotation. Thank goodness the Cards missed Sheets.

Next up is the Giants who come to St. Louis for three games over the weekend. Hopefully, there won't be too much a hangover from this loss.

Ohio Broncos
04-18-2008, 09:20 PM
Cardinals demolish the Giants, 11-1! :beer:

As the score suggests, the Cards showed up with their hitting shoes today. The top three in the lineup did the most damage (combined for 6-11). Chris Duncan was 2-3 with a 2B, a homer and 2 RBIs. Phat Albert went 2-4 with a homer and 4 RBIs.

The great starting pitching continues as Todd Wellemeyer pitched a gem (7 innings, four hits, one earned run, six strikeouts, and only two walks).

Same two teams tomorrow. Let's see if Joel Pinero can bounce back from Sunday's rough start.

Bronco_Armada
04-18-2008, 09:37 PM
Wanted to be the 2nd person to post in here, looks like you are all alone.

By the way Cardinals are a very pretty bird. ;)

THere really needs to be a prosports team called the beaver.

time to catch Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Ohio Broncos
04-19-2008, 09:08 PM
Wanted to be the 2nd person to post in here, looks like you are all alone.

By the way Cardinals are a very pretty bird. ;)

THere really needs to be a prosports team called the beaver.

time to catch Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Thanks, I think.

Until then there's always Oregon State to root for....

Ohio Broncos
04-19-2008, 09:15 PM
Cardinals got blanked by the Giants, 3-0. :(

Nothing you can really do about this one except tip your hat to Tim Lincecum because he locked up the Cardinals (7 innings of shutout ball allowing only six hits). Joel Pinero pitched pretty well but given Lincecum's effort, he had to be perfect for the Cards to have a chance.

Offensively, the Cards had a chance to put some runs up but they grounded into three double plays today. I should check, because I swear the Cards lead all of baseball in GIDP.

The series wraps up tomorrow before the Cards head to Milwaukee to take on the Brew Crew.

Ohio Broncos
04-20-2008, 02:39 PM
Cards fall to the Giants, 8-2. :(

This really wasn't close from the start. The Giants jumped on Braden Looper for six runs in the 3rd and then chased him in the 4th after he allowed another run. When it was all said and done, that was all they needed.

The Cards scored two runs in the bottom of the 9th, but too little too late. They only had two hits through eight innings.

A couple of firsts. This was the first time the Cardinals lost two games in a row this year. This lost was costly because now the Cubs will be in first in the NL Central.

The second first is that this is the first truly ugly outing by a starter this year. It was an all too common theme last year. I really hope that today was an aberration.

The Cards will be right back at it tomorrow in Milwaukee. They should be eager to get the bad taste at the end of that homestand out of their mouths.

Ohio Broncos
04-21-2008, 11:31 AM
Let me try to set this up for you. I guess last week when the Cubs hosted the Reds, there was a "Ball Day" when every fan received a ball at the gate. As you well know, Cub fan likes to throw the ball back onto the field when an opponent hits a homer. Well after a Red hits a homer to right field, multiple fans decided to go knucklehead and throw their balls out on the field so there are about 20-30 balls on the field.

The following is Marty Brennaman's (the Red's announcer) reaction to the jackassery. This is strong.:D

http://chicagosports.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/cubs/cs-080417-marty-brennaman-chicago-cubs-reds,1,6962881.mp3file

I couldn't agree more.:D

Ohio Broncos
04-21-2008, 08:11 PM
Cards get by the Brewers, 4-3!!!:beer:

It was a nip and tuck affair. Both starters (Adam Wainwright and Carlos Villanueva) pitched well with both allowing only two runs over seven innings. In the 8th, the Cardinals pushed across a run after an error in right field by Cory Hart that put Ryan Ludwick on 3rd base with none out. In the bottom of the 8th, the Cards gave that run right back as Ludwick made his own miscue in right field on a fly ball hit by Hart.

In the 9th inning, Derek Turnbow came in to pitch for the Brewers and Cardinal hitters were running over each other to get to the bat rack. :D The Cards scored a run in the 9th on an RBI double by Skip Schumaker. Izzy shut the door in the 9th and sealed the win.

The Cards stay a half game behind the Cubs and go for the mini sweep tomorrow against the Brew Crew.

Ohio Broncos
04-22-2008, 02:45 PM
Cards lose to the Brewers in 12 innings, 9-8. :sad:

The Cards were down 8-3 after 6 innings but they rallied to tie the score at 8 with 4 runs in the 7th and getting that last run off of Eric Gagne in the 9th who blew the save.

I like the fact that my team showed heart coming back from such a deficit in the late innings, but they couldn't push across one more run to win it.

The Cardinals travel to Pittsburgh for another two game series before heading back home. I actually might be going to watch this game at PNC Park. We'll see.

Peerless
04-22-2008, 03:26 PM
The Cards were down 8-3 after 6 innings but they rallied to tie the score at 8 with 4 runs in the 7th and getting that last run off of Eric Gagne in the 9th who blew the save


Again.... "Sigh"

HurricaneDovs
04-22-2008, 03:42 PM
As a fellow baseball fan I would just like to make the following statement about your Cardinals


...


ahem


BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


thank you

Cubs in 08

Ohio Broncos
04-22-2008, 07:50 PM
As a fellow baseball fan I would just like to make the following statement about your Cardinals


...


ahem


BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


thank you

Cubs in 08

Please read and listen to the link in post #19 in this thread.


Thank you for your time.:coffee:

osubroncos86
04-22-2008, 09:37 PM
Cardinals and Broncos forever!!!!!

Ohio Broncos
04-23-2008, 09:01 AM
Cardinals and Broncos forever!!!!!

You got that right. :salute:

Ohio Broncos
04-23-2008, 07:19 PM
Pirates rally past the Redbirds, 7-4. :(

St. Louis led 4-0 after the first inning, and things looked good. Given the marathon game from yesterday, the Cards needed Todd Wellemeyer to go deep into the game to save the bullpen.

Well, Wellemeyer cruised through the first three innings, but then gave up two runs in the 4th and two more in the 5th (Jason Bay's two run homer tied it up) and then yielded to the bullpen after a scoreless 6th inning.

Randy Flores pitched a scoreless 7th, but then Anthony Reyes came in the 8th a gave up three runs (all with two out). I almost forgot. Reyes started out the inning by allowing a single. The next batter hits a combacker to Reyes. Easy double play, right?

Nope. Reyes turns and fires it to the second baseman (Adam Kennedy). The problem is that Aaron Miles (the shortstop) is covering second. Thank goodness Kennedy had the awareness to throw it to first for the unconventional 1-4-3 put out. It should have been bases empty with two out. Instead, there's a runner on second with only one out. That kind of mental error is unexcusable. That mistake was one of the reasons they lost this game.

This one hurt. The Cards have lost two straight and four out of their last five. The way the Cubs are playing, the Cardinals need to right the ship before the Cubs get too far ahead.

Ohio Broncos
04-24-2008, 07:16 PM
Cards beat the Pirates, 6-2! :beer:

Joel Pinero pitched his best game since coming of the DL going seven innings with only one run allowed, four hits, one walk and he struck out six. Pinero's one run came in the 4th and the Pirates let that stand until the Cards finally broke through in the 5th.

Pirates starter Tom Gorzelanny walked seven batters over five innnings and allowed only two hits. It was a unique outing. He held the Cards without a hit through four innings, but he obviously had control issues.

Brian Barton broke up the "no-hitter" with a bases loaded single that scored two. Pujol's followed with a run scoring single and the Cardinals were rolling.

This was a good way to end the road trip, although yesterday's game still pisses me off. Cards head back home for a weekend series against Houston.

Ohio Broncos
04-25-2008, 10:16 PM
The Cardinals took a 2-0 lead in the 1st inning and waited until the 9th to give up three runs to Houston and lost, 3-2. :mad:

Thanks a lot Izzy. His third blown save of the year was a beauty. After getting the first out, he gives up a walk, an RBI triple by Miguel Tejada, a sac fly to Berkman (why they didn't intentionally walk him is beyond me) and then he puts one on a tee for Carlos Lee to deposit in the left field stands.

This loss was way worse than that Pirates loss two days ago. They wasted a great outing from Braden Looper.

And now the Cards face Oswalt in less than 12 hours after the end of this debacle. Terrific. :rolleyes:

Ohio Broncos
04-26-2008, 01:19 PM
Cards nip the Astros, 4-3!!! :D

Adam Wainwright pitched well. A complete game with five hits (three of which were solo homers), six strikeouts and two walks. He outpitched Roy Oswalt who only lasted six innings.

Albert Pujols got things started for the Cardinals with a 2 run double in the 3rd. Pujols has gotten on base every game this season. Since everyone seems to be pitching around him this year, dude's on base percentage is around .500. He's still the best player in the game, IMO (although it's a little biased).

There was some hostility during this game. Oswalt came up high and tight on Pujols. A few batters later, he hit Jason LaRue. The next inning Wainwright threw behind Brad Asmus who took a couple steps toward home plate and had some choice words for Wainwright. The benches cleared, but no punches were thrown.

Tomorrow should be interesting. Brandon Backe pitches for the Astros and he had a run in with Pujols earlier this year.

Ohio Broncos
04-27-2008, 01:59 PM
Cardinals win 5-1 over the Astros! :beer:

Khle Lohse bounced back from a rough start in Milwaukee to pitch six innings allowing only one run and four hits, walking one and striking out three.

The big offensive blow came in the 5th inning. After Brandon Backe walked Rick Ankiel and Albert Pujols, Ryan Ludwick laced one in the gap to give the Cards a 2-1 lead. Troy Glaus came up next and cracked a homer to center field, his first home run of the year. Even though that was Glaus's first homer, he has 17 RBIs. That'll work.

Pujols hit his fifth homer of the year in the 7th inning to close the scoring.

This is the first time in 10 games that the Cards have won two in a row. And they're still only half a game back of the Cubs.

Next up, the Cards welcome in the Reds who have been struggling. Let's hope that they continue to do so.

Ohio Broncos
04-28-2008, 08:11 PM
Reds nip the Cards 4-3. :(

The Reds jumped out to a 4-0 lead and the Cardinals chipped away but couldn't quite push that final run across to tie it up. Edwin Encarnacion made a sick play at third to rob Yadier Molina of a base hit in the 7th inning.

Tony LaRussa put Ryan Ludwick in the leadoff spot for the first time this season. The resultls? 0-5 with four strikeouts. Feel free not to put him in the leadoff spot any more, Tony. I'll be fine with that.

Rick Ankiel snapped out of his funk to go 2-5 with a solo homer. Let's hope he can start raking like he was the first week of this season.

Todd Wellemeyer pitched okay after giving up four runs in the first three innings. He gave the Cards a chance to get back into it, but they couldn't overcome his rough start.

With this loss, the Cards are now a full game behind the Cubs. Same two teams tomorrow.

Ohio Broncos
04-29-2008, 08:11 PM
Cardinals down the Reds, 7-2!!!:beer:

Plenty of offensive heroes for the Redbirds. Skip Schumaker went 4-5 with two runs scored. Rick Ankiel looks like he might go on a tear. He went 3-5 with two RBIs. Troy Glaus went 2-4 with two RBIs. Interestingly enough, Glaus now has 21 RBIs which is good enough for the team lead even though he only has one homer (I guess his 12 doubles help).

Surprisingly, Albert Pujols didn't get in on the action (0-4, nine men LOB). But he did walk extending his streak of reaching base every game this season.

Joel Pinero was awesome (after escaping a rough 1st inning thanks to a Reds baserunning blunder). Seven shutout innings, one hit, four walks, and three strikeouts.

If Milwaukee can hold on against the Cubs, the Cards will be tied with Chicago in first place.

The series finale will be tomorrow afternoon. Aaron Harang will go for the Reds against Braden Looper who had that tough luck no decision against the Astros. Harang historically does well against the Cards, so it will be a fight.

Ohio Broncos
04-30-2008, 01:25 PM
Cards beat the Reds again, 5-2!!!:D

Braden Looper wasn't sharp today, but he still batttled to allow only two runs in six innings (114 pitches :eek:). He gave up seven hits, walked two and struck out four. His best work came in the 6th. With the Cardinals leading the Reds 3-2, Looper pitched around a leadoff double by Adam Dunn to preserve the lead.

Rick Ankiel is officially locked in. He went 3-3 today with two RBIs (making him 8-13 in his last three games).

For the moment, the Cards are in first place by half a game pending on what happens with the Brewers-Cubs game later today.

The Cards get a day off tomorrow and then the Cubs come into town for a huge three game set. Needless to say, it's on like Donkey Kong. :fight:

Ohio Broncos
05-02-2008, 09:45 PM
Cards beat the Cubs in 11 innings, 5-3!!!:D

Cubs starter Rich Hill only pitched two thirds of an inning. He didn't allow a hit, but he walked four out of the six batters he faced. But the Cardinals could only score one run in that inning when Hill walked in a run with the bases loaded. The Redbirds scored another run in the 2nd when Brendan Ryan singled in Adam Wainwright.

Speaking of Wainwright, he pitched great. 6-1/3 innings, only one run on four hits, one walk, and five strikeouts. He deserved the win, but it wasn't to be.

The Cards had a 3-1 lead going into the 9th with Jason Isringhausen coming in. :rolleyes:

Of course he gave it right back. Alfonso Soriano came up with a man on and as soon as he hit the ball, I cursed something awful because I knew it was gone.

Skip Schumaker hit a two run homer in the 11th to pull out the win.

It should interesting the way the rest of this series plays out because the Cubs really burned a hole in their bullpen after using all but one of their bullpen after pulling out Hill in the first.

Glad this one is in the books. The Cards now have a 1-1/2 game lead over the Cubs.

sneakers
05-03-2008, 03:30 AM
Are you getting your star pitcher back (I can't remember his name for the life of me) after he had that elbow surgery last year? Isn't he supposed to be back in the next month or two?

Ohio Broncos
05-03-2008, 09:20 AM
Are you getting your star pitcher back (I can't remember his name for the life of me) after he had that elbow surgery last year? Isn't he supposed to be back in the next month or two?

You're talking about Chris Carpenter. He started throwing to batters a couple of weeks ago. So far, his rehab seems to be going well.

They don't have a specific date for his return. However, they're shooting for him to come back sometime after the All Star break.

Ohio Broncos
05-03-2008, 04:20 PM
Cubs jump on the Cards and cruise to a 9-3 win. :(

Kyle Lohse breezed throught the first three innings but then ran into some major trouble in the 4th. When the carnage was over, 6 runs were scored and Ted Lilly had all that he needed to win the game. Lohse ended up going six innings and allowed 8 runs (all earned). That'll put a ding on the ERA.:eek:

Lilly came up big for the Cubs since they needed a long start from him. He went 7 innings and allowed three runs.

Not much else to say about this one. The lead is back down to half a game. Rubber match is tomorrow night on ESPN.

Ohio Broncos
05-04-2008, 08:22 PM
Cards beat the Cubs, 5-3!!!! :beer:

Todd Wellemeyer earned the win, but he labored through each one of his five innings. He had a runner on each inning, allowing only three hits, but he walked four. He did a great job holding the Cubs to only two runs. It wasn't a pretty start, but he kept the Cards in the game but pitching out of trouble constantly.

Pujols had a huge two run double in the 4th that proved to be the game winner.

Props to the bullpen (Kyle McClellan, Randy Flores, Ryan Franklin, and even Izzy with the 1-2-3 9th inning!! :clap:) for holding onto the lead over the final four innings.

Cards take two out of three from the Cubs and now lead them by a game and a half.

Next up is an eight game roadie (four in Colorado, four in Milwaukee). Let's just hope that the Rockies' struggles continue.

sneakers
05-04-2008, 10:00 PM
You guys sweep the Cubs?

Dang, I was hoping you would beat up on each other a little...

Ohio Broncos
05-05-2008, 08:08 AM
You guys sweep the Cubs?

Dang, I was hoping you would beat up on each other a little...

No, the Cards won two out of three.

The Cubs' bullpen pitched 15-1/3 innings in the series. That'll stick with them for a little while.

Don't worry, you guys will get your crack at us this weekend.;)

Ohio Broncos
05-05-2008, 09:37 PM
Cardinals nip the Rockies, 6-5!!!! :beer:

You gotta tip your hat to the Cardinals' bullpen because they came up big again. Joel Pinero got hit hard tonight (3+IP, 8 hits, 4 runs) so the bullpen had to pick him up. To be fair, Pinero did get hit by a pitch (his pitching hand) in the 4th inning.

Special mention goes out to Mike Parisi who just got called up and pitched two innings of scoreless relief. I was impressed with his stuff.

Before he got yanked, Pinero did crack a two run double that gave the Cards a momentary lead in the 4th. The main drama came in the 9th.

Phat Albert hit a double with one out. With Ankiel batting, Pujols broke for third. Ankiel hit a groundball to second, Pujols never stopped and ended up scoring on that groundout. It was a great heads up play by Pujols.

Oh and by the way, Chris Duncan was absolutely horrible today in left field. He went 0-4 today with two strikeouts. He also played two singles about as badly as you can play them (two errors). :rolleyes: To his defense, he's playing out of position, but unless something catastrophic happens, he ain't gonna play at his natural position (first base). Poor guy. Today was his birthday too.

Same teams, same time tomorrow. Good start to the road trip. :thumb:

Gurada
05-06-2008, 05:20 AM
That was one of the best baseball games I've seen in a long time...but man, so many controversial calls? Molina was clearly safe (in the 8th I think) and I'm not so sure that Pujols made it home without being tagged. Maybe the ump was just making up for his earlier mistake?

Ohio Broncos
05-06-2008, 08:25 AM
That was one of the best baseball games I've seen in a long time...but man, so many controversial calls? Molina was clearly safe (in the 8th I think) and I'm not so sure that Pujols made it home without being tagged. Maybe the ump was just making up for his earlier mistake?

You're right. The home plate umpire was horrible. Molina was definitely safe (it was in the 8th) and I'm sure that if the Cards ended up losing that game, Cardinals fans would be in an uproar, and rightfully so.

Pujols might have been out. It was a much closer play. I've seen the replay a few times, and it looks like you could've gone either way with that call. If he was called out, I wouldn't have had that big of a problem with it.

Maybe the umpire was making up for that terrible call in the 8th. I could see him giving the Cards a call on anything close at the plate. Nobody really knows what's going through an umpire's mind.

In the end, the Cards should've had six runs (maybe seven depending on how you see the Pujols play) and they ended up with six. It usually doesn't happen but in this case, the two controversial calls balanced each other out.

Snapping Turtle
05-06-2008, 08:40 AM
This thread sucks!!!!




Just kidding guys. That was an exciting game last night! Too bad you won't be winning the next 3 :D

saltybuggah
05-06-2008, 01:20 PM
http://extras.mnginteractive.com/live/media/site36/2008/0505/20080505_121703_CardsChart050508.jpg
take that to the bank :salute:

Ohio Broncos
05-06-2008, 09:08 PM
Cards get by the Rockies, 6-5!!!! :D

This game was MUCH more interesting than it should've been. The Cardinals led 5-0 and had a 6-2 lead going into the ninth. The Rockies made a hard charge in the ninth with a two out rally, but the rally came up short.

Two out runs was the story of this game. The Cards' first five runs were all scored with two out. Ryan Ludwick was 4-4 with two doubles. Braden Looper pitched in at the dish with a 2-3 effort with an RBI.

Rick Ankiel had himself a hell of a ball game. He went 2-5 with a solo homer, but the main thing was what he did with his glove. He had two outfield assists both at third base, and on both throws, he threw it to third base from deep center on the fly to nail two Rockies. And how big was his homer in the 8th? I had no idea that it would turn out to be the game winner.

Braden Looper pitched well going 8-1/3 innings. He scattered ten hits, with no walks and one strikeout. Given the short outings by the last two starters (Wellemeyer and Pinero), this start was huge to give the bullpen a break.

The Cards have won seven out of nine and look to make it three in a row against the Rockies tomorrow.:rockon:

Ohio Broncos
05-07-2008, 08:51 PM
Cards fall to the Rockies, 4-3. :mad:

The Cardinals had a 3-0 lead going into the bottom of the 8th. Adam Wainwright pitched seven scoreless innings before yielding to the bullpen. Kyle McClellan, Randy Flores, and Jason Isringhausen came on in relief. And they provided none.

You can't put this loss entirely on the bullpen. The Cards left 16 men on base. They had plenty of opportunities to add on to their lead but could not do so.

Albert Pujols had an especially forgetable game. At the plate, he went 1-5 with eight men left on base. On the field, he couldn't catch a foul ball that would've stopped the Rockies rally. Even the great ones have an off day every now and then. Oh well.

I feel really bad for Wainwright. This is at least the second time he's had a great start wasted.

The Cards won't have much time to feel sorry for themselves. They'll be back at it against the Rockies tomorrow afternoon. Usually after a loss like this, the Cards bounce back and win the next one. Here's hoping history repeats itself.

Ohio Broncos
05-08-2008, 03:24 PM
Cards lose to the Rockies, 9-3. :sad:

Score look familiar? The last time that Kyle Lohse started, he got pounded by the Cubs and the Cards lost by the same score that they lost today. As the score would suggest, Lohse got shelled today (four innings, eight hits, seven runs, all earned, and five walks :sick:). The Rockies jumped on Lohse early with four runs in the first inning and never looked back.

Ryan Ludwick was the only Cardinal of note today (2-4 with two solo home runs).

As games like this suggest, there is not much to say about this game. Cards settle for a split in Colorado and now it's off to Milwaukee. This will be a huge series for the Brewers because they can either get right back in the NL Central race or potentially fall out of contention.

Ohio Broncos
05-09-2008, 08:25 PM
Brewers rally in the 9th and beat the Cards, 4-3. :mad:

This is really getting old. With the Cardinals leading 3-2 going into the 9th inning, Jason Isringhausen comes in to close the game. After getting the first two outs on only two pitches, Izzy gives up a two singles in a row and then walks the bases loaded. Then, Rickie Weeks comes up hits a single that scores two. Game over, thanks for coming.

This is Izzy's fifth blown save already this year. Something really needs to be done because you can't just keep rolling that guy out there. Eric Gagne thinks that this guy can't be trusted in the ninth. :rolleyes:

Seriously, how many more good outings must Izzy flush down the toilet before Tony LaRussa makes the change? Today's victim was Todd Wellemeyer. He scattered six hits over six innings, walking none and striking out two. He also allowed two runs, but they were unearned. He did an awesome job pitching out of a jam that he had runners on first and third with none out in the 6th inning.

Offensively, Albert Pujols got back on track with a 2-3 night with a solo homer. Rick Ankiel was 2-3 also.

Cards lose their third straight game for the first time this year. There's not much relief in the near future because tomorrow the Cards will have to contend with Ben Sheets. :eek:

Isn't that just a slice of heaven?

Ohio Broncos
05-12-2008, 08:18 PM
Brewers rout the Cardinals, 8-3. :(

Adam Wainwright got roughed up in this start. He went six innings, allowed eight runs (six earned) on eight hits, walking one and striking out three. He gave up three home runs, two by Ryan Braun.

I, for one, am glad to see the end of Ryan Braun for a while. Four homers in his last two games? Daddy, make the bad man stop!!! :sad:

Yadier Molina and Tony LaRussa both got ejected in this game for arguing balls and strikes. I didn't see this game, but I'm guessing you can just chalk this one to frustration. It happened when the Cards were down 7-1.

The road trip ends with a thud. They started out the roadie 2-0, but then ended it 1-5. You can point to two games that the Cards let get away from them, and they had to replace their closer (Izzy) who clearly has confidence issues.

Oh yeah, and the Cards aren't in first place anymore. They're now a game back of the Cubs.

Up next are the Pirates. Maybe being at home will help the Cards snap out of this funk.

Ohio Broncos
05-13-2008, 09:21 PM
Pirates beat the Cards in 10 innings, 8-4. :(

The good news is that Troy Glaus finally hit his second homer of the year. His three run shot in the 6th gave the Cards a short lived 3-2 lead.

Phat Albert hit a solo shot in the 8th inning that tied the score at 4.

The Cards had a chance to win the game in the bottom of the 9th. They loaded the bases with two outs. Ryan Ludwick swings at the very first pitch and flies out weakly.

And then the wheels came off in the 10th inning. Ron Villone was the pitcher responsible for the nastiness that ensued in the 10th.

If the Cardinals let the Pirates do them in their own house, they can't realistically entertain thoughts of winning this division with losses like this. They'll get another crack at them tomorrow.

Ohio Broncos
05-14-2008, 08:35 PM
Cardinals down the Pirates, 5-1!!! :beer:

Todd Wellemeyer twirled a gem today. He pitched seven plus innings, allowing only one run on two hits with two walks and five strikeouts. :clap:

Rick Ankiel went 2-5 at the plate, but his main contribution came in the field when he robbed Adam LaRoche of a homer in the 2nd inning. Just watch Sportscenter later tonight. I'm sure you'll see it.

The Cards left a ton of runners on base today (15), and while it did not come back to bite them today, that has to get fixed. There have been way too many games this year where the Cards have left double digit runners on base.

The rubber match will be tomorrow afternoon.

Ohio Broncos
05-15-2008, 02:11 PM
Pirates crush the Cardinals, 11-5. :eek:

THAT was ugly. If you can believe it, the Cards actually had a 5-1 lead after the 4th inning. The Pirates scored three in the top of the 5th off starter Joel Pinero (who was not very sharp) to make it 5-4.

The Cards held on to that lead until the top of the 8th when Tony LaRussa (in all of his infinite wisdom) decided to bring out Izzy. Here's what happened in sequence: walk, single, throwing error (by Izzy) which scored a run, 3-run homer, ground out, walk.

One third of an inning, two hits, two walks, four runs (three earned). Izzy's ERA is now 8.00. And that's also his sixth blown save of the year. What happened to only putting Izzy in low pressure situations? Last night he mopped up in the 9th but the Cards were up 5-1. Off the strength of that, you trust him with a one run lead in the 8th? As soon as the first two guys reached, I would've yanked him. Almost every Cards fan knew what was coming.

I'm really sick of seeing all of these games that the Cards should win slip away because of bad decisions. Izzy is not fit to pitch in a close game right now. Period. How hard is that to comprehend? :duh:

So the Cards drop two of three against the lowly Pirates and they welcome in the red hot Tampa Bay Rays. While I'm grateful that we miss both Shields and Kazmir in this series, there is still a really good chance that the Rays could embarass the hell outta us this weekend.

osubroncos86
05-16-2008, 05:32 AM
Is it true that Jim Edmonds signed with the Cubs to play Center Field?

Say it ain't so, Jim!! :sad:

Ohio Broncos
05-16-2008, 07:59 PM
Cards fall to the Rays, 3-1. :(

Nothing really happened in this game. Andy Sonnanstine doesn't throw hard, but he showed good command on both sides of the plate. Cards hitters were off balance for most of this game. Chris Duncan was finally able to break through with a solo homer in the 8th.

One thing to note from this game was that Albert's consecutive game streak of getting on base ended. Oh well. It was fun while it lasted.

Chris Perez made his debut today, pitching a scoreless inning. He throws hard (high 90s fastball) and also has a decent slider. I'll take him over Izzy right now.

Adam Wainwright will try to stop the bleeding tomorrow. His last start against the Brewers was rough, but I'm pretty confident that he'll bounce back.

Ohio Broncos
05-16-2008, 08:02 PM
Is it true that Jim Edmonds signed with the Cubs to play Center Field?

Say it ain't so, Jim!! :sad:


Yup, it's true. I'm surprised the Cubs made that move. Reed Johnson and Felix Pie have been good in center field for the Cubs. Pie's bat is less to be desired, but he's still young and could come around.

I guess they decided that Pie needed more seasoning in the minors. I think it's a questionable move. I don't think Jimmy has that much left in the tank.

Ohio Broncos
05-17-2008, 02:25 PM
Cards win a thriller in 10 innings over the Rays, 9-8! :beer:

Ryan Ludwick hits his second solo shot of the game in the bottom of the 10th inning to save the Redbirds. He now has 10 homers on the year, good enough to lead the team.

As the score would suggest, pitching took a day off. Adam Wainwright was erratic today, lasting only 5-2/3 innings, allowing 12 hits, 4 runs walking one and striking out two.

The Cards had a 8-4 lead after six innings, but the bullpen imploded again. Ryan Franklin, however, pitched a scoreless 9th and 10th to earn the win. He was pretty much the only pitcher from the bullpen who really got the job done today.

The key to the Cards scoring so many runs was the top three hitters setting the table for the rest of the lineup. Skip Schumaker was 2-5 with two runs scored. Aaron Miles was 4-5 with two runs scored. Phat Albert was 2-5 with a solo homer, two runs scored, and two RBIs.

To be honest with you, this should've been a game that Tampa Bay should've won easily. They outhit the Cards 18-13, but they kept giving away outs on the basepaths. They were caught stealing three times and they got picked off once. There was also another case where B.J. Upton got caught trying to advance to third on a sacrifice fly that tied the game at 8 at the time.

But in the end, the Cards will take it. They needed this one pretty badly considering the Cubs lost today. The Redbirds will try to win their first series in two weeks tomorrow.

Ohio Broncos
05-18-2008, 04:30 PM
Cards win another thriller over the Rays, 5-4! :D

Skip Schumaker hit a game winning double in the bottom of the 9th to win it. It was good to see him snap out of his slump (2-5 two RBIs). He's probably the Cards' best man in the leadoff spot, so the Cards needed him to start hitting and getting on base again.

Chris Perez came in and pitched a perfect ninth to earn the win. He only needed five pitches to dispose of the Rays. I truly believe he is what this bullpen really needed.

Ryan Ludwick hit another homer today (his 11th of the year). If he keeps hitting like this, we may see him in the mid summer classic in a couple of months.

The Cards have won two in a row which could hopefully become a springboard for the upcoming West Coast roadie (three in San Diego, three in Los Angeles).

Ohio Broncos
05-19-2008, 10:25 PM
Cards cruise to a win over the Padres, 8-2!!! :beer:

It's ironic that in a notoriously stingy pitcher's park, the Redbirds cracked four homers (easily their biggest homer output this year). :clap:

Cesar Izturis hit his first homer of the year.

Ryan Ludwick is on an absolute tear. He hit another homer today (his 12th) and was a triple short of hitting for the cycle (3-4, 3 RBIs).

And Phat Albert hit two homers (10, 11). One of them was a titanic shot that landed in the fourth deck. He's officially locked in (3-5, 2 RBIs). With Ludwick hitting behind him, Albert is starting to get pitched to more often. That's a very good sign.

Todd Wellemeyer is starting to become an anchor in the Cardinals' rotation. He is the second guy I would pick out of the Cards' rotation if I absolutely needed to win a game (Adam Wainwright would be first, of course). He's really been a godsend given all of the injuries to the rotation.

Today, Wellemeyer had another quality start (six innings, two runs, six hits, three walks, and two strikeouts). His record improves to 5-1 and his ERA is a very impressive 3.25.

With a team as bad as the Padres, you gotta jump on them early and don't give them a chance to stay in the game. The Cards were able to do that today. Hopefully, they can do it again tomorrow.

Ohio Broncos
05-20-2008, 09:42 PM
Padres nip the Cards, 3-2. :(

The Cardinals had a 2-0 lead until an ugly 6th inning by Joel Pinero did the Redbirds in. Walk, fly out, walk, strike out, home run, thanks for coming. Those walks can really kill you sometimes. He didn't have a really bad outing (5-2/3 innings, three runs, six hits, three walks, seven Ks), just a rough 6th.

The Cards' bats were silent for the most part after scoring two runs in the 2nd inning. They only managed three hits after the 2nd inning.

The Cards wasted a golden opportunity to draw a game closer to the Cubs (who lost today), and their winning streak ends at three. The series finale is tomorrow.

Ohio Broncos
05-21-2008, 10:51 PM
Cards rout the Padres, 11-3!!! :D

The top of the order got the job done again today. Schumaker was 4-5 with a double, a walk and two runs scored. He also flashed some serious leather in center field. Definite Web Gem. Aaron Miles went 3-6 with two runs scored. They pretty set the table for the big hitters.

Ludwick and Glaus had three RBIs each. Yadier Molina had two RBIs.

Rick Ankiel hit a pinch hit two run homer in his first at bat in almost a week. He hasn't played since the Tampa Bay series (Friday). It was good to see him back.

Braden Looper earned the win but he only pitched five innings. After allowing two early runs in the first inning (thanks to an Adrian Gonzalez two run blast), he was able to keep the Padres off the board until the Cards built a 6-2 lead. He allowed eight hits, three runs, walked two and struck out five. He wasn't sharp, but his offense picked him up today.

Albert Pujols's only hit came literally off Padres starter Chris Young. He lined a two strike pitch back up the middle in the third inning and the ball hit Young in the face. Young was down for a few minutes. Pujols was visibly shaken and showed what kind of guy that he was by praying by the pitcher's mound while the trainers were tending to Young. I was really touched to see that. Albert's a pretty good guy. :thumb:

But Albert's day didn't end there. Later that inning, he came home to score on a Troy Glaus single. On the play at the plate, he slid home and injured the Padres catcher (whose leg bent in a very unatural direction). It was a clean slide, it was just an unfortuate accident. So while it was unintentional, Albert knocked out the battery of the Padres in the same inning.

The Cards take two out of three from the Padres and pull within a game of the Cubs. The Redbirds will enjoy a day off before heading to Los Angeles to wrap up the roadie.

Ohio Broncos
05-24-2008, 10:10 PM
Cards blank the Dodgers, 4-0!!!! :D

The Cards' bats were silent for most of the game, but in the third inning the Redbirds pushed across four runs (all with two out). After Kennedy and Schumaker walked, Duncan singled to drive in a run, Albert Pujols doubled in a run, and Ankiel doubled in two runs. None of those hits were screaming line drives in the gaps either. But they were hit in the right place and thanks to that little bit of luck, Kyle Lohse was staked to a four run lead.

That was all that Lohse would need. Six shutout innings, six hits, no walks and five strikeouts. He was victimized by some questionable defense behind him, but he kept his head and battled out of a couple of jams that he had no business being in the first place.

The Cards only had four hits in the game and they only had one man left on base. To say that they took advantage of every situation would be a gross understatement.

The Cards have won three in a row and six out of their last seven. And thanks to the Cubs losing in 14 innings to the Pirates, the Cards are back in first place tied with the Cubs. :rockon:

The Cards go for the sweep tomorrow. The Dodgers will give the ball to their top prospect Clayton Kershaw who, by all accounts, has really electric stuff. It should be interesting.

Ohio Broncos
05-25-2008, 07:07 PM
Dodgers beat the Cards in 10 innings, 4-3. :(

Andre Either singled in Juan Pierre to win it for the Dodgers.

Clayton Kershaw was pretty impressive in his debut, allowing only two runs in in six innings. He struck out seven and only walked one while giving up only five hits. He sports a high 90s fastball along with a killer curve that many think could be the best in the game.

Todd Wellemeyer held up pretty well for the Redbirds (six innings, three runs, five hits, no walks, four Ks). He continues to impress along with being the second best starter in the rotation. To think about where he came from (the Royals scrap pile) to where he is now, is pretty amazing. Great story.

So the Cards go 4-2 on the roadie and are still tied with the Cubs for first in the NL Central. They'll have another day off on Monday before welcoming in the Astros for a huge three game set.

Ohio Broncos
05-27-2008, 08:03 PM
Astros take care of the Cards, 8-2. :(

A highly curious decision by Tony LaRussa had Ryan Ludwick sitting down again today (for the second time in three games). Do you do that with your team leader in RBIs, treat him like a platoon player? Hasn't he earned starter's status yet? I mean the Cards are behind the Cubs and the Astros are hot on their heels. Shouldn't you be putting your best out there?

But to be fair, it wouldn't have mattered today. Braden Looper got shelled today (4-1/3 innings, eight runs, nine hits, three walks, and one K), and the Cardinals never were in this game.

The only bright spot was Albert Pujols. He went 4-4 with a solo homer. In the end, though, this was a game that was pretty forgettable.

The Cards fall into a second place tie with the Astros and are now a game and a half behind the Cubs. Same two teams tomorrow.

Ohio Broncos
05-28-2008, 08:22 PM
Cardinals beat the Astros, 6-2!!!! :beer:

Adam Wainwright was absolutely superb today (eight innings, one run, three hits, one walk, eight Ks). His only blemish was a solo homer that he gave up to Wiggington in the second inning. That's what an ace does. :salute:

The Cards struck first in the first inning pushing across three runs thanks mostly to the Astros (bases loaded walk and a wild pitch that scored a run).

Cesar Izturis gave the Cards a comfortable margin with a two run triple in 4th.

The Cards stay a game and a half behind the Cubs (thanks a lot, Dodgers!:cheeky:). The series will wrap up tomorrow.

Ohio Broncos
05-29-2008, 07:39 PM
Cardinals get by the Astros, 3-2!!! :beer:

The Cards got another strong starting effort from Kyle Lohse. He pitched six-plus innings, allowing only one run on five hits. He walked one and struck out none. His only mistake was a solo homer that he gave up to Carlos Lee when in the 7th inning when he was tiring.

Chris Duncan hit a bases loaded single to give the Cards an early 2-0 lead in the 1st inning.

Phat Albert made it 3-0 with a solo homer (his 13th) in the 6th inning.

The Cards' bullpen took care of the rest. Kyle McClellan, Ron Villone, Chris Perez, and Ryan Franklin only allowed one Houston run (a solo homer by Lance Berkman off Ryan Franklin).

The Cards win the series and now will host the Pirates for a four game series.

Ohio Broncos
05-30-2008, 08:04 PM
Cards edge the Pirates, 5-4!!!! :D

Todd Wellemeyer turned in another great effort. He threw seven strong innings, allowing one run on six hits. He walked two and struck out four. His only run came off the bat of Nate McClouth who cracked a solo homer in the 1st inning.

Phat Albert answered in the bottom of the 1st with a two run shot (his 14th).

The Cardinals expanded their lead to 5-1 with a run in the 3rd and two more in the 7th.

The bullpen made it interesting in the 9th. Jason Michaels hit a bases loaded double to make the score 5-4, but then Ryan Franklin was able to right the ship and secure the win for the Redbirds.

The Cards stay a game and a half behind the Cubs. Game two is tomorrow night.

Ohio Broncos
05-30-2008, 08:24 PM
I almost forgot, Joe Mather got called up from AAA Memphis today and Chris Duncan got sent down.

Frankly, I'm surprised that it didn't happen sooner. Duncan has struggled like crazy at the plate and he has regressed on the field. Conversely, Mather has torn the cover off the ball starting last season in AA Springfield, got promoted and has continued raking in Memphis.

Joe Mather had a good debut against the Pirates. He went 1-4 with a RBI. He made a diving catch on a line drive out in right field that earned him a standing ovation from the Cardinal faithful.

Keep going like that, Joe, and St. Louis will treat you like a king. :salute:

Ohio Broncos
05-31-2008, 09:41 PM
Pirates absolutely destroy the Cardinals, 14-4. :eek:

This was a flashback from last year. Last year, Redbird starters constantly got shelled early in the game not giving the offense any chance of getting in the game. Mike Parisi made his first start today and it was not good.

He gave up a bases clearing double in the 1st, which was the main blow in a four run 1st for the Bucs. After a scoreless 2nd, Parisi gave up another run in the 3rd and loaded the bases. Mercifully, LaRussa gave him the hook.

Well, Kelvin Jiminez came in and put one on a tee for Luis Rivas who cracked it for a grand slam. That made the score 9-1 and the game was pretty much over.

Parisi's line was putrid. 2-2/3 innings, eight runs, eight hits, three walks, and two Ks. Just chalk it up to major league jitters, hopefully.

Joel Pinero is on the DL so he'll miss at least another start. Do you trust Parisi to make another start? LaRussa just might have to. Who else is there? Anthony Reyes is doing well in Memphis so maybe he would be okay, but he's been wildly inconsistent as a starter in the majors.

I guess you need to give him another shot. I'd rather see what I have in him than call up Reyes who has pretty much shown what he can do in the majors. It can only get better, right?

The same could be said about the Cards. The good thing about games like this is that they only count as one loss. The Cards will try to get back on track tomorrow afternoon.

Ohio Broncos
06-01-2008, 04:43 PM
Cardinals bounce back with a 7-4 win over the Pirates!!! :beer:

A five run second inning was the key for the Redbirds. Troy Glaus started it off with a single. Rick Ankiel walked. Yadier Molina singled to load the bases. Adam Kennedy singled in a run as did Braden Looper. Cesar Izturis hit an RBI groundout. And then Skip Schumaker capped the big inning with a two run single.

Troy Glaus added a homer in the seventh, his second straight game with a homer and his fourth on the season. Maybe he's starting to find his stroke because the Cards could really use some more thump in their lineup. The only true power threats right now for the Cards are Pujols and Ludwick.

Braden Looper was the beneficiary of all the run support. He wasn't sharp, but he didn't have to be (5-2/3 innings, three runs, eight hits, three walks, and one K). He never had an easy inning, and he was helped out big time by some great defense behind him.

There were about three stellar defensive plays, but the biggest one was Rick Ankiel's in the second inning. Xavier Nady hit a screamer to center field that I thought had no chance of being caught. Ankiel made a diving catch with his back towards home plate. It reminded me of Jim Edmonds's catch in Kansas City when he was with the Angels. I'm sure you'll see it on Sportscenter tonight. :D

The Cards move to ten games over .500 and they stay two and a half games behind the Cubs who are absolutely on fire right now. The Cards will go for the series win tomorrow against the Bucs.

sneakers
06-02-2008, 03:49 AM
This may be a silly question...but what do you think of when I say Mark McGuire and the Hall of Fame?

They didn't vote him in last time...do you think he will get in?

Southstander
06-02-2008, 04:44 AM
In my mind never

Ohio Broncos
06-02-2008, 09:07 AM
This may be a silly question...but what do you think of when I say Mark McGuire and the Hall of Fame?

They didn't vote him in last time...do you think he will get in?

I'll answer the first question first. I thought Big Mac was a no brainer Hall of Famer before his infamous appearance in Congress back in March 2005. But after that appearance, my views drastically changed.

Remember, the only reason he was there was because Jose Canseco accused him of using steriods in his book, Juiced. So when McGwire went before Congress and was asked about any steriod use, he avoided the question saying as we all recall, "I'm not here to talk about the past."

Why didn't he just deny Canseco's accusations? If he had nothing to hide, and was clean don't you think he would have just denied Canseco's claims? Hell, if someone was dragging my name through the mud, I would sure as hell deny it.

But McGwire didn't which gave all of us the impression (fairly or unfairly) that he was hiding something.

So to answer you first question, when I think of McGwire and the Hall of Fame, I say there's no chance he'll get in unless he provides a solid denial or explaination to Canseco's accusations. And given the life that Big Mac leads now (read: extremely private), the idea of McGwire opening his mouth at all seems pretty ludicrous.

However, the decision is not mine which leads me to your second question. Last year, McGwire received 23.5% of the vote for the Hall of Fame (75% is required for a player to get elected). This year, Big Mac's got 23.6% of the vote, not a big jump by any means.

As long as a player receives 5% of the vote, he can be on the Hall of Fame ballot for a maximum of 15 years. I don't think he'll have the juice required to get in unless he decides to talk openly about his alleged use. He still has plenty of time to get in, but I don't think we'll ever hear from him again.

Ohio Broncos
06-02-2008, 08:05 PM
Pirates rally past the Cards, 5-4. :mad:

The Cards led 4-0 after the third inning with Adam Wainwright pitching. I honestly thought it was a done deal, especially since Wainwright was cruising through the first six innings.

Well, Wainwright ran into some serious trouble in the 7th. He got the first hitter out but then allowed a double and two walks to load the bases. Jason Michaels came in as a pinch hitter and crushed the first pitch he saw into the Pirate bullpen to tie the game.

Wainwright came back out in the 8th and allowed a seeing eye single that scored the winning run for the Bucs.

I don't understand why Adam came back out for the 8th. He was clearly having command issues in the 7th. Why not just take him out in the 8th and trust your bullpen in a tie game?

What an absolutely horrible loss. When you have a 4-0 lead with your ace on the bump, you have to be able to pull this game out. This is the second time the Cards blew a 4-0 lead to the Pirates this year. What a crappy way to end the homestand.

The Cards settle for the split and now will hit the road for a three game set against the Nationals.

Ohio Broncos
06-03-2008, 09:39 PM
Cardinals cruise past the Nationals, 6-1!! :beer:

The game started at 7:15 pm ET and was not over until 12:20 am. There were two rain delays during the 4th and 5th innings. Depite that Kyle Lohse pitched five innings and earned the win. He only allowed the one run on four hits. He struck out two and walked none. We'll see in the future if it was a good idea letting him pitch through two rain delays. Still, it was a great albeit abreviated start for Lohse.

The Cardinals offense got rolling in the very first inning. Ryan Ludwick hit an RBI double to open the scoring, but Yadier Molina had the big blow with a three run homer to give the Cards a 4-0 lead before Lohse even took the hill.

Cesar Izturis was 3-4 with a double and a run scored.

Ryan Ludwick was 2-5 with two doubles, an RBI, and a run scored.

Yadier Molina was 2-5 with a homer and three RBIs.

Albert Pujols left the game in the 4th with a strained calf. It was probably just a precautionary measure given the wet conditions that existed all night so we'll see if he will be in the lineup later today.

The Cards start the road trip off right with a win. The Cards and Nats resume their series later today.

Ohio Broncos
06-05-2008, 01:19 PM
Cards take the opener of the doubleheader, 4-1!! :D

Todd Wellemeyer ,who happens to be the NL pitcher of the month (May), was brilliant again. Six scorless innings, no runs, five hits, one walk and five Ks. He now has a 7-1 record with a 2.92 ERA in case you need him. He is one of the biggest reasons why the Cards have been a pleasant surprise this season.

Offensively, Troy Glaus put the Cards on the board with a two run homer (his 5th) in the 4th.

Albert Pujols made it 3-0 with a pinch hit solo homer (his 15th) in the 7th, and Joe Mather added an RBI double to make it 4-0. Pujols only had that one at bat. We'll see if he plays in the second game.

The Cardinals are now a season best 11 games over .500 and are two and a half games behind the Cubs.

The second game of the doubleheader is later tonight. Mike Parisi (who got shelled in his last start against the Pirates) will be on the hill for the Cards.

Ohio Broncos
06-05-2008, 08:00 PM
The Cardinals came back from a huge deficit but fell to the Nationals in 10 innings, 10-9.

This was an absolutely insane game. The Nats led 7-0 after three innings.

Mike Parisi got hammered today (four innings, eight runs, five earned, ten hits, four walks, and one K). I think it's safe to say that the experiment is over. I expect to see Parisi in AAA Memphis very soon.

But the Cards didn't lay down. They scored three runs in the fourth (Parisi hit a two run double after Troy Glaus hit his 6th homer, a solo shot) and three more in the sixth. Mark Worrell, who's a rookie, was the pitcher that replaced Parisi. He came up in the sixth with two on and crushed a no doubter for a three run bomb in his very first at bat.

The Nats led 8-6 going into the ninth. Skip Schumaker cracked an RBI triple that was just a couple of feet from going out. Aaron Miles hit an infield single to drive in Schumaker and tie the score.

And then in the top of the tenth, Joe Mather hit a laser into the left field seats for his very first major league homer to give the Cards a 9-8 lead. At this point, I thought the Redbirds were actually gonna pull this one off.

Ryan Franklin came in to try to get his second save of the day. In the first game, he had an easy 1-2-3 inning (only nine pitches).

He had a decidedly different outcome in the finale of the twin bill. Crisitan Guzman singled and then Elijah Dukes lauched the game winner over the center field fence for the walk off homer. Franklin couldn't record a single out in the tenth.

So Cardinal pitchers drive in five runs and it still wasn't enough. :eek: I wish they could've worked more on their pitching (I'm looking at you Parisi).

Oh well. I loved the way the Cards fought back in this game. Although you really have to question the sanity of LaRussa batting Adam Kennedy third in the lineup. Yes, he of the .245 batting average. So how did Kennedy do? 1-5 with two GIDP. That rally killer has never hit third this year and you put him in there today? You couldn't put Ludwick or Mather there?

So the Cards move on to Houston for three games over the weekend. I'm numb after this roller coaster game.

Ohio Broncos
06-06-2008, 08:07 PM
Cardinals lose to the Astros, 6-1. :(

The Cards played a doubleheader yesterday the second of which was an emotionally draining roller coaster ride that ended up as a loss. Then they jumped on a plane and didn't get into Houston until 3:00 this morning. They had to be all kinds of tired going to the ballpark today.

It definitely showed. The Cards could only muster four hits today (two by Schumaker and two by Kennedy). Brian Moehler pitched seven strong shutout innings for the Astros allowing two hits, striking out five and walked two.

The Cards were also sloppy on the field. Cesar Iztruis had a two run error. Yadier Molina dropped a throw from Albert Pujols that allowed another run to score.

Braden Looper pitched six innings, allowed five runs (only two earned, thanks to the defense behind him) on eight hits and struck out seven. He wasn't sharp, but he deserved a better fate than what his defense dealt him tonight.

The Cards will try to get some rest and come back strong tomorrow for Game 2 of the series against the Astros. Adam Wainwright will try to stop this mini losing streak.

Ohio Broncos
06-08-2008, 10:14 PM
Cardinals rally past the Astros, 5-4!! :beer:

The Cards were down 3-0 after Lance Berkman hit a titanic blast to center off of Kyle Lohse. Other than that rough third inning, Lohse was good (six innings, three runs, five hits, two walks, three Ks). He kept the Cards in the game until they finally broke through. He earned the win, but it was a strange win.

Wandy Rodriguez was puzzling Cardinal hitters until a disaterous seventh inning ruined his great outing and gave the Cards the win.

Rodriguez started off the inning by hitting Ryan Ludwick. Troy Glaus then hit a grounder to third base that looked like a double play, but Ty Wigginton bobbled it and everyone was safe. Yadier singled to load the bases, and then Brian Barton drove in the first run with a sacrifice fly.

Cesar Izturis was hit by a pitch to load the bases again. After Aaron Miles struck out, Rodriguez had Brandan Ryan at 0-2 but then he bounced a curveball off home plate which scored the second run. Later in that at bat, Ryan hit a single up the middle that scored two and gave the Cards a 4-3 lead.

Joe Mather then lifted a fly ball to center field that looked like the end of the inning, but a miscommunication between Michael Bourn and Hunter Pence led to the ball dropping between them and another run scored. All five runs for the Cards in that inning were unearned.

The Redbirds only managed four hits the entire game but still managed to win. All homerism aside, the Astros gave this game away. But no complaints here. The Cards have given away a handful of games this year.

Coupled with Saturday's 8-4 win, the Cards win another series against the Astros.

The Cards have a day off on Monday before heading to Cincinnati for three games against the Reds. Good thing they miss Volquez.

Ohio Broncos
06-10-2008, 07:16 PM
Cardinals win over the Reds, 7-2!! :D

This win came at a high price. Albert Pujols (who had a bad calf), injured his calf running out of the batter's box and had to be carried off the field. Not good. :( Needless to say, Cardinals nation will be sitting on pins and needles waiting to see how Pujols feels over the next couple of days.

The Cards jumped out to a 4-0 lead with a two out rally in the third inning highlighted by back to back homers by Pujols (a two run shot, his 16th) and Rick Ankiel (his ninth).

Ryan Ludwick did some serious damage at the plate. He was 4-5 with a homer (his 15th), two doubles, two runs scored, and four RBIs (giving him 50 on the season). This guy needs to make the All Star Game. Seriously.

The early run support made a winner out of Mitchell Boggs who made his first major league start. He earned the win pitching five innings, allowing two runs on four hits and three walks. Most of those walks came early (matter of fact, he walked two straight batters in the first on eight pitches) but he settled down and had a respectable outing. He's got some crazy movement on his fastball, but he still needs to work on his breaking stuff.

So the Cards improve to a season best 12 games over .500, but the main concern is Pujols. I'd be surprised if Albert does not go on the DL soon.

Ohio Broncos
06-11-2008, 07:49 PM
Cardinals thump the Reds, 10-0!! :D

Braden Looper pitched an absolute masterpiece today. He threw a complete game shutout, allowing only three hits with no walks and four strikeouts. Nice job, giving the bullpen the day off. :salute:

The Cards got things cracking with a five run first inning. Rick Ankiel cracked a three run homer (his 10th) and Jason LaRue hit a two run homer (his first) to give Looper an early cushion.

Ryan Ludwick hit another homer today (16). He needs to be in the All Star Game. I'm not gonna let this one go.

Johnny Cueto (the Reds starter) was his own worst enemy allowing eight walks in only five innings. He was erratic all day.

Not a bad start for the Redbirds as they try to adjust to life without Pujols for at least three weeks. They improve to a season best 13 games over .500 and remain two and a half games behind the Cubs. The Cards go for the sweep tomorrow.

Ohio Broncos
06-12-2008, 07:15 PM
The Reds avoid the sweep and beat the Cards, 6-2. :shrug:

The score was tied at two going into the bottom of the seventh when the wheels completely came off. After getting the first out of the inning, Mark Worrell gave up a double to David Ross and a walk to Andy Phillips.

Randy Flores came in and got the second out by getting Corey Patterson to ground into a forceout. With Griffey on deck, Flores walked Paul Janish (and his scary .222 batting average) to load the bases. Then Flores walked Griffey to force in a run. Brandon Phillips then came up a cleared the bases with a triple.

Oh well. I guess you can't win them all. But it would be nice to get a sweep every once in a while.

Joel Pinero was strong in his first start coming off the DL (five innings, two runs, three hits, one walk, and seven Ks). He did give up a solo homer to the opposing pitcher (Bronson Arroyo) but it was a positive outing.

Troy Glaus was the only Cardinal of note offensively. He hit a two run homer (8) that tied the game at two in the seventh.

So the Cards finish the roadie 6-3. That works. :thumb: They now head home for a tough three game set against the NL East leading Phillies.

Ohio Broncos
06-15-2008, 09:30 PM
Here's a brief summary of the Cards' weekend series against the Phillies.

In Game 1, the Phillies destroyed the Cards, 20-2 in a game every bit as ugly as the score. The only thing you need to know about this game is that Aaron Miles (a reserve infielder) was the only Cardinals pitcher to take the mound and not allow any runs. He pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning and got a standing ovation. :laugh:

Game 2 saw a shift in momentum thanks to a gutty start by Kyle Lohse. He went eight innings with his only mistake being a two run homer by Pat Burrell. Adam Kennedy provided some early offense for the Redbirds (a first inning two run homer) and they prevailed, 3-2.

In Sunday's finale, the Cards held a 5-1 lead but gave it up (thanks to a bullpen that couldn't find the plate in the late innings) and ended up pulling out a 7-6 win in 10 innings. Two errors in that inning by Chase Utley contributed greatly to the Cardinals winning.

Skip Schumaker, Rick Ankiel, and Troy Glaus each went 2-5. Schumaker hit a solo homer in the third inning and Glaus cracked a two run homer later in the third.

The Phillies are a tough team, and the Cards were fortunate to take the series from them. I can't believe that they still have to play the Phillies six more times this year. :eek:

Monday is a day off and then the Cards welcome in the Kansas City Royals for a revival of the I-70 series.

Ohio Broncos
06-17-2008, 08:05 PM
Royals edge the Cardinals, 2-1. :sad:

This was a well pitched game. Joel Pinero had one of his best starts of the year (seven innings, one run, seven hits, no walks, four Ks), but he ended up with a no decision.

Kyle Davies pitched well too for the Royals, as he limited the Cards to only one run over seven innings.

The Cards couldn't find their bats today as they only had five hits tonight.

With the score tied at one, the tie breaker came in the eighth inning when Mike Aviles hit a solo shot off of Ron Villone.

So that's that. At least the Cubs lost today too. Same two teams tomorrow.

Ohio Broncos
06-18-2008, 07:56 PM
Cards lose to the Royals again, 3-2. :mad:

The Cards led 2-0 but eventually coughed up the lead in the eighth, thanks to the bullpen (again). Granted, today's victim was Kyle McClellan and he's been awesome so far this year. But today, he gave up back to back homeruns in the eighth to turn a 2-1 lead into a 3-2 deficit.

Of course some of the blame could go to the offense too. The Redbirds managed 11 hits but could only score two runs off that. Lack of clutch hitting and a base running goof led to the low offensive output.

It's a shame because for the second start in a row, Braden Looper pitched well (seven innings, one run, five hits).

The Cards will try to avoid the sweep against the Royals tomorrow afternoon. I just wish they would stop losing every time the Cubs lose.

Ohio Broncos
06-19-2008, 02:49 PM
Royals finish off the sweep of the Cardinals, 4-1. :mad:

Zack Greinke locked up the Cards, allowing only one run on two hits, with only one walk and seven strikeouts.

The Cards' offense was anemic. They only managed those two hits the entire game. Rick Ankiel was responsible for the only Redbird run as he hit a solo shot off of Greinke.

The pitching was good. Hell, the Cards pitched pretty well this whole series. But you can tell that the Cards are missing Pujols and even Yadier Molina to a smaller extent.

Getting swept by a last place team is never good (rivalry be damned). Next up is a nine game road trip (three each in Boston, Detroit, and Kansas City). The Cards are gonna have trouble keeping their heads above water, I can feel it.

Boston is arguably the best team in the majors, with very few weaknesses.

Detroit, after their rough start, is starting to play better recently. The Cards have never won an interleague game in Detroit. Yeah, that's encouraging.

Kansas City always plays the Cards tough. And now, they seem to have regained their mojo that they had earlier this year.

Yeah, this roadie is gonna be a huge gut check.

Ohio Broncos
06-20-2008, 08:49 PM
The Cardinals grind out a huge 5-4 win over the Red Sox! :D

FINALLY the Cards brought their bats to the party. Jason LaRue hit a solo shot in the fifth to tie the game at 1 in the fifth. Skip Schumaker cracked a two run homer in the seventh giving the Cards a 4-2 lead. And Yadier Molina (returning from injury) hit a huge insurance homer in the eighth that gave the Cardinals a 5-3 cushion.

But you have to tip your cap to the Cardinals pitching staff (except for Randy Flores who still can't find the strike zone). Kyle Lohse pitched well, but was victimized by some shaky defense behind him. He only pitched six innings (he probably could've pitched eight), but the defense gave Boston some extra outs.

Lohse's best work came in the fifth with the score tied 1-1. After Adam Kennedy and Rick Ankiel turned outs into hits, Lohse was faced with a bases loaded situation with one out. Lohse then struck out Manny Ramirez looking and got Mike Lowell to ground out. So Lohse went six innings, allowing two runs (one earned), two walks and four Ks.

Randy Flores came in relief in the seventh (the Cards were leading 4-2) and provided none. After giving up a hit, Flores walked the next two batters before he was finally yanked by Tony Larussa.

Russ Springer came in (bases loaded, none out) and got Manny Ramirez to ground into a double play which scored a run. Springer then struck out Lowell to end the inning.

Ryan Franklin then came in and pitched a two inning save. The ninth was trouble, but Franklin answered the gut check.

This was an absolutely gigantic win. Fenway is a hard place to play and the Cards fought and scratched their way to a well deserved win. The series continues tomorrow afternoon. Daisuke Matsusaka will make his first start since coming off the DL, so the Cards will have their hands full.

Ohio Broncos
06-21-2008, 04:21 PM
Cards power past the Red Sox, 9-3!! :beer:

The Redbirds knocked around Daisuke Matsusaka who had his shortest outing of his major league career. Daisuke only lasted one inning, giving up seven runs on six hits with three walks and one K. He was yanked after he loaded the bases without getting anyone out in the second inning.

The Cards have just plain outslugged the Red Sox so far in this series. Aaron Miles hit his first homer of the year (a two run shot) in the first to give the Redbirds a 2-0 lead.

Jason Larue hit a two run single in the first to make it 4-0.

After the Cards loaded the bases in the second, Troy Glaus emptied them with a grand slam homer over the monster to make it 8-0.

Rick Ankiel added a solo shot in the seventh for the Cards' final run.

Mitchell Boggs started for the Redbirds and was solid enough to earn the win (5-1/3 innings, three runs, five hits, two walks, one K). The important thing is that he didn't let the Red Sox chip away at the lead.

So try and figure this team out. I dare you. After getting swept at home by the basement dwelling Kansas City Royals, the Cards have won the series at Boston and are on the verge of sweeping the defending champs.

Tomorrow the Red Sox have Jon Lester starting. Given the rash of injuries that the Cards have, they have had to rely heavily on left handers a majority of which struggle with left handed pitching. Getting a sweep against the BoSox will be difficult.

Ohio Broncos
06-22-2008, 07:12 PM
Cards drop the finale, 5-3 in 13 innings. :(

Poor Joel Pinero. He deserved a better fate. He was cruising through the first six innings. In the seventh, he allowed a solo homer to Kevin Youkilis but he still had a 2-1 lead. In the eighth, Rick Ankiel misplayed a fly ball to center that ended up as a triple. Tony LaRussa decided to take out Pinero even though he only threw 81 pitches. Pinero was awesome today (7+ innings, two runs, seven hits, no walks, one K).

Chris Perez came in and after allowing a sacrifice fly to tie the game, walked the bases loaded and eventually walked in the go ahead run.

Jonathan Papelbon came in to close the game for the Red Sox, but blew the save after walking Chris Duncan and giving up a double to Adam Kennedy which drove in Duncan (all of that happened with two out). That at bat by Kennedy was something else. He kept fouling off Papelbon's fastballs until he was able to finally get a hold of one, hitting a double off the Green Monster.

As the game went on into extra innings, both teams had multiple chances to push across a run, but a combination of clutch pitching and good defense kept the score tied at three until Youkilis finally ended the game with a two run homer in the 13th.

The Cards played their asses off in this game, plain and simple. They could have hung their heads and given up when they coughed up the lead in the bottom of the eighth but they hung in there and tried their damndest to win this game. It just wasn't meant to be.

But hey, I'm proud of them. They took two of three from the defending champs, and that's a good start to the road trip. The Cards have a day off tomorrow before starting a three game set in Detriot.

Ohio Broncos
06-24-2008, 08:00 PM
Cardinals double up the Tigers, 8-4!!! :D

The Cardinal offense cracked 14 hits today and chased starter Kenny Rogers with one out in the sixth inning. There were plenty offensive heroes today headlined by Brian Barton.

Brian Barton was 2-3 with a homer (2), a double and two RBI.

Yadier Molina was 3-5 with a double and two runs scored.

Nick Stavinoha was 2-5 with an RBI and two runs scored.

Brendan Ryan was 3-4 with two RBI and two runs scored.

Braden Looper was good enough (6 IP, 4 R, 7 hits, 3 walks, 2 Ks) to earn the win and improve his record to 9-5. He gave up three homers, but one was a good low fastball that Ivan Rodriguez just golfed out and another bounced off the top of the wall but was (incorrectly) ruled a homer.

And good news concerning Albert Pujols. He ran the bases today and looks ready to get back into the lineup when he's due off the DL on Thursday. :thumb:

Same two teams tomorrow night.

Ohio Broncos
06-25-2008, 10:14 PM
Tigers nip the Cards, 8-7. :(

This game turned out to be a rain delayed see saw affair. After a two hour 15 minute rain delay (the game was tied at five at the time), the Cards took a 6-5 lead in the seventh inning when Joel Zumaya walked Yadier Molina with the bases loaded. The Cards gave that lead right back in the bottom of the seventh when Izzy got into a bases loaded none out jam, got a double play (which scored the tying run), and then got a ground out to end the inning.

The Redbirds took a 7-6 lead in the eighth when Aaron Miles singled in Brendan Ryan, but the Tigers got that run right back in the bottom of the eighth on a run scoring single by Magglio Ordonez off of reliever Kyle McClellan. So that is two blow saves by the bullpen (Izzy's seventh, Kyle's third) in case you're scoring at home.

Gary Sheffield singled in the ninth (off Kyle McClellan) scoring Clete Thomas who led off the inning with a double.

Kyle Lohse got knocked around pretty good (four innings, five runs, 11 hits, one walk, two Ks). Apparently, the Tigers have a lot of hitters that historically do well against Lohse. History did not change today.

Offensively, Skip Schumaker hit the first pitch he saw into the right field seats for a leadoff homer (6). He ended up going 2-4 with two runs scored and an RBI.

Rick Ankiel hit two homers (13,14) and was 3-3 with three runs scored and three RBIs. Hopefully, he can get back into a grove.

Taking a loss is never easy. Taking a loss when it's almost 1:00 am and then having another game to play in about 12 hours is pretty brutal. But that's the situation that the Redbirds face.

At least Albert Pujols will be back tomorrow (probably as a DH).

Ohio Broncos
06-26-2008, 02:39 PM
Cards lose a heartbreaker to the Tigers, 3-2. :mad:

The bullpen blows another game as Ryan Frankiln allowed a Gary Sheffield homer in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game at 2. Then Mike Parisi came in the 10th and gave up a bases loaded walk forcing in the winning run. That was the second run of the game that the Cards walked in. Ron Villone's walk with the bases loaded led to the first Tiger run in the sixth inning.

There is plenty of blame to go around for this one. The Cards had chance after chance to put some runs up in the first five innings, but they continued to leave men on base. In the first five innings, the Cardinals rapped nine hits but couldn't drive in any runs.

Troy Glaus and Ryan Ludwick were mostly reponsible. They combined to go 1-10 with 10 men left on base. :eek: Ludwick looks like he may have hit the wall after a great start to the season. Hopefully he can snap out of it.

Albert Pujols came back today and was 4-4 with a walk and an RBI. It was good seeing him back.

Todd Wellemeyer looked good in the limited time he was in the game (five shutout innings, four hits, no walks, three Ks). He was on a leash since it was his first start in almost two weeks.

So the Cards lose the series in Detroit and now move on to Kansas City to play the Royals who are playing some of the best baseball in the majors right now. Hey, at least the Cubs are getting killed today.

Buckin' Bronco
06-28-2008, 08:05 PM
Cards beat KC 5-1

GO CARDS!!!
(46-36)

Buckin' Bronco
06-29-2008, 03:05 PM
Cards Win again 9-6 @ KC:fight:
GO CARDS!!!
(47-36)

Ohio Broncos
06-30-2008, 08:54 AM
Cards Win again 9-6 @ KC:fight:
GO CARDS!!!
(47-36)

Thanks for picking me up. I wasn't close to a computer all weekend. :salute:

So on the nine game road trip, the Redbirds went 5-4. Not bad, but it easily could've been 8-1. What I would I ideally like to happen is that the Cards stay within striking distance so that maybe they can vault into first place when the Cubs come to St. Louis this weekend.

The Cards finally head home for a seven game homestand (four vs. the Mets, three vs. the Cubs).

Ohio Broncos
06-30-2008, 07:45 PM
Cards beat the Mets, 7-1!! :beer:

Kyle Lohse was stellar tonight. He pitched seven strong innings allowing only one unearned run on five hits. He walked two and struck out four. Lohse ran his record to 10-2. He's done a great job holding the pitching staff together ever since Adam Wainwright went on the DL. :salute:

The Cardinals scored early and then the Mets gave them some gifts that allowed the Cards to take control of the game. The Cards scored two runs in the first inning when Albert Pujols singled in a run and Aaron Miles scored when Troy Glaus grounded into a double play.

The first gift from the Mets came in the second inning when Luis Castillo booted a grounder and Molina scored from second to make it 3-0.

After Troy Glaus doubled in a run in the third inning, the second gift came in the fourth inning when Aaron Miles hit a grounder to David Wright who then made an ill advised throw that went wide of first base. The play got scored as an infield hit and an error as Miles took second. Pujols promptly came up and singled in Miles to make the score 5-0.

Chris Duncan hit a two run homer (5) in the fifth to close the scoring for the Cards. This was Duncan's first homer since May 16. Chris Duncan actually hit a homer. Reading that last sentence again almost made my head explode. :eek: Hell, it nearly exploded when I saw that homer live.

The win puts the Cards 12 games over .500 and within two games of the Cubs who are playing the Giants right now.

Ohio Broncos
07-01-2008, 09:01 AM
I'm a moron. :duh:

I completely forgot to mention that Mark Mulder came in and pitched in the ninth inning for the Cards. When he came out of the bullpen and jogged towards the mound, he was treated to a standing ovation from the Cardinals faithful. :clap:

He looked decent (high 80s-low 90s fastball, nice tight curveball). He gave up two singles, but both were bloops and one of them should've been caught by Duncan. His outs came on a ground out to short, a strike out and a pop out to right.

We'll see if Mulder can help out the bullpen. I don't like the lefty options that the Cards have now in the bullpen, so Mulder would be a godsend if he can fill that need. Still, it's been a long road back for him and it was good to see him back.

Ohio Broncos
07-01-2008, 08:12 PM
Mets down the Cards, 7-4. :(

The Cards held leads of 2-0 and 3-1 but the Mets collected 14 hits as they took control of the game in the middle innings.

Simply put, Todd Wellemeyer didn't have it tonight (5 IP, 6 R, 12 hits :eek:, 1 walk, 3 strike outs). He struggled with his command all day. The only pitch he was able to throw for a strike was his fastball and once the Mets hitters realized that, they just waited for a fastball and hammered it.

Rick Ankiel hit a two run homer (16) in the first. He's been hitting well over the last week or so.

Troy Glaus was 2-3 with two doubles and a run scored. As a team, the Cards really quieted down after the first two innings.

The Cardinals' modest three game winning streak comes to an end. Let's just hope the Cubs lose tonight.

Buckin' Bronco
07-02-2008, 11:10 AM
Mets down the Cards, 7-4. :(

The Cards held leads of 2-0 and 3-1 but the Mets collected 14 hits as they took control of the game in the middle innings.

Simply put, Todd Wellemeyer didn't have it tonight (5 IP, 6 R, 12 hits :eek:, 1 walk, 3 strike outs). He struggled with his command all day. The only pitch he was able to throw for a strike was his fastball and once the Mets hitters realized that, they just waited for a fastball and hammered it.

Rick Ankiel hit a two run homer (16) in the first. He's been hitting well over the last week or so.

Troy Glaus was 2-3 with two doubles and a run scored. As a team, the Cards really quieted down after the first two innings.

The Cardinals' modest three game winning streak comes to an end. Let's just hope the Cubs lose tonight.

Don't worry they'll bounce back, watch and see!

GO CARDS!!!

Ohio Broncos
07-02-2008, 10:12 PM
Cardinals walk off with a 8-7 win over the Mets!! :D

With the score tied at seven, Troy Glaus hit his second homer of the game in the bottom of the ninth to seal a comeback win for the Cards.

The Redbirds jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning highlighted by a three run homer by Troy Glaus.

However, Joel Pinero could not let that lead stick as he was hit around during his entire start. He never had a 1-2-3 inning and he was constantly in trouble. Pinero was not good (5 IP, 4 R, 11 hits, 1 walk, 4 Ks) and for the most part, the bullpen wasn't good either. Only McClellan (sixth inning) and Franklin (ninth inning) were able to retire the side in order.

After the Mets tied the game at four, Rick Ankiel hit a solo homer (17) in the fifth to give the Cards a 5-4 lead.

The Mets responded with three runs in the seventh and the Cards trailed 7-5. The Mets banged out 15 hits tonight, but some of them were of the seeing eye single, bloop base hit variety.

In the bottom of the eighth, Ryan Ludwick was hit by a pitch. Chris Duncan came in as a pinch hitter and hit a clutch two run homer (6) to tie the game at seven. I saw it with my own eyes and I still don't believe it. :eek: But hey, I gave him a hard time this year so I'll eat my share of crow tonight.

In the ninth, Rick Ankiel came within a foot or so of hitting a walkoff homer himself before Troy Glaus hit a fly ball into left field that just barely got over the glove of Endy Chavez (who made that ridiculous catch for the Mets in the 2006 NLCS) to win the game for the Redbirds. Glaus ended up going 2-4 with two homers (12,13) and four RBIs.

The Cards will try to win the series tomorrow against the Mets. Let's hope that the pitching is better.

Ohio Broncos
07-02-2008, 10:13 PM
Don't worry they'll bounce back, watch and see!

GO CARDS!!!

You called it, man! :salute:

Buckin' Bronco
07-03-2008, 05:08 AM
You called it, man! :salute:

Glaus and Duncan were steller, Thank You Troy Glaus!

GO CARDS!!!
(49-37)
Not bad fellas!

Ohio Broncos
07-03-2008, 08:36 PM
Mets spank the Cardinals, 11-1. :eek:

Damn. :eek:

Today included, the only starter who had a good start this last time through the rotation was Kyle Lohse. As a result, the bullpen once again was running on fumes. Mitchell Boggs had to bite the bullet and take one for the team. His line was putrid (six innings, 11 runs, 10 hits, six walks, two Ks), but he ate some innings.

The Mets scored three times in the first inning and six in the third to put this game away early.

And that's that. The Cards settle for a split and get set to welcome in the Cubs for a three game series. Needless to say, this is a huge series. :fight:

Buckin' Bronco
07-04-2008, 07:44 AM
Mets spank the Cardinals, 11-1. :eek:

Damn. :eek:

Today included, the only starter who had a good start this last time through the rotation was Kyle Lohse. As a result, the bullpen once again was running on fumes. Mitchell Boggs had to bite the bullet and take one for the team. His line was putrid (six innings, 11 runs, 10 hits, six walks, two Ks), but he ate some innings.

The Mets scored three times in the first inning and six in the third to put this game away early.

And that's that. The Cards settle for a split and get set to welcome in the Cubs for a three game series. Needless to say, this is a huge series. :fight:

I still can't believe that Boggs gave up a six run 3rd inning!:sad: I really hope the Cards show up against the Cubs

GO CARDS!!!

Ohio Broncos
07-04-2008, 08:35 PM
Cubs edge the Cards, 2-1. :mad:

This was a well pitched game. Braden Looper pitched well (7 IP, 2 R, 6 hits, 1 BB, 5Ks), but Carlos Zambrano pitched a little bit better (six shutout innings, 4 hits, two walks, five Ks).

Looper really made just two mistakes all night. ***udome hit a solo homer in the first inning and Soto hit a solo shot in the fourth. Soto's at bat was interesting because Looper had Soto at 1-2 and put two pitches that either nipped the outside corner or barely missed. With the count full, Looper pitched a fatter pitch that Soto hit out.

Fast forward to the ninth inning. Troy Glaus is at the plate against Kerry Wood and the count is 3-1. Wood throws two pitches that look to be outside, but the ump calls strike two and strike three to Glaus.

My point is the ump calls Looper's pitches outside but Wood's are strikes? A little consistency would be nice. At the very least, the score should be tied at one going into extra innings.

Albert Pujols accounted for the only Cardinal run as he cracked a solo shot in the eighth to bring the Cards to within a run. That was El Hombre's 300th home run of his career. Congrats, Albert! :beer:

That damn ump is still pissing me off. :fight:

Whatever. The Cubs are now 3-1/2 games in front of the Cards. Kyle Lohse needs to come up huge for the Redbirds tomorrow.

Buckin' Bronco
07-05-2008, 03:56 PM
woooooooooo hooooooooooooo Cards win in the ninth from behind WTG Rick Ankiel

GO CARDS!!!

Ohio Broncos
07-06-2008, 03:27 PM
Cubs beat the Cards with ease, 7-1. :(

The Cards just couldn't get anything going on offense today. Ryan Ludwick was the only Cardinal of note today. His solo homer in the sixth (17) led to the only Cards run today.

Todd Wellemeyer was shaky (5 IP, 3 R, 9 H, 3 K). After a clean first inning, he was in trouble for the rest of his start.

The Cubs were able to keep constant pressure on the Cardinals. They pounded 16 hits.

The Cards have some serious trouble against lefty starters. Skip Schumaker and Chris Duncan are a serious liability against them. With Schumaker on the bench against lefties, the Cards have a serious weapon (their best leadoff hitter) that they can't use when a southpaw takes the mound.

Today, Sean Marshall locked up the Cards (6 IP, 1 R, 6 H, 1 BB, 4 K). He doesn't throw hard, but he changed speeds and kept Cards hitters off balance all day.

So the Cubs leave St. Louis with a 3.5 game lead and the Cards fall into a second place tie with the hard charging Brewers. Just a crappy end to the homestand.

The Redbirds have a day off tomorrow before starting a three game set in Philadelphia.

Buckin' Bronco
07-06-2008, 07:36 PM
Cubs beat the Cards with ease, 7-1. :(

The Cards just couldn't get anything going on offense today. Ryan Ludwick was the only Cardinal of note today. His solo homer in the sixth (17) led to the only Cards run today.

Todd Wellemeyer was shaky (5 IP, 3 R, 9 H, 3 K). After a clean first inning, he was in trouble for the rest of his start.

The Cubs were able to keep constant pressure on the Cardinals. They pounded 16 hits.

The Cards have some serious trouble against lefty starters. Skip Schumaker and Chris Duncan are a serious liability against them. With Schumaker on the bench against lefties, the Cards have a serious weapon (their best leadoff hitter) that they can't use when a southpaw takes the mound.

Today, Sean Marshall locked up the Cards (6 IP, 1 R, 6 H, 1 BB, 4 K). He doesn't throw hard, but he changed speeds and kept Cards hitters off balance all day.

So the Cubs leave St. Louis with a 3.5 game lead and the Cards fall into a second place tie with the hard charging Brewers. Just a crappy end to the homestand.

The Redbirds have a day off tomorrow before starting a three game set in Philadelphia.

3.5 GB in early july ain't bad buddy, I anticipate some moves before the deadline to help off set the lefty advantage other teams have. Marshall was solid but the birds let that one slip. I'm sure La Russa will definitely upgrade the bullpen before the deadline too.

GO CARDS!!!

saltybuggah
07-07-2008, 10:04 AM
:salute::salute::salute:

going to the cards / phils game tomorrow in phili

ill be down the 1st base line by the ball girl representing the cards organization in the friendliest town know to sports -- phili :D

its going to be a great game but they are calling for rain in the daytime but it should clear up by the start of the game.....



hopefully the cards get some much needed rest and the phils get into a tough one with the mets tonight....

pieneiro vrs hamels scares me a bit but the cards should be able to pull this one out


go cards :salute:

Ohio Broncos
07-07-2008, 11:57 AM
3.5 GB in early july ain't bad buddy, I anticipate some moves before the deadline to help off set the lefty advantage other teams have. Marshall was solid but the birds let that one slip. I'm sure La Russa will definitely upgrade the bullpen before the deadline too.

GO CARDS!!!

Of course you're right, I just expected the Cards to score a little more in the Cubs series (only two runs scored in the two losses).

At least they're headed to the road, where they are one of the best in baseball.

Ohio Broncos
07-07-2008, 12:01 PM
going to the cards / phils game tomorrow in phili

ill be down the 1st base line by the ball girl representing the cards organization in the friendliest town know to sports -- phili :D

its going to be a great game but they are calling for rain in the daytime but it should clear up by the start of the game.....



hopefully the cards get some much needed rest and the phils get into a tough one with the mets tonight....

pieneiro vrs hamels scares me a bit but the cards should be able to pull this one out


go cards :salute:

Have fun, bro! :salute:

I'll be in Pittsburgh when the Cards head there this Saturday. I got seats behind home plate! :rockon:

I'm sure you'll represent Cardinals Nation to the fullest! Let's hope the Cards come through with a win for ya!

Buckin' Bronco
07-08-2008, 06:35 PM
Cards blank Philly 2-0!:D Ankiel and Ludwick each had solo homers, pitching was solid all day especially late.

GO CARDS!!!
(51-40)

Ohio Broncos
07-08-2008, 06:40 PM
Cards skunk Philly 2-0!:D Ankiel and Ludwick each had solo homers, pitching was solid all day especially late.

GO CARDS!!!

Joel Pinero was awesome (6.1 IP, 0 R, 5 H, 3 BB, 3 K). That jam he got out of in the second inning (runners on second and third, none out) set the tone.

Good win. Especially since the Cards did it against a pretty damn good starter (Cole Hamels).

saltybuggah
07-09-2008, 10:56 AM
Cards blank Philly 2-0!:D Ankiel and Ludwick each had solo homers, pitching was solid all day especially late.

GO CARDS!!!
(51-40)


Joel Pinero was awesome (6.1 IP, 0 R, 5 H, 3 BB, 3 K). That jam he got out of in the second inning (runners on second and third, none out) set the tone.

Good win. Especially since the Cards did it against a pretty damn good starter (Cole Hamels).
let me tell ya the phils fans were stunned

the game was fantastic and the pitching was amazing... the phils fans tried their best to heckle me but it didnt phase me and i walked out of the stadium a happy cards fan....

today its officially mark mulder day

http://stlouis.cardinals.mlb.com/images/2008/07/08/NX7WEEvg.jpg
give em hell mark and welcome back to the mound :salute:

Ohio Broncos
07-09-2008, 11:07 AM
let me tell ya the phils fans were stunned

the game was fantastic and the pitching was amazing... the phils fans tried their best to heckle me but it didnt phase me and i walked out of the stadium a happy cards fan....

today its officially mark mulder day

http://stlouis.cardinals.mlb.com/images/2008/07/08/NX7WEEvg.jpg
give em hell mark and welcome back to the mound :salute:

I'm sure it was fun to have our boys silence the Philly fans. I would've liked to have seen Ludwick's homer in person. That baby was crushed!!

I sure hope Mulder can silence those bats for the second straight day.

Good luck, Mark! :salute:

Ohio Broncos
07-09-2008, 08:33 PM
Cards fall to the Phillies, 4-2.

With the score tied at two in the eighth, Ryan Howard hit an 0-2 pitch into the right field seats to break the tie.

The main story here is Mark Mulder. He made his first start of the year, and he only lasted for three batters. After striking out Jimmy Rollins, Mulder walked the next two batters on eight pitches. Time was called and Mulder was pulled because he was feeling discomfort in his shoulder. It appeared that Mulder injured himself after trying to pick off a runner from first base, his throw just looked weird.

I'm afraid to say it, but I think Mulder is done. He's hurt again and who knows if he'll require surgery. He tried to give it a go, but it didn't work out. I hope that Mulder can live a normal life, but I think his baseball career is over.

Back to the game. Brad Thompson came in and pitched 4.1 good innings. He got a lot of ground balls but seemed to tire in the fifth inning where he allowed an RBI triple to Rollins and an RBI single to Howard.

The Cards rallied with two runs in the seventh when the Phils starter (J.A. Happ) started to fade. Albert Pujols drove in the first run with a sac fly with the bases loaded and then Troy Glaus broke an 0-20 slump with an RBI single to tie the game. The Cards could've had more, but Joe Mather struck out with the bases loaded to end the inning.

Good game all around. Tip your cap to the Phillies. They earned this one. It's not like the Cards didn't have their chances. They only managed six hits and they left 12 on base.

The Cardinals fall to 4.5 games behind the Cubs.

The Redbirds will be right back at it tomorrow afternoon. Braden Looper will take the mound for the Cards as they try to win another series from the Phillies.

Buckin' Bronco
07-10-2008, 05:41 AM
Cards fall to the Phillies, 4-2.

With the score tied at two in the eighth, Ryan Howard hit an 0-2 pitch into the right field seats to break the tie.

The main story here is Mark Mulder. He made his first start of the year, and he only lasted for three batters. After striking out Jimmy Rollins, Mulder walked the next two batters on eight pitches. Time was called and Mulder was pulled because he was feeling discomfort in his shoulder. It appeared that Mulder injured himself after trying to pick off a runner from first base, his throw just looked weird.

I'm afraid to say it, but I think Mulder is done. He's hurt again and who knows if he'll require surgery. He tried to give it a go, but it didn't work out. I hope that Mulder can live a normal life, but I think his baseball career is over.

Back to the game. Brad Thompson came in and pitched 4.1 good innings. He got a lot of ground balls but seemed to tire in the fifth inning where he allowed an RBI triple to Rollins and an RBI single to Howard.

The Cards rallied with two runs in the seventh when the Phils starter (J.A. Happ) started to fade. Albert Pujols drove in the first run with a sac fly with the bases loaded and then Troy Glaus broke an 0-20 slump with an RBI single to tie the game. The Cards could've had more, but Joe Mather struck out with the bases loaded to end the inning.

Good game all around. Tip your cap to the Phillies. They earned this one. It's not like the Cards didn't have their chances. They only managed six hits and they left 12 on base.

The Cardinals fall to 4.5 games behind the Cubs.

The Redbirds will be right back at it tomorrow afternoon. Braden Looper will take the mound for the Cards as they try to win another series from the Phillies.

Offense just wasn't their though buddy, Mather had the game right their with the bases stacked, oh well eh. Shame about Mulder too, pitching was surprisingly great after that though. Good hard fought game, Phillies earned it. I would feel more comfortable if Tony went and got a legit stud for the mound . The whole thing with Mulder doesn't scare me, it just makes me nervous. I mean Wainright had a set back and Carpenter is still on the DL until August. Don't get me wrong I don't want to sell the farm at all but, a little insurance would be greatly appreciated.

GO CARDS!!!

Take the series boys!!!

Ohio Broncos
07-10-2008, 01:52 PM
Phillies get by the Cardinals, 4-1. :sad:

45 year-old Jamie Moyer schooled the Redbirds today (7 IP, 1 R, 7 H, 2 BB, 4 K). He was helped out by three double plays. So the Cards faced three left handers in this series and beat their best one (Cole Hamels). Go figure.

Braden Looper wasn't at his best, but he battled for six innings (4 R, 7 H, 1 BB, 2 K). The two reasons why he lost this game is: 1) the Cards gave him next to no run support and 2) Ryan Howard owned him today.

Ryan Howard drove in three off the four runs with a two run homer in the first inning and a solo shot in the sixth (both off Looper).

The Cards scored their lone run in the fourth when Yadier Molina singled in the fourth inning to drive in Troy Glaus.

So the Phillies take two out of three from the Cardinals. No matter what happens in the Cubs-Reds game (the Cubs are losing now), it looks like the Brewers (who are killing the Rockies) are gonna leapfrog the Cards. For the first time this year, the Cards will most likely be in third place.

The Cards head to Pittsburgh for a three game series before the All Star Break. The break can't come soon enough. It looks like they could use a couple of days to rest up and get their minds right.

Ohio Broncos
07-10-2008, 02:06 PM
As expected, Mark Mulder goes on the 15 day DL. Young lefty Jaimie Garcia gets called up to take Mulder's place.

http://stlouis.cardinals.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20080710&content_id=3106278&vkey=news_stl&fext=.jsp&c_id=stl

Ohio Broncos
07-11-2008, 06:45 PM
Cardinals shut out the Pirates, 6-0!! :beer:

The Cards broke out their bats tonight. A four run third inning got things rolling for the Redbirds. Albert Pujols singled with none on and two out. Troy Glaus then singled and Pujols advanced to third base. Yadier Molina then got the Cards on the board with a two RBI double. Rick Ankiel then cracked a two run homer (20) to cap the big inning.

Ryan Ludwick added a solo homer (19) in the fifth.

Kyle Lohse was the beneficiary of all that run support. He was spectacular today as he pitched seven shutout innings allowing six hits, walking one and striking out three.

Rookie Jaimie Garcia came in and pitched two scoreless innings to complete the shutout.

Ankiel added an RBI single seventh to close the scoring for the Cards. He had a big day going 3-3 with a homer and three RBIs.

Pujols was 2-4 with two runs scored.

Glaus was 3-5 with a run scored.

Molina was 2-5 with a double, two RBIs and a run scored.

So there you have it. I'm glad the bats finally woke up. The Cards are back to 10 games over .500 and are 4.5 games behind the Cubs.

Same two teams tomorrow. I'll be at that game!!! :rockon:

Buckin' Bronco
07-12-2008, 08:00 PM
UN FREAKING BELIEVABLE!!!:coffee: A 6 run lead given up in two innings!!!:mad: We had that game won, better luck tomorrow I guess.:smug: Darn I'm PO'ed right now!!! Not to mention Ankiel turned his left ankle!!!

Ohio Broncos
07-12-2008, 09:04 PM
UN FREAKING BELIEVABLE!!!:coffee: A 6 run lead given up in two innings!!!:mad: We had that game won, better luck tomorrow I guess.:smug: Darn I'm PO'ed right now!!! Not to mention Ankiel turned his left ankle!!!

I just got back from watching that garbage. :mad:

I am so damn pissed.

The Cards had a 9-3 lead in the seventh inning and couldn't hold it. The whole bullpen was terrible. They wasted a huge offensive outburst (11 runs, 22 hits :eek:) by the Cards.

Absolutely nuts. After choking away that lead, Troy Glaus hit a solo shot in the 10th inning to give the Cards a 11-10 lead, but the Bucs hit a walk off homer in the bottom of the 10th to win it.

After that homer flew into the stands, I just sat in my seat in a catatonic state. I can believe they blew that freaking game. Most Cardinal fans were still in their seats when I decided to leave. All of them were shellshocked.

So the Redbirds had leads of 9-3 in the seventh and 10-4 in the eighth but blew it. The Pirates scored 8 runs in the final three innings. This is one of those losses where a team's season can go into the toilet quick. This is one of the most painful losses that I can remember.

I will now light myself on fire.

Buckin' Bronco
07-13-2008, 02:07 PM
WTG Cards!!!:rockon: 11-6 win(2-1) series for the redbirds! Oh BTW the Cubs lost 4-2 to the Giants!:D What a great day!!!

Take it away Ohio my good man!

GO CARDS!!!

Ohio Broncos
07-13-2008, 02:30 PM
Nice bounce back, especially after yesterday's debacle. The Cards scored 11 runs for the second straight game. Ryan Ludwick and Troy Glaus are on fire. It's the second straight day Glaus homered. Ludwick has homered in three straight days. Oh, and Aaron Miles added some offense as well.

The Pirates led 1-0 on an RBI single by Xavier Nady in the first inning. That lead stood until the fourth inning when the Cards started going to work on starter Ian Snell. With two outs and noboby on, Glaus and Ducan hit consective doubles to tie the score. After Yadier Molina walked, Miles lauched a 1-0 pitch into the seats in right field for his second homer of the season and gave the Cards a 4-1 lead.

Joel Pinero couldn't let that lead stand as the Bucs scored four times in the fifth inning to tie the score. After the Cards took a 5-4 lead in the sixth, the Pirates added two more runs (all with two outs) in the bottom of the inning to take a 6-5 lead. Pinero got knocked around pretty good today (5.2 IP, 6 R, 10 H, 3 BB, 2 K).

In the seventh, Glaus cracked an RBI double, Duncan singled in a run and Miles continued his huge day by hitting a triple and driving in two runs to give the Cards a 9-6 lead.

From there the Cards just played add on. Ludwick hit a solo shot (21) in the eighth and Glaus blasted a solo homer (15) in the ninth.

Ludwick: 2-5 with a homer, two runs scored and an RBI.

Glaus: 3-4 with a homer, two doubles, three runs scored and two RBIs.

Duncan: 3-5 with a double, three runs scored and two RBIs.

Miles: 3-5 with a homer, a triple, a run scored and five RBIs. :rockon:

The bullpen pitched 2.2 shutout innings and allowed only two hits. :thumb: That's a far cry from what happened yesterday.

Today's win takes the sting off yesterday's disaster and it's always good to go into the All Star Break on a winning note.

The Cards go into the ASB with a 53-43 record good enough for the Wild Card lead and 4.5 games behind the Cubs.

Ohio Broncos
07-17-2008, 08:06 PM
Cardinals nip the Padres, 4-3!!! :D

The Cards used good pitching and the long ball to prevail over the Padres. Kyle Lohse pitched seven strong innings, allowing only two runs on seven hits. He walked two and struck out four. Lohse had to throw 30 pitches in the first inning, but he settled down and earned the win (12-2).

The Cards did all of their damage via the long ball. Troy Glaus hit solo shot (16) in the second inning to tie the score at one.

In the fourth with the Cards trailing 2-1, Rick Ankiel (21) and Glaus (17) hit back to back solo homers to give the Cards a 3-2 lead.

And last but not least, rookie Joe Mather hit his second homer of the year which was another solo shot.

All of the Cardinals' homers came at the expense of Jake Peavy, who took the loss.

Ryan Franklin made the ninth inning interesting allowing back to back doubles to make the score 4-3 before finally buckling down to get three outs and securing the win for the Redbirds.

The Cards gain a half game on both the idle Cubs and Brewers. The Cards trail the Cubs by four games and lead the Brewers by a full game in the wild card race.

The series continues tomorrow.

Ohio Broncos
07-17-2008, 08:13 PM
Chris Carpenter has been cleared to begin a minor league rehab assignment.

He will pitch Sunday for AA Springfield.

http://www.stlsportsinsider.com/

Looks like Carp is on track to get back with the Cards by August! :rockon:

Buckin' Bronco
07-17-2008, 08:20 PM
Wow Ohio that was fast! Props to you for posting so quickly pal. Kyle Lohse is on fire right now! 11-2 as a starter wow!:D Don't forget about Wainright he is cleared to throw from the mound (practice) next week, at least I think that's what I heard.

GO CARDS!!!

Ohio Broncos
07-17-2008, 08:30 PM
Wow Ohio that was fast! Props to you for posting so quickly pal. Kyle Lohse is on fire right now! 11-2 as a starter wow!:D Don't forget about Wainright he is cleared to throw from the mound (practice) next week, at least I think that's what I heard.

GO CARDS!!!

You're right, Buck.

I just read this article yesterday about Adam Wainwright. He seems to be healing nicely and it looks like he'll be able to start throwing from the mound on Sunday.

http://stlouis.cardinals.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20080716&content_id=3143282&vkey=news_stl&fext=.jsp&c_id=stl

How huge would it be to get not one, but two aces back! I'm pretty damn excited for that! :rockon:

Buckin' Bronco
07-18-2008, 06:23 PM
Looper really stunk up the park tonight:(

Ohio Broncos
07-18-2008, 09:13 PM
Cardinals win a slugfest over the Padres, 11-7!! :beer:

The Cards broke out the bats again scoring 11 runs for the third time in four games. This game broke out into a slugfest early because neither starter (Braden Looper, Greg Maddux) lasted long.

Buck was right. Looper was awful tonight (3+ IP, 6 R, 8 H, 0 BB, 2 K). The bullpen picked him up, though, allowing only one more run the rest of the way.

The Redbirds took a 2-0 lead in the first inning when Rick Ankiel singled to drive in Albert Pujols and Troy Glaus. After St. Louis took a 3-1 in the second inning, the Padres chased Looper by scoring twice in the third inning and three more times in the fouth inning to take a 6-3 lead (Jody Gerut's two run homer being the big blow).

The Cards tied the game up in the bottom of the fourth when Ryan Ludwick cracked a three run homer (22) off Greg Maddux (4 IP, 6 R, 1 BB, 4 K).

The Padres went back on top 7-6 on an RBI single by Brian Giles in the top of the sixth.

In the bottom of the seventh, Rick Ankiel had a great at ball fouling off several pitches. On the 12th pitch of that at bat, Ankiel blasted a solo homer (22) to tie the game back up.

The Cards went ahead for good in the eighth inning when Yadier Molina hit a bases loaded single to make it 9-7. Chris Duncan and Aaron Miles added RBI singles for the final Cardinal runs.

Great job by the bullpen. :thumb: Brad Thompson, Ron Villone, Russ Springer, Kyle McClellan, and Jason Isringhausen (I know, shocker) all contributed to this win by keeping the Padres' bats silent after the fourth inning.

So the Cards gain some more ground on the Cubs (who lost today). They are now three games behind them. The Cards go for the series win tomorrow.

Buckin' Bronco
07-19-2008, 04:01 PM
WTG Cards 6-5 over the padres, Thank you Albert Pujols!

GO CARDS!!!
(56-43):D

Ohio Broncos
07-19-2008, 04:51 PM
WTG Cards 6-5 over the padres, Thank you Albert Pujols!

GO CARDS!!!
(56-43):D

That was a great comeback by the Cards. They were down 5-0 after the second inning. Todd Wellemeyer was touched up in the first two innings, but righted the ship and didn't allow the Pads to score again. When it was all told, he pitched 6.1 innings, allowing five runs on five hits with three walks and two Ks.

The Cards finally got to Randy Wolf in the fifth inning. With the bases loaded, Albert Pujols hit a bases clearing double. Two batters later, Rick Ankiel singled home Pujols to cut the Padre lead to 5-4.

In the sixth inning, the Cardinals took the lead for good on an RBI grounder by Skip Schumaker and a run scoring single by Pujols.

Pujols was the offensive hero today going 3-4 with a double, a run scored and four RBIs.

The bullpen made it interesting again. In the seventh, Randy Flores came in with the bases empty and one out, but walked Jody Gerut after getting ahead 0-2. Russ Springer replaced him, but gave up two straight singles to load the bases.

Ron Villone came in, struck out Adrian Gonzalez (the Padres' big bat) and got Kevin Kouzmanoff to fly out to end the threat.

Ryan Franklin came in and pitched the final two innings for the save. That made a winner out of Wellemeyer, who improved his record to 8-4. That was his first win in about a month, but he earned it by pitching well after the rough start.

The Cards have won four in a row and are presently 2.5 games behind the Cubs (who are playing the Astros right now).

I'm getting greedy now. Let's go for the sweep tomorrow! :rockon:

Buckin' Bronco
07-19-2008, 06:37 PM
Cubs loose again 4-1 to Houston. The Cards are now only 2 GB of the cubs!:D

Buckin' Bronco
07-20-2008, 02:38 PM
Walk off Grand Salami by Miles, 9-5 win and a 4-0 series sweep!!!

WOW!!!:D

GO CARDS!!!
(57-43)

Ohio Broncos
07-20-2008, 05:18 PM
Walk off Grand Salami by Miles, 9-5 win and a 4-0 series sweep!!!

WOW!!!:D

GO CARDS!!!
(57-43)

Aaron Miles saved Izzy's bacon! The Cards rallied again to sweep the Pads.

Rookie Jaimie Garcia started to the Redbirds and had a decent start. The first inning was a little rough. Scott Hairston led off the game with a solo shot. Garcia then allowed a walk and a single before setting down the next 10 batters that he faced.

The Cards tied the score at one when Rick Ankiel cracked an RBI double in the bottom of the first.

The Padres took a 3-1 lead in the fifth when Cha Sueng Baek (the Padres' pitcher) launched a two run homer off Garcia. Garcia got out of that inning, but that was the end of his start (5 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 1 BB, 4 K). Not a bad outing for Garcia, but I'm sure he didn't want the opposing pitcher to go yard off him.

The Cards started their comeback in the seventh. Albert Pujols hit a sacrifice fly to cut the deficit to 3-2.

In the eighth, Troy Glaus cracked a three run homer (18) to give the Cardinals a 5-3 lead.

Jason Isringhausen came in for the save (duh, duh, duh :eek:). After getting the first out, Izzy allowed a single, a double, and another single that scored a run to make it 5-4. Mercifully, he was taken out.

Brad Thompson came in and gave up a double which tied the score. After intentionally walking the bases loaded, Thompson got a force out and a line out to end the threat.

In the bottom of the ninth, Miles hit a grand slam to make a winner out of the Cards.

The Cardinals matched their season best by winning their fifth straight game and they are now 14 games over .500 which is also their high water mark for the season.

The Cards stay two games behind the Cubs and will welcome in the Brewers for a big four game series.

Peerless
07-21-2008, 09:35 AM
Can't wait for the series.

Too bad we have Seth McClun starting the series off... :laugh:

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/preview?gameId=280721124


Good luck!

Go Brew Crew! :beer:

Ohio Broncos
07-21-2008, 11:40 AM
Can't wait for the series.

Too bad we have Seth McClun starting the series off... :laugh:

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/preview?gameId=280721124


Good luck!

Go Brew Crew! :beer:

Same to you. As long as one of us knocks off the Cubs, I'm happy with that. 100 years just has a nice ring to it. :D

McClung may be starting the series off, but Sabathia and Sheets are finishing it. If you guys win one of the first two games, that could put you in really good position to take the series.

Should be a great series.

Peerless
07-21-2008, 07:36 PM
Wohoo! :dance:

Cards had a little rally right there in the 9th... but the Brewers held strong and kept smacking the balls.

6-3!

1-0 in the series. :clap:

Ohio Broncos
07-21-2008, 08:22 PM
Cards fall to the Brewers in 10 innings, 6-3. :(

Things started off well for the Redbirds as they jumped out to a 2-0 lead when Troy Glaus smoked a double over Mike Cameron's head that drove in two.

Joel Pineiro pitched four scoreless innings but then ran into some trouble in the fifth. Pineiro gave up five hits in that inning, one of which was a moonshot by Rickie Weeks that damn near killed a family of four in Big Mac Land. His three run homer gave the Brewers a 3-2 lead. Pinero got hit around, but was okay other than the fifth inning (6 IP, 3 R, 10 H, 1 BB, 2 K).

The Brewers had some chances to add to their lead in the middle to late innings, but the Cardinal bullpen rose to the occasion.

The Cards rallied in the ninth inning when Yadier Molina lead off the inning with a ground rule double. Two batters later, Skip Schumaker hit a sacrifice fly to tie the game. Later in the inning, Albert had runners on first and third with a chance to win it for the Cardinals, but he flied out to send the game into extras.

In the 10th, the Brewers wasted no time getting back in front. Bill Hall led off the inning with a solo shot off Ryan Franklin. The Brewers added two more and there's your ballgame. Solomon Torres got the blown save and the win for the Brew Crew.

So the Cardinal's five game winning streak comes to an end. They drop into a second place tie with the Brewers as both teams are 2.5 games behind the Cubs (who are presently trailing the D-Backs, 1-0).

Let's hope Kyle Lohse comes up big for the Cards tomorrow (again).

Ohio Broncos
07-21-2008, 08:28 PM
Wohoo! :dance:

Cards had a little rally right there in the 9th... but the Brewers held strong and kept smacking the balls.

6-3!

1-0 in the series. :clap:

Honestly man, you couldn't come up with something better than "smacking the balls"? :laugh:

You guys deserved it today. The Brew Crew just plain outhit us.

I don't understand why Ryan Ludwick didn't play today. Tony's moves piss me off sometimes. We could've used an All Star bat. :duh:

Who's gonna close for you guys tomorrow (if it gets to that)? Torres went two innings today and closed yesterday against the Giants, so he wouldn't be available tomorrow, would he?

Buckin' Bronco
07-22-2008, 04:13 AM
Honestly man, you couldn't come up with something better than "smacking the balls"? :laugh:

You guys deserved it today. The Brew Crew just plain outhit us.

I don't understand why Ryan Ludwick didn't play today. Tony's moves piss me off sometimes. We could've used an All Star bat. :duh:

Who's gonna close for you guys tomorrow (if it gets to that)? Torres went two innings today and closed yesterday against the Giants, so he wouldn't be available tomorrow, would he?

Don't worry man, the Cards are a resilient team. They'll bounce back, just wait. I doubt if the Brew Crew can touch Wainright or Carpenter! JK:D

Peerless
07-22-2008, 05:16 AM
Who's gonna close for you guys tomorrow (if it gets to that)? Torres went two innings today and closed yesterday against the Giants, so he wouldn't be available tomorrow, would he?

My guess would be Brian Shouse....


Game 2:

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/preview?gameId=280722124

Suppan vs Lohse.


This could be ugly.. :laugh:

Ohio Broncos
07-22-2008, 08:33 AM
My guess would be Brian Shouse....


Game 2:

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/preview?gameId=280722124

Suppan vs Lohse.


This could be ugly.. :laugh:

I disagree. I remember Suppan having good starts against his former team. Until I looked up the stats, I didn't realize how good.

Suppan signed with you guys last year. Surprisingly, he only made two starts against us last year but both were really good.

Apr. 22, 2007: CG, 1 R, 8 H, 1 BB, 5 K

Sept. 25, 2007: 8 IP, 1 R, 9 H, 3 BB, 4 K

He made one start against us this year too. Guess how he did?

May 11, 2008: 7 IP, 1 R, 6 H, 5 BB, 4 K

His ERA against the Redbirds in his three starts is a very tidy 1.13. :eek:

Now granted, his home/road splits are pretty dramatic (he's worse on the road) and he was struggling before he was put on the DL. But he has owned the Cards when he pitches against them.

What I also found interesting is that Suppan didn't pitch in St. Louis for any of those games. So this will be his first start at Busch.

Hopefully Suppan will be rusty tonight. Given the heat, and the fact that Suppan is making his first start in a little while, the Cards may finally get to him. Having said that, I wouldn't be surprised if Suppan locks them up again.

History has proven that he's capable of that.

Peerless
07-22-2008, 08:34 AM
I disagree. I remember Suppan having good starts against his former team. Until I looked up the stats, I didn't realize how good.

Suppan signed with you guys last year. Surprisingly, he only made two starts against us last year but both were really good.

Apr. 22, 2007: CG, 1 R, 8 H, 1 BB, 5 K

Sept. 25, 2007: 8 IP,

Yeah, but he'll be a little rusty due to his time on the DL.

Ohio Broncos
07-22-2008, 09:00 AM
Yeah, but he'll be a little rusty due to his time on the DL.

I mentioned that in my previous post. I didn't realize I hit the submit button before I was done with my diatribe, so I did some serious editing. Take a gander at it, if you please. :)

Peerless
07-22-2008, 07:40 PM
:dance:

Woohoo! Billy Hall!! Thank you again!

3-2

Series: Crew 2-0

Buckin' Bronco
07-22-2008, 07:45 PM
:dance:

Woohoo! Billy Hall!! Thank you again!

3-2

Series: Crew 2-0

Brew Crew earned it tonight! Lohse was great, but the bullpen blew it again! Darn I'm ticked off, two heartbreaking nail biters in a row!:sad:

Ohio Broncos
07-22-2008, 08:16 PM
Cards lose another tough one to the Brewers, 4-3. :(

Things were going so well. The Cards had a 3-0 lead, Kyle Lohse was looking as good as he's looked all season, and in the course of three innings everything fell apart.

First the good. The Cards scored two runs in the first inning when Ryan Ludwick hit a 450 foot bomb (23) to left center and Rick Ankiel added an infield single that scored a run.

The lead became 3-0 when Yadier Molina cracked an RBI double that drove in Troy Glaus in the third inning.

The early offense looked to be more than enough for Kyle Lohse. He retired the first 12 batters he faced and had only allowed one hit through six innings.

But those damn Brewers finally broke through in the seventh. Prince Fielder hit an RBI single.

In the eighth, Rickie Weeks laced an RBI double and JJ Hardy singled in another run to tie the score (both RBIs came with two outs).

And then for the second straight day, Bill Hall hit a tie breaking solo homer that sealed the win for the Brew Crew.

Poor Kyle Lohse (8 IP, 3 R, 7 H, 0 BB, 7 K). He was left out there for way too long but what choice did Tony LaRussa have? The bullpen is not good. I can't blame LaRussa for leaving Lohse out there to get one more out.

Bad, bad loss. For the second straight game, the Cards grabbed an early lead only to see the Brewers storm back and snatch it way. With Sabathia and Sheets pitching the next two games, we are staring at a sweep square in the face.

I think I'll go to bed now. I'm way too depressed.

Ohio Broncos
07-23-2008, 07:59 PM
Brewers blank the Cards, 3-0. :(

CC Sabathia was filthy. He went the distance and only allowed three hits.

Seriously, there's nothing else to say. CC owns. Out.

Buckin' Bronco
07-23-2008, 08:24 PM
Brewers blank the Cards, 3-0. :(

CC Sabathia was filthy. He went the distance and only allowed three hits.

Seriously, there's nothing else to say. CC owns. Out.

Cards loose another! Man what a rough series.:coffee:

Peerless
07-24-2008, 05:16 AM
How about some RYAN BRAUUUUUUUN love? :dance:

Buckin' Bronco
07-24-2008, 03:22 PM
How about some RYAN BRAUUUUUUUN love? :dance:

Thanks but no thanks, I'm still a little pissed!

Peerless
07-25-2008, 07:18 AM
Bet your glad that series is over....

Damn.. 4-0 sweep on the road?

Ohio Broncos
07-25-2008, 06:41 PM
Bet your glad that series is over....

Damn.. 4-0 sweep on the road?

You bet your sweet ass I am.

Now git and take your red hot team with ya! ;)

Peerless
07-25-2008, 06:45 PM
You bet your sweet ass I am.

Now git and take your red hot team with ya! ;)

:laugh:


:wave:

Buckin' Bronco
07-25-2008, 06:50 PM
Cards have lost 5 straight!:sad: This stinks we're better than this! Come on Cards get it together already!

Ohio Broncos
07-25-2008, 07:21 PM
Cards have lost 5 straight!:sad: This stinks we're better than this! Come on Cards get it together already!

Mets take care of the Cardinals, 7-2.

The Cardinals continue to suffer through their worst stretch of the season. They were sluggish on all aspects of the game today.

Mitchell Boggs got called up recently and made another start. While he didn't do as horribly against the Mets this time compared to his last start against the Mets, he still wasn't good (4.1 IP, 6 R, 8 H, 4 BB, 1 K).

The Mets opened the scoring in the third inning when David Wright drove in a run with a double. In the fourth, the Mets added two more runs courtesy of Jose Reyes's two run triple.

The Mets scored three more times in the fifth. The big blow was a two run blast by Carlos Delgado.

With a 6-0 lead, Mike Pelfrey locked up the Cards (7 IP, 1 R, 7 H, 0 BB, 5 K) to earn his ninth win.

The Cards offense was lethargic. Everyone just looked a step slow today. Most notable was the struggles of Albert Pujols who was 0-4 with three strikeouts. He just didn't look comfortable at the plate today. I'm sure he'll snap out of his funk, though.

On the plus side, Rick Ankiel and Ryan Ludwick were 2-4. Aaron Miles was 2-3.

Troy Glaus singled in the sixth to drive in the first Cardinal run and the second was driven in by Ryan Ludwick who hit a sacrifice fly in the ninth. While the Cards managed to get 10 hits, they couldn't get enough clutch hits as 10 Cardinals were left on base.

So the longest losing streak by the Redbirds this season extends to five games. The Cards will get another crack at the Mets tomorrow.

saltybuggah
07-26-2008, 11:47 AM
i dont want to pack in this season just yet but the window is closing when we cant beat a divisional team in our own clubhouse....

with all this team had to endure i thinnk its finally catching up and taking its toll.... but lets not give up hope just yet.. after all nobody ever thought the cards would win the world series just a few years back....

work your magic once again tony, were all routing for ya :rockon:

Ohio Broncos
07-26-2008, 10:24 PM
Cardinals win a wild one over the Mets in 14 innings, 10-8!! :beer:

This game lasted over five hours and the Cardinals eventually wore down the Mets bullpen in this battle of attrition.

In the first, the Cardinals jumped on starter Brandon Knight with four runs. Rick Ankiel hit an RBI single, Troy Glaus walked with the bases loaded, Yadier Molina hit a sacrifice fly, and Aaron Miles added another RBI single.

The early offense was not enough for Joel Pineiro who allowed the Mets to get back in the game. After allowing two runs in the Mets' half of the first, he allowed two more in the third (one of which was a solo shot by Carlos Delgado) and then gave up a homer to Jose Reyes in the fourth to make it 5-4 in favor of the Mets.

Pineiro was shaky again today (4 IP, 5 R, 10 H, 1 BB, 2 K) and he didn't do anyone any favors by only going four innings. His spot in the rotation may be in jeopardy when Chris Carpenter and Adam Wainwright come back.

The Cards stormed back in the sixth with four more runs to take a 8-5 lead. Pujols, Glaus, and Molina hit RBI singles. Aaron Miles rapped an RBI double to cap the big inning.

The Redbirds could've scored more in that inning, but Tony LaRussa opted to have Jason Isringhausen bat for himself with runners on second and third with two out instead of bringing in a pinch hitter and maybe putting the game out of reach. Izzy struck out, and I was sure that that decision was gonna come back to bite the Cards in the ass.

The Mets came right back in the bottom of the sixth when Carlos Delgado blasted a two run shot (his second of the game) off Ron Villone.

The score remained 8-7 until the bottom of the ninth when former Cardinal Fernando Tatis hit a solo shot off Ryan Franklin to tie the game. In case you're scoring at home, that's another blown save by the bullpen, tops in the majors. I really hope those Brian Fuentes rumors are true.

So the game went into extra innings with the Mets getting the better chances to end the game, but the Cards pitchers kept pitching out of trouble. Ryan Franklin got a huge double play with runners on first and second with one out in the 10th. Kelvin Jimenez walked five in the two innings he pitched but was able to keep the Mets scoreless.

The Mets used every single pitcher in their bullpen. Aaron Heilman (the last Mets pitcher available) was forced to pitch after pitching the previous two games. He threw a scorless 12th and a scorless 13th. In the 14th inning, the Cardinals were finally able to get to him.

Skip Schumaker (who had a huge game) singled with one out. After Ludwick struck out, Pujols launched a two out homer to left field that gave the Cards the final runs they would need.

Brad Thompson pitched the second of his two perfect innings to seal the win for the Cards.

There were plenty of offensive studs:

Schumaker: 6-7 with three runs scored. He's the first Cardinal since 1935 to have six hits in a game. :salute:

Phat Albert: 5-8 with a homer (19), three runs scored and three RBIs

Ankiel: 3-7 with a double, a run scored and one RBI.

As a team, the Cards banged out 21 hits. Amazingly, the Cards only had three extra base hits.

Words cannot describe how huge this win was. The Cards trail the Cubs and Brewers by three games.

The Cards will try to get some rest and will be back at it later this afternoon. Good pitching matchup (Kyle Lohse vs. Johan Santana).

Buckin' Bronco
07-27-2008, 08:50 AM
Cardinals win a wild one over the Mets in 14 innings, 10-8!! :beer:

This game lasted over five hours and the Cardinals eventually wore down the Mets bullpen in this battle of attrition.

In the first, the Cardinals jumped on starter Brandon Knight with four runs. Rick Ankiel hit an RBI single, Troy Glaus walked with the bases loaded, Yadier Molina hit a sacrifice fly, and Aaron Miles added another RBI single.

The early offense was not enough for Joel Pineiro who allowed the Mets to get back in the game. After allowing two runs in the Mets' half of the first, he allowed two more in the third (one of which was a solo shot by Carlos Delgado) and then gave up a homer to Jose Reyes in the fourth to make it 5-4 in favor of the Mets.

Pineiro was shaky again today (4 IP, 5 R, 10 H, 1 BB, 2 K) and he didn't do anyone any favors by only going four innings. His spot in the rotation may be in jeopardy when Chris Carpenter and Adam Wainwright come back.

The Cards stormed back in the sixth with four more runs to take a 8-5 lead. Pujols, Glaus, and Molina hit RBI singles. Aaron Miles rapped an RBI double to cap the big inning.

The Redbirds could've scored more in that inning, but Tony LaRussa opted to have Jason Isringhausen bat for himself with runners on second and third with two out instead of bringing in a pinch hitter and maybe putting the game out of reach. Izzy struck out, and I was sure that that decision was gonna come back to bite the Cards in the ass.

The Mets came right back in the bottom of the sixth when Carlos Delgado blasted a two run shot (his second of the game) off Ron Villone.

The score remained 8-7 until the bottom of the ninth when former Cardinal Fernando Tatis hit a solo shot off Ryan Franklin to tie the game. In case you're scoring at home, that's another blown save by the bullpen, tops in the majors. I really hope those Brian Fuentes rumors are true.

So the game went into extra innings with the Mets getting the better chances to end the game, but the Cards pitchers kept pitching out of trouble. Ryan Franklin got a huge double play with runners on first and second with one out in the 10th. Kelvin Jimenez walked five in the two innings he pitched but was able to keep the Mets scoreless.

The Mets used every single pitcher in their bullpen. Aaron Heilman (the last Mets pitcher available) was forced to pitch after pitching the previous two games. He threw a scorless 12th and a scorless 13th. In the 14th inning, the Cardinals were finally able to get to him.

Skip Schumaker (who had a huge game) singled with one out. After Ludwick struck out, Pujols launched a two out homer to left field that gave the Cards the final runs they would need.

Brad Thompson pitched the second of his two perfect innings to seal the win for the Cards.

There were plenty of offensive studs:

Schumaker: 6-7 with three runs scored. He's the first Cardinal since 1935 to have six hits in a game. :salute:

Phat Albert: 5-8 with a homer (19), three runs scored and three RBIs

Ankiel: 3-7 with a double, a run scored and one RBI.

As a team, the Cards banged out 21 hits. Amazingly, the Cards only had three extra base hits.

Words cannot describe how huge this win was. The Cards trail the Cubs and Brewers by three games.

The Cards will try to get some rest and will be back at it later this afternoon. Good pitching matchup (Kyle Lohse vs. Johan Santana).

WOW! What a game, hopefully the Cards can continue to build momentum and catch the brew crew.

GO CARDS!!!

Ohio Broncos
07-27-2008, 01:07 PM
Mets smoke the Cardinals, 9-1.

In a way, I guess you could've seen this one coming. After playing a physically and emotinally exhausting game less than 12 hours ago, the Cards had to contend with Johan Santana.

Santana was his usual spectacular self. He pitched a complete game allowing only six hits.

Kyle Lohse got pounded today (5+ IP, 7 R, 11 H, 1 BB, 2 K). He also gave up three home runs today which is very unusual for him.

The Mets scored twice in the third inning, once in the fifth, five times in the sixth, and one more time in the seventh.

The Cards' only run came in the seventh inning when Albert Pujols hit a homer (20) for the second straight day.

The Cardinals worst stretch of the season continues as they have lost six out of their last seven. They now head to Atlanta for a four game set against the Braves.

Ohio Broncos
07-28-2008, 07:30 PM
Cardinals pound the Braves, 12-3!! :beer:

The Redbirds used a lot of early offense to take control of the game.

Joe Mather put the Cards ahead 2-0 when he blasted a two run homer (3) in the second inning. This was just the beginning of Mather's best day in the majors.

The Cardinals scored four more runs in the third. The big blow occurred with runners on first and third. Yadier Molina cracked a double into deep center field. The two runners scored, but he relay throw to home was airmailed and the ball bounced off the backstop and towards the dugout on the first base side. Molina advanced to third, rounded third and beat the tag at home to make the score 6-0.

The lead grew to 8-0 in the fourth when Albert Pujols hit a sacrifice fly and Ryan Ludwick added an RBI single.

In the fifth, Cesar Izturis got into the act with an RBI single to make the score 9-0.

All of those runs made a winner out of Braden Looper. Looper was solid (7 IP, 2 R, 7 H, 0 BB, 4 K) and earned the win to improve his record to 10-8.

Pujols lashed a two run double and Ludwick singled to drive in another run in the eighth inning for the Cards' final runs.

Mather: 3-5 HR, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI

Pujols: 1-2, 2 BB, 2B, 2 R, 3 RBI

Molina: 2-5, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI

Ludwick: 3-5, 2 RBI

Depending on what happens in the Cubs-Brewers game, the Cards will either gain a game in the NL Central race or the Wild Card race.

The Cards will try to win two in a row for the first time in a week tomorrow as the series against the Braves continues.

Buckin' Bronco
07-29-2008, 05:48 AM
Solid effort by the Cards, great win!

GO CARDS!!!

Ohio Broncos
07-29-2008, 08:17 AM
In case anyone hasn't heard, Chris Carpenter felt fine after his rehab start in Memphis last Friday and is on target to take the mound Wednesday vs. the Braves.

http://stlouis.cardinals.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20080726&content_id=3200213&vkey=news_stl&fext=.jsp&c_id=stl

How good is that news? :rockon:

Ohio Broncos
07-29-2008, 08:25 AM
Adam Wainwright will throw a bullpen session today. If all goes well, he'll start his rehab assignment.

It's unclear when Wainwright will return, but it could be as soon as 10 days.

http://stlouis.cardinals.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20080728&content_id=3215969&vkey=news_stl&fext=.jsp&c_id=stl

What's also interesting is that the club is being secretive on whether he'll come back as a starter or a reliever. Given that Izzy is the closer again, I'm guessing starter. I think Wainwright would be more helpful to the team as a starter, but we'll see how it plays out.

Buckin' Bronco
07-29-2008, 07:52 PM
In case anyone hasn't heard, Chris Carpenter felt fine after his rehab start in Memphis last Friday and is on target to take the mound Wednesday vs. the Braves.

http://stlouis.cardinals.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20080726&content_id=3200213&vkey=news_stl&fext=.jsp&c_id=stl

How good is that news? :rockon:

This is absolutely awesome news, carpenter should help the cards big!:salute:

Ohio Broncos
07-29-2008, 07:55 PM
Cardinals beat the Braves, 8-3!! :D

Albert Pujols was very instrumental in the Cards scoring the tying and go ahead runs to overcome the Braves.

The Cardinals struck first in the second inning when Brendan Ryan hit a pop fly down the right field line that landed in the Bermuda Triangle for a double. The ball skipped away from right fielder Jeff Francoeur and Yadier Molina was able to score all the way from first on the play.

The Braves came right back with two runs on their half of the second inning off Cardinals starter Todd Wellemeyer.

Other than the second inning, Wellemeyer held the Braves in check. He wasn't sharp and you had to think he benefited facing a Braves lineup without a lot of their big bats (Chipper Jones, Brian McCann, and Mark Texiera, who got traded). He had runners on for his whole start, but he minimized the damage (6 IP, 2 R, 8 H, 1 BB, 5 K).

The Braves led 2-1 and held that lead until the sixth inning when Pujols blasted his third homer in four games. The solo shot tied the game at two. It's great to see him get that power stroke back. The Cards are a really dangerous team when Phat Albert is hitting.

In the eighth inning, Pujols led off the inning with a double. With Troy Glaus at the plate, Albert stole third base. The throw from the catcher went into left field and Pujols raced home with the go ahead run.

Ryan Franklin pitched two tough innings in relief. He had some trouble (particularly in the eighth inning) but he held the Braves scoreless.

The Cards broke the game open in the ninth scoring five runs (although only one was earned). A couple of defensive miscues by the Braves helped the Cards immensely. Molina provided a two run single that played a big part in the Cardinals' big inning.

Pujols: 2-4, HR (21), 2B, BB, SB, 3 R, RBI

Molina: 3-5, 1 R, 2 RBI

Ryan: 2-5, 2B, R, RBI

The Cards have won two in a row and gain another game on the Brewers who lost again to the Cubs today. They trail the Cubs by four games in the NL Central and the Brewers by one game in the Wild Card.

Chris Carpenter will take the mound tomorrow in his first start since April 2007. It'll be good to see Carp back. :rockon:

Buckin' Bronco
07-29-2008, 07:56 PM
Adam Wainwright will throw a bullpen session today. If all goes well, he'll start his rehab assignment.

It's unclear when Wainwright will return, but it could be as soon as 10 days.

http://stlouis.cardinals.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20080728&content_id=3215969&vkey=news_stl&fext=.jsp&c_id=stl

What's also interesting is that the club is being secretive on whether he'll come back as a starter or a reliever. Given that Izzy is the closer again, I'm guessing starter. I think Wainwright would be more helpful to the team as a starter, but we'll see how it plays out.

Lohse, Carpenter, Wainright! Wow what a starting trio!

Cards win again vs. ATL!

GO CARDS!!!

Ohio Broncos
07-30-2008, 05:57 AM
It looks like Adam Wainwright's rehab start is getting pushed back a bit. He felt fine after throwing the bullpen session on Tuesday, but his command wasn't as sharp as he wanted it.

He'll throw another bullpen session on Thursday, and then he'll be evaluated again.

http://stlouis.cardinals.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20080729&content_id=3219285&vkey=news_stl&fext=.jsp&c_id=stl

Buckin' Bronco
07-30-2008, 07:58 PM
Carpenter was solid today!

Cards win 7-2 vs. ATL. (3-0)

GO CARDS!!!

Take it away Ohio!:D

Ohio Broncos
07-30-2008, 08:06 PM
Cards win again, 7-2!! :rockon:

Chris Carpenter looked good in his limited start, and the Cardinals used some late offense to pull away from the Braves.

The Braves scored first in the second inning when they hit three consecutive singles to plate their first run.

Chris Carpenter only pitched four innings, but he battled through every last pitch. His command was iffy, but none of the Braves hit the ball hard against him. He showed a great changeup in the first inning, and his curveball wasn't really snapping until the fourth inning. His fourth inning was the best as he struck out the first two batters and then got the third batter to ground out.

Carp had a very positive outing (4 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 2 BB, 2 K), and he should only look better in his next start. Damn, it was good to see him on the mound again.

The Cards finally got on the board against Jair Jurrjens (who was throwing up a lot of zeroes) in the fifth inning. Cesar Izturis tied the game with a run scoring single and Adam Kennedy put the Cards ahead with an RBI double.

The Braves came back in the fifth and tied the game at two when Brad Thompson gave up an RBI single to Omar Infante.

And then just like yesterday, the Cards poured it on in the late innings to put this one out of reach. In the seventh, Albert Pujols laced a double to drive in a run to make it 3-2.

In the eighth, Joe Mather homered for the second time in the series (a two run shot) to stretch the lead to 5-2.

The Redbirds added two more runs in the ninth when Ryan Ludwick and Troy Glaus hit consecutive RBI singles.

Pujols: 1-3, 2B, 2 BB, game winning RBI (65)

Mather: 2-5, HR (4), 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI

Kennedy: 2-5, 2B, 2 R, RBI

Ludwick: 2-4, BB, RBI (73)

Glaus: 1-5, RBI (72)

So the Cards have won three games in a row and will probably be tied for the Wild Card for the Brewers (the Cubs are beating them again today) and stay four games behind the Cubs. The Cards go for the sweep tomorrow.

Sunbiz1
07-30-2008, 08:11 PM
Will be lucky to make a WC this year. Nice job by TL, but it's not going to be enough this year to compete.

Buckin' Bronco
07-31-2008, 10:49 AM
Will be lucky to make a WC this year. Nice job by TL, but it's not going to be enough this year to compete.

Why do you think that? I could be wrong but I think the cards are pretty close to a WC spot right now.

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/standings?date=20080731&type=wild&br=5&year=2008&order=false&st=2

The Brewers are tough with Sheets and Sabathia but they can be beaten along with the Cubs! I wouldn't count the cards out just yet! (nice pun huh). LOL!

Ohio Broncos
07-31-2008, 07:31 PM
Braves take care of the Cardinals, 9-4.

The Braves rallied from an early deficit to beat the Cards and avoid the sweep.

The Cards took the lead in the very first inning off starter Mike Hampton. Albert Pujols drove in two runs with a double to give the Cards a 2-0 lead. They could've had more, but Jason LaRue grounded into a double play with the bases loaded with one out.

Joel Piniero toed the rubber today and again he was given an early lead that he let get away. The Bravos tied the game up in the bottom of the second with a homer by Omar Infante and an RBI double by Mike Hampton.

In some sick twist of fate, Pineiro helped himself out with an RBI double in the fourth inning to give the Cards a 3-2 lead but then gave that lead right back later that inning when he gave up two more runs.

With the Braves leading 4-3, the Cards tied it up in the fifth when Ryan Ludwick hit a run scoring single.

The Braves then took the lead for good in the sixth when Clint Sammons deposited a hanging breaking ball in the seats for a two run homer. Piniero gave up that homer and while he got out of that inning without any further damage, he was not good again (6 IP, 6 R, 10 H, 2 K).

The Braves added on three more runs, and they had their first win in this series.

The Cards fall back to five games behind the Cubs. They head back home for a weekend series against the Phillies.

Ohio Broncos
08-01-2008, 10:17 AM
Adam Wainwright felt a lot better after his bullpen session yesterday. He still hasn't thrown the 12-6 curveball yet, but he plans on throwing in another bullpen session on Saturday.

http://stlouis.cardinals.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20080731&content_id=3232019&vkey=news_stl&fext=.jsp&c_id=stl

So there's still no timetable on when he'll actually return, but he's feeling better and we'll definitely know more on Saturday.

Sunbiz1
08-01-2008, 11:57 AM
That the Cards are overachieving this year. LaRussa's coaching abilities and scrappy defense are keeping the Cards in contention. I have to give them credit though, they're still in the hunt for that WC spot. Now that we have dispatched with the Brewers, the Cards are a priority for us. I just checked, the Cards are a few measly percentage points behind the Brewers for the NL WC.

I notice a lot of baseball threads here, am I the only one that got tired of those MLB.com MB's?. After the Cubs signed ***udome last Winter, I changed my SN from Sunbiz to ***udomods. They IP banned me for that one! No biggie, after 3 years I was tired of the trolls etc.:rockon:



Why do you think that? I could be wrong but I think the cards are pretty close to a WC spot right now.

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/standings?date=20080731&type=wild&br=5&year=2008&order=false&st=2

The Brewers are tough with Sheets and Sabathia but they can be beaten along with the Cubs! I wouldn't count the cards out just yet! (nice pun huh). LOL!

Ohio Broncos
08-01-2008, 08:31 PM
Cardinals get by the Phillies, 6-3! :beer:

Joe Mather and Ryan Ludwick played a huge part in contributing to the Cards win as they beat Cole Hamels for the second time this year.

The Cards opened the scoring in the third inning with four runs. Mather cracked a three run homer to get the Cards on the board and Yadier Molina added a sacrifice fly.

The Redbirds added another run in the bottom of the fifth when Ludwick hit a solo shot to make it 5-0 in favor of St. Louis.

Kyle Lohse had a bumpy first inning, but ended up pitching out of trouble in that inning. He ended up not giving up a hit until the fifth when Hamels singled off him with two out.

The Phillies eventually touched up Lohse in the sixth inning when Shane Victorino and Chase Utley hit back to back doubles to plate the first run. A couple batters later, Pat Burrell got a hold of a hanging slider from Lohse and hit it out for a two run homer to cut the Cards lead to 5-3.

After the Geoff Jenkins hit another double, Lohse was done. He was good through five innings, but that rough sixth did him in (5.1 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 3 BB, 6 K). It was the right move to take him out too because he got hit hard in the sixth.

Russ Springer came in and got two huge outs to get out of the sixth inning. :rockon: The man has been solid for most of this year.

In the eighth inning, Ludwick hit a laser into the left field seats for his second homer of the game to make the score 6-3. Where would the Cards be this year without him? I cringe at the thought.

Izzy came in, made things interesting, but got the final four outs for his 12th save of the season. I really hope he can pull it together for the final two months of the season.

Ludwick: 4-4, 2 HR (24, 25), 3 R, 2 RBI (76) :clap:

Mather: 2-4, HR (5), R, 3 RBI :clap:

The Cardinals gain a game on the Cubs and are now four games back. The series resumes tomorrow night.

Ohio Broncos
08-02-2008, 07:39 PM
Phillies nip the Cardinals, 2-1.

Braden Looper pitched really well (7 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 2 BB, 4 K) but two mistakes did him in. 1) a solo homer by Greg Dobbs in the third and 2) a solo bomb hit by Ryan Howard (his third this year off Looper) in the fourth. Other than those two mistakes, Loop was great.

In the meantime, the Cards' weren't getting anything going on offense. They hit a lot of balls hard but they were "atom" balls.

Ryan Ludwick got the Redbirds on the board in the seventh when he lauched a solo shot into Big Mac Land (26).

The Cards threatened in the seventh, eighth, and the ninth but good pitching and quesitonable moves by Tony LaRussa (letting Ceasar Izturis pinch hit for Skip Schumaker, pinch hitting strikeout prone Rick Ankiel for contact hitter Yadier Molina) kept the Cards from tying it up.

Too bad, the Cards wasted a great pitching effort against a great hitting team. The Cardinals drop into third place in the NL Central, five games behind the Cubs and a game behind the Brewers. The series concludes tomorrow night.

Sunbiz1
08-03-2008, 05:58 PM
Posting articles on the Cards here?.

Ohio Broncos
08-03-2008, 08:36 PM
Phillies edge the Cardinals, 5-4.

The Cardinals wasted another great starting effort (Todd Wellemeyer) and dropped another close game to the Phillies.

Ryan Ludwick played a large part in the Cards taking a 2-0 lead. He doubled and scored on a Troy Glaus single in the second. In the fourth, Ludwick blasted his fourth homer (27) in three games to lead off the inning.

Wellemeyer pitched great and only allowed one mistake which was a solo shot by Chase Utley in the sixth. Other than that, Wellemeyer was as good as he has been in a while (6 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 1 BB, 3 K).

The Phils took the lead for good in the eighth when they scored four runs to take a 5-2 lead. The big blow was a pinch hit, three run homer by Shane Victorino off Russ Springer. That's another loss to the bullpen, just in case you're keeping track.

The Redbirds rallied with one run in the bottom of the eighth. They threatened to get more, but Ludwick grounded into a douple play with the bases loaded and one out. Oh well, that's baseball sometimes.

In the ninth, Troy Glaus led off the inning with a solo bomb off (19) closer Brad Lidge. The Cards managed to get the bases loaded again with one out, but then Lidge struck out Nick Stavinoha and Joe Mather to end the game. That was a little bad luck that the Cards had two rookies trying to hit Brad Lidge with the game on the line. They were clearly overmatched.

The Cardinals now trail the Cubs by six games which is the largest deficit this season for them. They also trail the Brewers by one game in the Wild Card. The Cards get a day off tomorrow and then will host the Dodgers for a three game set.

saltybuggah
08-04-2008, 07:43 AM
boy oh boy does it suck that the cards cant finish these games out strong

the team needs to get some help in the 6-7-8th innings.. the pitching was horrible last night and its just painful to watch knowing that your mid relief pitchers can blow the game at any time...

livin in pa and hearing the phillies fans doesnt help matters....

one can just hope that we catch a lil lightning in a bottle and start playing a lil better down the stretch

Ohio Broncos
08-04-2008, 08:17 AM
boy oh boy does it suck that the cards cant finish these games out strong

the team needs to get some help in the 6-7-8th innings.. the pitching was horrible last night and its just painful to watch knowing that your mid relief pitchers can blow the game at any time...

livin in pa and hearing the phillies fans doesnt help matters....

one can just hope that we catch a lil lightning in a bottle and start playing a lil better down the stretch

What sucked about yesterday was that the culprit was Springer who has been our most consistent reliever this year. Yesterday, you could clearly see that he didn't have it and the Phils were getting some really good swings on him.

The team's needs have been apparent for months now, but ownership has done nothing about it. The trading deadline has come and gone so there's no help in sight. I swear I need Tums every time the bullpen comes in.

I think this week is critical. If we can't make up ground on the Cubs this weekend, then it looks like the Wild Card will be the only way the Cards can make the postseason.

Hopefully with Carp back and Wainwright just around the corner, that will stabilize the bullpen. I'm afraid that's our only hope.

saltybuggah
08-04-2008, 08:30 AM
What sucked about yesterday was that the culprit was Springer who has been our most consistent reliever this year. Yesterday, you could clearly see that he didn't have it and the Phils were getting some really good swings on him.

The team's needs have been apparent for months now, but ownership has done nothing about it. The trading deadline has come and gone so there's no help in sight. I swear I need Tums every time the bullpen comes in.

I think this week is critical. If we can't make up ground on the Cubs this weekend, then it looks like the Wild Card will be the only way the Cards can make the postseason.

Hopefully with Carp back and Wainwright just around the corner, that will stabilize the bullpen. I'm afraid that's our only hope.
yeah springer looked horrible last night but hopefully he can bounce back



imo ownership didnt want to trade anybody because they knew all teh help that was on the way.... the future is looking bright so long as we can stay healthy in the bullpen....

i figured all along that the wild card spot was the only chance we were going to get into the race. it seems this team does well when they are the wild card. :rockon:

i just hope they dont bring them back too early and have them hurt themselves again

Sunbiz1
08-04-2008, 12:45 PM
6 games out and still looking up at the Cubs!:rockon:

saltybuggah
08-04-2008, 01:02 PM
6 games out and still looking up at the Cubs!:rockon:


wow


ya got us there





















100 years and counting and still no world series ring :rockon:

id rather take the gold every 20 years or so then win the division this year :P

Sunbiz1
08-04-2008, 01:31 PM
Rival fans have no better retort than the 100 year blah blah. Spare me, I hear the same gibberish from White Sox fans.

The Cards will not win the WC this year. LaRussa will keep them in the hunt, but there just is not enough talent on that team to pull it out in a very competitive division.:beer:



wow


ya got us there





















100 years and counting and still no world series ring :rockon:

id rather take the gold every 20 years or so then win the division this year :P

Buckin' Bronco
08-04-2008, 01:55 PM
Rival fans have no better retort than the 100 year blah blah. Spare me, I hear the same gibberish from White Sox fans.

The Cards will not win the WC this year. LaRussa will keep them in the hunt, but there just is not enough talent on that team to pull it out in a very competitive division.:beer:

Think again buddy! The fat lady is still eatin'! :laugh:

Sunbiz1
08-04-2008, 02:04 PM
The Cards are almost as scrappy as the Twins!...every out against the Cards is a challenge.:D



Think again buddy! The fat lady is still eatin'! :laugh:

saltybuggah
08-04-2008, 02:59 PM
Rival fans have no better retort than the 100 year blah blah. Spare me, I hear the same gibberish from White Sox fans.

The Cards will not win the WC this year. LaRussa will keep them in the hunt, but there just is not enough talent on that team to pull it out in a very competitive division.:beer:

rival fans :confused: i dont see any real rivalry going on with a team that cant win it all ;)

cubs fans should be thanking the rest of the league for allowing them to continue to have a team that has such a long history of losing :smug: your as bad as a chargers fan in football talking about what a winning season is all about :laugh:

but please continue knocking on the cards, well keep collecting the rings while the cubs only dream of getting a glimps of the trophy

Ohio Broncos
08-05-2008, 10:21 PM
Cardinals win in walk off fashion over the Dodgers in 11 innings, 6-4!!! :beer:

This was WAY harder than it should have been. The Cards had a 4-0 lead in the ninth inning, but the bullpen (thanks mostly to Izzy) gave the lead right back. Thank you Ryan Ludwick. :salute:

The game was a pitching duel early between Chris Carpenter and Chad Billiningsley as both threw up zeroes for the first four innings. After a short rain delay, Adam Kennedy singled in the first run in the fifth inning to make it 1-0. After the inning, there was another rain delay, so Carpenter's day was done.

The lead became 2-0 in the sixth when pinch hitter Rick Ankiel got hit by an 0-2 pitch with the bases loaded.

Albert Pujols doubled that lead in the seventh when he blasted a two run shot into the seats in left center field.

You would figure that a 4-0 lead would be good enough going into the ninth. Too bad us Cardinals fans have been proven wrong time and time again.

Ron Villone started the ninth and promptly gave up a homer to Andruw Jones. There would be no shame in that....if this was last year. Jones is only hitting a paltry .165 on the season. That was only his third homer of the season.

So Villone got pulled and in came Izzy and that's when all the fun began. :rolleyes: So here's what happened in sequence: ground out, single, single (a dribbler down the line that Izzy couldn't field), intenational walk (to Manny), single (which scored a run).

Mercifully, Tony LaRussa pulled Izzy, but in came Franklin. He was credited with a blown save, but he minimized the damage with the bases loaded with one out. He allowed a sacrifice fly which tied the game and then got the last out to get out of the inning.

The score remained tied at four thanks to some great pitching by Ryan Franklin (10th) and Jaimie Garcia (11th).

And then with a runner on in the 11th inning, Ryan Ludwick sent Cardinal Nation home happy by launching a two run shot over the center field wall.

Carp: 5 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 BB, 2 K (should've gotten the win but...you know what happened)

Pujols: 2-5 HR (22), R, BB, 2 RBI (69)

Kennedy: 3-6 2 R, RBI

Ludwick: 1-6 GW HR (28), R, 2 RBI (80)

The Cards dodged a bullet today, but the million dollar question remains the same. Who closes games now for the Redbirds? Your guess is as good as mine because I have no idea. That remains an Achillies heel for the Cards. You sure as hell don't ever let Izzy close again. Ever. He had his last chance.

The Cardinals' win keeps them in pace with the Cubs and Brewers, who both won today. The Cards trail the Cubs by 5.5 games in the NL Central and trail the Brewers by half a game in the Wild Card.

Same two teams tomorrow.

Peerless
08-05-2008, 10:23 PM
Damn... ;)

Ohio Broncos
08-05-2008, 11:20 PM
Damn... ;)

Yeah, sorry about that. I know you must've been disappointed.

Imagine my disappointment when Fielder didn't put Parra in a hospital. ;)

Ohio Broncos
08-06-2008, 10:11 AM
Adam Wainwright threw a couple of simulated innings yesterday to Nick Stavinoha and Rick Ankiel. He struggled with his control a bit (Ankiel hit a moonshot off him), but he said that his arm feels fine.

The next step is for Wainwright to start his rehab. He'll pitch for AAA Memphis on Saturday. No one really knows how many rehab starts Adam will need, but his return should be just around the corner.

http://stlouis.cardinals.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20080805&content_id=3258638&vkey=news_stl&fext=.jsp&c_id=stl

Ohio Broncos
08-06-2008, 08:54 PM
Cardinals outlast the Dodgers, 9-6!! :D

The Cardinals took a big lead and held on as the bullpen made things dramatic but righted the ship and eventually secured the win.

The Redbirds scored first when Adam Kennedy scored off a wild pitch by Derek Lowe.

The Dodgers came right back with two runs in the second inning when Manny Ramirez went opposite field for his third homer with the Dodgers and Angel Berroa hit an RBI triple. Both runs came off starter Joel Pineiro who has made a habit out of not being able to hold Cardinal leads.

Manny singled in another run in the third to make the score 3-1. In the bottom of that inning, Ryan Ludwick and Yadier Molina each rapped an RBI single to tie the score.

The Cardinals took the lead for good in the fifth. The Cardinals loaded the bases and then Albert Pujols blasted a grand slam into the Dodgers bullpen. Ludwick followed with a solo shot of his own and the Cards led 8-3.

Piniero was finally able to let this lead stick. After giving up a leadoff double in the fourth, he set down 10 Dodgers in a row and settled down. He ended up pitching okay, but I don't know if it'll be good enough to keep his spot in the rotation when Adam Wainwright comes back (7 IP, 4 R, 8 H, 0 BB, 2 K).

With the score 9-4 in the top of the eighth, Brad Thompson came in and was not good in the third of an inning he pitched (0.1 IP, 2 R, 3 H). Chris Perez (who just got called up today) got the final five outs to earn his first major league save.

Could Perez be the closer that the Cards need? At least for one night, the answer is yes.

Kennedy: 2-5, 2 R

Ludwick: 3-5, HR (29), 2 R, 2 RBI (82) Fifth straight game with a homer! :clap:

Pujols: 4-4, 2B, GS (22), 2 R, BB, 4 RBI (73) :rockon:

The Cards stay 5.5 games behind the Cubs and half a game behind the Brewers. The Cards will go for the sweep tomorrow.

Ohio Broncos
08-06-2008, 09:18 PM
Cardinals sign Felipe Lopez. To make room, Brendan Ryan was optioned to AAA Memphis.

http://stlouis.cardinals.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20080806&content_id=3261749&vkey=news_stl&fext=.jsp&c_id=stl

Also, Chris Perez got called up today. Nick Stavinoha got sent down to AAA.

Ohio Broncos
08-07-2008, 03:04 PM
Dodgers beat the Cards, 4-1.

Clayon Kershaw (the Dodgers starter) was excellent (7 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 4 BB, 7 K). He puzzled Cardinal bats all day only allowing an RBI single to Cesar Izturis.

Kyle Lohse was okay (7 IP, 4 R, 7 H, 1 BB, 5 K), but the Dodgers came up with some clutch hitting. In the first, James Loney hit an RBI single. In the third, Manny Ramirez blasted a two run homer. In the fourth, Juan Pierre lashed an RBI triple.

The Cards only managed four hits, as they were quiet most of the day. In the ninth the Cards had runners on first and third with one out, but Rick Ankiel and Skip Schumaker both struck out to end the game.

The Redbirds fall to six games behind of the Cubs and a full game behind the Brewers. The Cards will now embark on a 10 game roadie starting off with a critical three game series against the Cubs.

Sunbiz1
08-07-2008, 04:49 PM
tomorrow...should be a great series!

GO CUBS!!

Peerless
08-07-2008, 06:30 PM
tomorrow...should be a great series!

GO CUBS!!

Go Cards!

Let the Cubs lose, Brewers win, and Cards be a little behind the Crew. :laugh:

Sunbiz1
08-08-2008, 09:16 AM
Cubs know Cardinals series is important
Strong Cubs showing could help break open division race

By Dave van Dyck | Chicago Tribune reporter
10:17 PM CDT, August 7, 2008

Before they traveled to Milwaukee for a four-game series late last month, the Cubs tried to downplay the significance of a series at the end of July, even with National League Central supremacy at stake.

That, of course, was before they swatted away the Brewers like some bothersome pest, returning home with a lead that swelled from one game to five after a sweep.

Important? You better believe it was. It not only left the Brewers reeling, but it restored that "Cubbie Swagger," as Lou Piniella has labeled it.

So how important is this weekend's three-game series against the Cardinals, who are making the first visit to Wrigley Field this season only six games behind the Cubs in third place?

"It's a series that could really put them in a bind," Mark DeRosa said.

On the other hand, the Cubs could find themselves bunched back up with the Cardinals and Brewers, making the final 12 days of the season—when they play the Cardinals three times and the Brewers six (including the last three in Milwaukee)—the most important.

"People say this is July or August, that it's not the end of the year, that this isn't that big of a series, but really it is," Ryan Dempster said. "They're always big when you play in your own division and especially against a team that's chasing you in standings.

"Why do those games mean any less than any other games? You ultimately want to win as many games as possible."

So this weekend's games against the Cardinals count the same as the games at the end of September.

"Maybe those three games [in Milwaukee] at the end of the year we'll be playing for the playoffs," Dempster said. "We don't know what the future holds, but I know that those four games we played against them are really, really going to help when it comes down to the end of the year in the standings, whatever side you're on.

"The numbers don't lie. That's just the way it is."

Dempster is scheduled to pitch the third game against the Cardinals on Sunday night, following Ted Lilly and Carlos Zambrano, same as for the first three Milwaukee games.

In the series up north, Lilly allowed three runs in six innings, Zambrano no runs in eight and Dempster one run in seven.

Lilly was asked if the Cardinals were perhaps the sleeper in the division, staying close through more than 100 games before finally returning to health—former Cy Young winner Chris Carpenter makes only his second start of the year Sunday.

"Maybe we're the sleeping giant," Lilly said. "We're getting healthy too. St. Louis certainly has a good ballclub and so do we and we're getting Kerry [Wood] back and [ Alfonso] Soriano is swinging the bat better and you can see how dangerous he is."

Any games against the Cardinals, whether played in St. Louis or Chicago, take on extra meaning because of the storied rivalry.

"They are a little more intense than usual and I think we feed off that," Lilly said. "Everyone understands that these are important games for us, but if we win the series or lose the series, we still have work to do.

"We can't clinch anything against St. Louis, but we understand the importance of this. My mind-set is the biggest game you have is the next one and that it's the most important of the year."

The Cardinals are 3-3 against the Cubs this season, all the games played at Busch Stadium. And although the Cubs have the best home record in the National League (43-16), the Cards have one of the best road records (31-25).

"You need to rack up wins," Derrek Lee said. "Milwaukee and St. Louis aren't going anywhere, so it's kind of a race to see who can get as many wins as they can."

dvandyck@tribune.com

Sunbiz1
08-08-2008, 02:40 PM
7 games back...cubs W 3-2 today at Wrigley.

Ohio Broncos
08-08-2008, 04:34 PM
Cardinals drop a tough one to the Cubs in 11 innings, 3-2.

Missed opportunities was the theme for the Cards today as they had two runners cut down at home. The pitching was good for the Cards, but they couldn't come up with that key hit that would have put them in the driver's seat.

I officially hate Jim Edmonds. His homer in the second put the Cubs on the board, and his second homer of the game tied the game at two in the seventh.

Those two homers were the only mistakes that Braden Looper made in a very good start. He ended up with a no decision, but he pitched very well sitting down 9 in a row at one point (7 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 1 BB, 3 K).

The Cards tied the score at one on a solo shot by Joe Mather in the third and took a 2-1 lead in the sixth on an RBI grounder by Adam Kennedy. The Cards loaded the bases in the sixth with only one out with Troy Glaus up. Glaus lifted a fly ball into left field. Mather tagged up from third and got gunned down at home by Alphonso Soriano.

In the fifth, Cesar Izturis was on third base with one out when he got thrown out at home on a botched attempt of a squeeze bunt.

The Cubs won it in the 11th when Henry Blanco singled in the winning run with the bases loaded and none out.

The Cards fall to seven games behind the Cubs. The series continues tomorrow afternoon.

Ohio Broncos
08-09-2008, 05:11 PM
Cardinals rout the Cubs, 12-3!! :D

The Redbirds played long ball as they laid a serious beatdown on Carlos Zambrano and the Chicago Cubs.

Skip Schumaker led off the game and hit the first pitch that he saw up against the ivy in right field for a leadoff double. He scored when Ryan Ludwick hit a two out single.

The Cubs tied it up in the bottom of the second when Mark DeRosa hit a solo homer.

The Cards took the lead again in the third inning as Skip Schumaker and Albert Pujols both cracked solo homers to make the score 3-1.

The Cubs got a run back in the bottom of the third thanks to a solo shot by Zambrano to cut the Cards' led to 3-2.

Leading into today's game, Troy Glaus was 0-29 against the Cubs this year. He popped out in the second inning to extend the drought to 0-30. With a man on in the fourth inning, Glaus finally broke through by blasting a two run shot to make the lead 5-2.

The Cardinals put it out of reach in the fifth with four runs. The big blow was Glaus hitting his second homer of the game (an opposite field, three run homer) that knocked Zambrano out (4.1 IP, 9 R, 10 H, 1 BB, 3 K).

Given a 9-2 cushion, Todd Wellemeyer pitched well and minimized the damage that the Cubs were able to inflict (6.2 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 1 BB, 5 K). For the second straight day, a Cards starter limited the Cubs to two solo homers.

The Cards played add on in the ninth with three more runs. Ryan Ludwick hit a sacrifice fly and Yadier Molina added a two run single.

Nice bounce back win for the Cards after the tough loss yesterday. It was an added bonus to knock around Zambrano who has done historically well against the Cardinals.

Glaus: 3-5, 2 HR (20,21), 2 R, 5 RBI (79) :rockon:

Schumaker: 2-5, HR (7), 2B, 2 R, RBI Got things started right....

Pujols: 2-4, HR (24), BB, 3 R, RBI (74)

Ludwick: 2-4, R, 2 RBI (84)

Molina: 2-4, 2 RBI

The Cards get to within six games of the Cubs. The series will conclude tomorrow night.

Peerless
08-09-2008, 05:52 PM
Thank you!

Buckin' Bronco
08-09-2008, 08:14 PM
Cardinals rout the Cubs, 12-3!! :D

The Redbirds played long ball as they laid a serious beatdown on Carlos Zambrano and the Chicago Cubs.

Skip Schumaker led off the game and hit the first pitch that he saw up against the ivy in right field for a leadoff double. He scored when Ryan Ludwick hit a two out single to drive in Schumaker.

The Cubs tied it up in the bottom of the second when Mark DeRosa hit a solo homer.

The Cards took the lead again in the third inning as Skip Schumaker and Albert Pujols both cracked solo homers to make the score 3-1.

The Cubs got a run back in the bottom of the third thanks to a solo shot by Zambrano to cut the Cards' led to 3-2.

Leading into today's game, Troy Glaus was 0-29 against the Cubs this year. He popped out in the second inning to extend the drought to 0-30. With a man on in the fourth inning, Glaus finally broke through by blasting a two run shot to make the lead 5-2.

The Cardinals put it out of reach in the fifth with four runs. The big blow was Glaus hitting his second homer of the game (an opposite field, three run homer) that knocked Zambrano out (4.1 IP, 9 R, 10 H, 1 BB, 3 K).

Given a 9-2 cushion, Todd Wellemeyer pitched well and minimized the damage that the Cubs were able to inflict (6.2 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 1 BB, 5 K). For the second straight day, a Cards starter limited the Cubs to two solo homers.

The Cards played add on in the ninth with three more runs. Ryan Ludwick hit a sacrifice fly and Yadier Molina added a two run single.

Nice bounce back win for the Cards after the tough loss yesterday. It was an added bonus to knock around Zambrano who has done historically well against the Cardinals.

Glaus: 3-5, 2 HR (20,21), 2 R, 5 RBI (79) :rockon:

Schumaker: 2-5, HR (7), 2B, 2 R, RBI Got things started right....

Pujols: 2-4, HR (24), BB, 3 R, RBI (74)

Ludwick: 2-4, R, 2 RBI (84)

Molina: 2-4, 2 RBI

The Cards get to within six games of the Cubs. The series will conclude tomorrow night.

GO CARDS!!!

Ohio Broncos
08-10-2008, 08:04 PM
Cubs drop the Cardinals, 6-2.

Sloppy play in the field cost the Cardinals dearly as a pitching duel was blown open in the sixth inning.

Both starting pitchers pitched well. Ryan Dempter was great (6.2 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 3 BB, 6 K). He had his share of baserunners, but great defense and timely pitching kept the Cards off the board. Chris Carpenter also pitched a good ballgame, but was saddled with the loss (5.1 IP, 4 R, 2 ER, 6 H, 2 BB, 2 K).

The moment of concern came when Carpenter had to leave the game in the sixth inning with a triceps strain. There's no idea how serious it is, but I'm sure the Cards have their fingers crossed that it's nothing major. Hell, my fingers are crossed too.

The first Cardinals mistake came in the second inning when Aramis Ramirez singled into right field which skipped away from Ryan Ludwick and allowed Ramirez to advance to second base. Ramirez later scored on a sacrifice fly for the Cubs' first run.

The second mistake happened in the sixth inning. With the score 2-0 and runners on first and third with one out, Jim Edmonds hit a groundball that looked like a tailor made double play. The ball went in between Kennedy's legs and into the outfield. That opened the floodgates and as a result, the Cubs extended their lead to 6-0.

The Redbirds scored two runs in the seventh when Joe Mather and Albert Pujols each hit an RBI double.

The weekend series ends with the Cubs extending their lead to seven games over the Cards. The Cards also trail the Brewers by three games in the Wild Card. The road trip continues as the Cards head to Florida for a four game set against the Marlins.

Sunbiz1
08-10-2008, 08:09 PM
No need to post an article from my end on a Bronco MB...have a nice bus ride back home to St. Louis.

http://stlouis.cardinals.mlb.com/index.jsp?c_id=stl


GO CUBS GO!!


Cubs drop the Cardinals, 6-2.

Sloppy play in the field cost the Cardinals dearly as a pitching duel was blown open in the sixth inning.

Both starting pitchers pitched well. Ryan Dempter was great (6.2 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 3 BB, 6 K). He had his share of baserunners, but great defense and timely pitching kept the Cards off the board. Chris Carpenter also pitched a good ballgame, but was saddled with the loss (5.1 IP, 4 R, 2 ER, 6 H, 2 BB, 2 K).

The moment of concern came when Carpenter had to leave the game in the sixth inning with a triceps strain. There's no idea how serious it is, but I'm sure the Cards have their fingers crossed that it's nothing major. Hell, my fingers are crossed too.

The first Cardinals mistake came in the second inning when Aramis Ramirez singled into right field which skipped away from Ryan Ludwick and allowed Ramirez to advance to second base. Ramirez later scored on a sacrifice fly for the Cubs' first run.

The second mistake happened in the sixth inning. With the score 2-0 and runners on first and third with one out, Jim Edmonds hit a groundball that looked like a tailor made double play. The ball went in between Kennedy's legs and into the outfield. That opened the floodgates and as a result, the Cubs extended their lead to 6-0.

The Redbirds scored two runs in the seventh when Joe Mather and Albert Pujols each hit an RBI double.

The weekend series ends with the Cubs extending their lead to seven games over the Cards. The Cards also trail the Brewers by three games in the Wild Card. The road trip continues as the Cards head to Florida for a four game set against the Marlins.

Ohio Broncos
08-11-2008, 07:14 PM
Cardinals grind out a 4-2 win over the Marlins!! :beer:

The Redbirds used some good pitching (great in one instance) and the long ball to take the series opener over the Fish.

The Cardinals got on the board in the first inning when an infield single by Rick Ankiel plated Felipe Lopez.

The Marlins scored on a wild pitch by Joel Piniero in the first inning and then took the lead in the second when Cody Ross hit a solo homer to make it 2-1.

In the fourth, the Cards took the lead for good when Yadier Molina cracked a two run homer. This was just a small sample of a great day for Molina.

After coughing up the 1-0 lead, Piniero settled down and pitched a solid game. He allowed a fair share of hits put he was aided by the double play ball and by Molina's arm.

Kyle McClellan came on in relief with the Cards leading 3-2 and gave up a leadoff single to Hanley Ramirez that skipped away from Rick Ankiel (who was in left field today). When Akiel threw it in, it got away from Aaron Miles and rolled into the Cardinals dugout. Ramirez ended up on third after the single and two errors by Ankiel.

With a runner on third and none out, McCellan got a ground out (with a drawn in infield), a strike out (looking), and a pop out to end the Marlins' threat. Awesome stufff. :rockon:

Joe Mather added some insurance in the ninth by hitting a solo homer.

In the ninth, Molina snuffed out another Marlins rally by gunning down Dan Uggla trying to steal second. Chris Perez struck out the final two batters to secure the win.

Molina: 1-4, GW HR (5), R, 2 RBI Threw out two Marlins trying to steal 2nd:salute:

Piniero: 7 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 7 H, 2 BB, 4 K, W (5-5)

Mather: Pinch hit solo HR (7)

Ankiel: 2-3, R, RBI

McClellan: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 K clutch...

The Cards trail the Cubs by 6.5 games and the Brewers by three games. The series continues tomorrow.

Buckin' Bronco
08-12-2008, 06:20 AM
Cardinals grind out a 4-2 win over the Marlins!! :beer:

The Redbirds used some good pitching (great in one instance) and the long ball to take the series opener over the Fish.

The Cardinals got on the board in the first inning when an infield single by Rick Ankiel plated Felipe Lopez.

The Marlins scored on a wild pitch by Joel Piniero in the first inning and then took the lead in the second when Cody Ross hit a solo homer to make it 2-1.

In the fourth, the Cards took the lead for good when Yadier Molina cracked a two run homer. This was just a small sample of a great day for Molina.

After coughing up the 1-0 lead, Piniero settled down and pitched a solid game. He allowed a fair share of hits put he was aided by the double play ball and by Molina's arm.

Kyle McClellan came on in relief with the Cards leading 3-2 and gave up a leadoff single to Hanley Ramirez that skipped away from Rick Ankiel (who was in left field today). When Akiel threw it in, it got away from Aaron Miles and rolled into the Cardinals dugout. Ramirez ended up on third after the single and two errors by Ankiel.

With a runner on third and none out, McCellan got a ground out (with a drawn in infield), a strike out (looking), and a pop out to end the Marlins' threat. Awesome stufff. :rockon:

Joe Mather added some insurance in the ninth by hitting a solo homer.

In the ninth, Molina snuffed out another Marlins rally by gunning down Dan Uggla trying to steal second. Chris Perez struck out the final two batters to secure the win.

Molina: 1-4, GW HR (5), R, 2 RBI Threw out two Marlins trying to steal 2nd:salute:

Piniero: 7 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 7 H, 2 BB, 4 K, W (5-5)

Mather: Pinch hit solo HR (7)

Ankiel: 2-3, R, RBI

McClellan: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 K clutch...

The Cards trail the Cubs by 6.5 games and the Brewers by three games. The series continues tomorrow.

Great game Molina. We need the series to keep up!

GO CARDS!!!

Ohio Broncos
08-12-2008, 08:48 PM
Marlins nip the Cardinals, 4-3.

Basically, this game was decided in two innings. The Cards jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning when Ryan Ludwick came up with the bases loaded and cleared them with a double.

The Marlins got a run back in the bottom of the first and then in the second, Hanley Ramirez blasted a three run homer off Kyle Lohse to put the Marlins in front for good.

After a big first inning, the Cards only managed three hits the rest of the way.

So the Cards drop to seven games behind the Cubs. Game three of this four game series is tomorrow night.

Ohio Broncos
08-13-2008, 08:06 PM
Cardinals hold off the Marlins, 6-4!!! :beer:

Braden Looper pitched a strong seven innings as the Cardinals were finally able to cash in on one of their many scoring opportunities.

The Marlins scored in the first inning when Hanley Ramirez reached on a Troy Glaus error and scored on a single by Mike Jacobs.

The Cards tied it up on a sacrifice fly by Adam Kennedy.

Florida took a 2-1 lead when Ramirez singled in a run.

The Redbirds tied it up again in the sixth with another sacrifice fly by Kennedy.

The score was tied at two, but the Cardinals should have scored more. After six innings, the Cardinals had 10 hits (they finished the game with 18), but only those two runs to show for it. Give Ricky Nolasco credit, he gave up a lot of hits but kept the damage to a minimum. But after holding off the Cards for six innings, the Cards finally got a crooked number on the board in the seventh.

With the bases loaded, Jason LaRue gave the Cards the lead for good by smacking a double and driving in two runs.

As I mentioned before, Looper was strong. He has pitched well for his last four starts. He gave up five hits, none were screamers. They were of the bloop hit, seeing eye single variety.

Skip Schumaker added an RBI single in the eighth to make it 5-2 in favor of St. Louis.

The Cards' bullpen bent but didn't break. After Kyle McClellan got knocked around (he gave up two runs), Chris Perez came in the eighth with the bases loaded and one out in the eighth and got a huge double play to get out of that jam.

After the Cards added an insurance run in the ninth (Felipe Lopez tripled and scored on Glaus's RBI double), Perez put the finishing touches on his five out save.

Looper: 7 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 5 H, 1 BB, 5 K awesome start... :rockon:

Glaus: 4-4, 2B, R, RBI (80)

Schumaker: 3-5, R, RBI

Kennedy: 2-2, R, 2 RBI

Pujols: 2-5, R

Lopez: pinch hit triple, R

The Cards will try to win the series tomorrow night in Florida.

Buckin' Bronco
08-14-2008, 06:16 AM
Cardinals hold off the Marlins, 6-4!!! :beer:

Braden Looper pitched a strong seven innings as the Cardinals were finally able to cash in on one of their many scoring opportunities.

The Marlins scored in the first inning when Hanley Ramirez reached on a Troy Glaus error and scored on a single by Mike Jacobs.

The Cards tied it up on a sacrifice fly by Adam Kennedy.

Florida took a 2-1 lead when Ramirez singled in a run.

The Redbirds tied it up again in the sixth with another sacrifice fly by Kennedy.

The score was tied at two, but the Cardinals should have scored more. After six innings, the Cardinals had 10 hits (they finished the game with 18), but only those two runs to show for it. Give Ricky Nolasco credit, he gave up a lot of hits but kept the damage to a minimum. But after holding off the Cards for six innings, the Cards finally got a crooked number on the board in the seventh.

With the bases loaded, Jason LaRue gave the Cards the lead for good by smacking a double and driving in two runs.

As I mentioned before, Looper was strong. He has pitched well for his last four starts. He gave up five hits, none were screamers. They were of the bloop hit, seeing eye single variety.

Skip Schumaker added an RBI single in the eighth to make it 5-2 in favor of St. Louis.

The Cards' bullpen bent but didn't break. After Kyle McClellan got knocked around (he gave up two runs), Chris Perez came in the eighth with the bases loaded and one out in the eighth and got a huge double play to get out of that jam.

After the Cards added an insurance run in the ninth (Felipe Lopez tripled and scored on Glaus's RBI double), Perez put the finishing touches on his five out save.

Looper: 7 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 5 H, 1 BB, 5 K awesome start... :rockon:

Glaus: 4-4, 2B, R, RBI (80)

Schumaker: 3-5, R, RBI

Kennedy: 2-2, R, 2 RBI

Pujols: 2-5, R

Lopez: pinch hit triple, R

The Cards will try to win the series tomorrow night in Florida.

Yes sir! Strong showing Looper, Hey Ohio is there any news about Wainright?

I already know Carp is just a little sore and it's nothing serious, thank goodness!

GO CARDS!!!

Ohio Broncos
08-14-2008, 08:16 AM
Yes sir! Strong showing Looper, Hey Ohio is there any news about Wainright?

I already know Carp is just a little sore and it's nothing serious, thank goodness!

GO CARDS!!!

The Wainwright news got a little confusing. When he started his rehab assignment last Friday, the Cards wanted to bring him back as a reliever. He pitched on Friday for AAA Memphis (only threw 27 pitches) and got knocked around pretty good. He pitched again on Monday (around 60 pitches) and was much better.

But now that Carp got hurt again and they are taking the slow, cautious approach (you're right, it's nothing serious but Carp will miss his start on Friday), the Cards want Wainwright to come back as a starter again. Another reason for this may be that Chris Perez has provided some stability in the back of the Cardinals' bullpen.

So from what I've heard, the plan is to have Wainwright stretch out his next outing (it's looking like Friday night) so he can come back as a starter. Depending on how he does, the Cards will have a better idea when Wainwright can come back.

Ohio Broncos
08-14-2008, 07:09 PM
Cardinals shut out the Marlins, 3-0!!! :D

Todd Wellemeyer pitched an terrific game and Ryan Ludwick provided the offense for the Redbirds.

The Cards took a 1-0 lead in the third inning when Ludwick doubled in a run.

That would be all that Wellemeyer would need as he pitched himself one hell of a ballgame. For the third straight start, Welly looked like he did in May when he was the NL pitcher of the month.

In the seventh, Ludwick cracked a two run homer in the seventh to provide some insurance.

When Welly started to tire in the eighth inning, Russ Springer struck out Jorge Cantu to end the inning. In the ninth, Ron Villone and Ryan Franklin came in a shut the door to preserve the shutout.

Wellemeyer: 7.2 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 4 BB, 3 K, W (10-4) Absolutely awesome start. :rockon:

Ludwick: 2-4, HR (30), 2B, R, 3 RBI (90) the magical season continues...

Izturis: 2-4, 2 R

The Cardinals take three out of four from the Marlins and gain a game on the Brewers (who actually lost a game :eek:) and now trail them by three games in the Wild Card. The Cards will wrap up the road trip with a three game set in Cincinnati.

Buckin' Bronco
08-15-2008, 05:37 AM
Cardinals shut out the Marlins, 3-0!!! :D

Todd Wellemeyer pitched an terrific game and Ryan Ludwick provided the offense for the Redbirds.

The Cards took a 1-0 lead in the third inning when Ludwick doubled in a run.

That would be all that Wellemeyer would need as he pitched himself one hell of a ballgame. For the third straight start, Welly looked like he did in May when he was the NL pitcher of the month.

In the seventh, Ludwick cracked a two run homer in the seventh to provide some insurance.

When Welly started to tire in the eighth inning, Russ Springer struck out Jorge Cantu to end the inning. In the ninth, Ron Villone and Ryan Franklin came in a shut the door to preserve the shutout.

Wellemeyer: 7.2 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 4 BB, 3 K, W (10-4) Absolutely awesome start. :rockon:

Ludwick: 2-4, HR (30), 2B, R, 3 RBI (90) the magical season continues...

Izturis: 2-4, 2 R

The Cardinals take three out of four from the Marlins and gain a game on the Brewers (who actually lost a game :eek:) and now trail them by three games in the Wild Card. The Cards will wrap up the road trip with a three game set in Cincinnati.

Ludwick is the man! The Cards are tougher than a 2$ steak.:laugh: Great job as always Ohio.

GO CARDS!!!

Ohio Broncos
08-15-2008, 07:49 PM
Cardinals get by the Reds, 5-3!!! :beer:

With Chris Carpenter getting sent to the DL today, Brad Thompson took the ball today and filled in admirably. The Cards held the Reds to five hits.

Rick Ankiel got things started for the Redbirds in the first inning. With a man on, Ankiel cracked a homer to make it 2-0 for St. Louis.

The Reds struck back in the bottom of the first when Chris ****erson hit a laser down the right field line to make it 2-1.

Skip Schumaker singled in a run to make it 3-1, but the Reds climbed to within a run again on a sacrifice fly by Corey Patterson. Jason LaRue hit an RBI force out to make the margin 4-2.

Felipe Lopez tripled in the sixth and scored on a sacrifice fly by LaRue for the Cards' final run.

After a shaky first and second inning, Thompson settled down and pitched a good five innings retiring nine batters in a row at one point.

Jaimie Garcia took the mound after Thompson and pitched two perfect innings. Considering he hasn't pitched in almost a week, he looked really sharp.

The final two innings were handled by Kyle McClellan, Ron Villone, and Chris Perez (who earned the save).

The Cardinals have won three in a row and need to continue winning to keep in pace with the Brewers. Since they are playing a depleted Reds team without Griffey and Dunn, anything less than a sweep would be disappointing.

Ankiel: 1-4, HR (23), R, 2 RBI (63)

Thompson: W (5-2) 5 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 H, 1 BB, 4 K

Garcia: 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 K

McClellan: 1 IP, 0 R 1 H, 2.91 ERA

Perez: 0.2 IP, 0 R, 2 K, S (4) Ladies and gentlemen, I think we have ourselves a closer...

Pujols: 3-5, 2 2B, R

Lopez: 2-3, 3B, 2 R, BB

The Cardinals trail the Brewers by 2.5 games (pending the result of the Brewers-Dodgers game) in the Wild Card. The series continues tomorrow night.

Buckin' Bronco
08-16-2008, 07:23 AM
Cardinals get by the Reds, 5-3!!! :beer:

With Chris Carpenter getting sent to the DL today, Brad Thompson took the ball today and filled in admirably. The Cards held the Reds to five hits.

Rick Ankiel got things started for the Redbirds in the first inning. With a man on, Ankiel cracked a homer to make it 2-0 for St. Louis.

The Reds struck back in the bottom of the first when Chris ****erson hit a laser down the right field line to make it 2-1.

Skip Schumaker singled in a run to make it 3-1, but the Reds climbed to within a run again on a sacrifice fly by Corey Patterson. Jason LaRue hit an RBI force out to make the margin 4-2.

Felipe Lopez tripled in the sixth and scored on a sacrifice fly by LaRue for the Cards' final run.

After a shaky first and second inning, Thompson settled down and pitched a good five innings retiring nine batters in a row at one point.

Jaimie Garcia took the mound after Thompson and pitched two perfect innings. Considering he hasn't pitched in almost a week, he looked really sharp.

The final two innings were handled by Kyle McClellan, Ron Villone, and Chris Perez (who earned the save).

The Cardinals have won three in a row and need to continue winning to keep in pace with the Brewers. Since they are playing a depleted Reds team without Griffey and Dunn, anything less than a sweep would be disappointing.

Ankiel: 1-4, HR (23), R, 2 RBI (63)

Thompson: W (5-2) 5 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 H, 1 BB, 4 K

Garcia: 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 K

McClellan: 1 IP, 0 R 1 H, 2.91 ERA

Perez: 0.2 IP, 0 R, 2 K, S (4) Ladies and gentlemen, I think we have ourselves a closer...

Pujols: 3-5, 2 2B, R

Lopez: 2-3, 3B, 2 R, BB

The Cardinals trail the Brewers by 2.5 games (pending the result of the Brewers-Dodgers game) in the Wild Card. The series continues tomorrow night.

The Cubs barely slid by the fish also!

GO CARDS!!!

Ohio Broncos
08-16-2008, 07:18 PM
Cardinals thump the Reds, 9-3!! :D

The Cards flexed their muscle and overpowered the Reds.

The Reds took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a sacrifice fly by Brandon Phillips.

The Redbirds then erupted for five runs in the second. Skip Schumaker provided the big hit when he cracked a three run homer off Reds starter Aaron Harang (who definitely did not look right today).

Albert Pujols led off the third inning by crushing the first pitch that he saw in the left field seats to make it 6-1.

The Cardinals continued to pour it on with three more runs in the fourth. Ryan Ludwick launched a homer over the fence in left center field with a man on. Pujols then blasted another homer to center field to increase the lead to 9-1.

All of that offense was more than enough for Joel Pineiro. He has been good his last three starts and he did what a pitcher should do when you have a lead: throw strikes.

Pujols: 3-4, 2 HR (25, 26), 2 R, 2 RBI (77) El Hombre!!!!

Schumaker: 2-5, HR (8), R, 3 RBI

Ludwick: 2-5, HR (31), R, 2 RBI (92)

Miles: 2-4, 2 R, RBI

Pineiro: W (6-5) 6 IP, 3 R, 7 H, 0 BB, 6 K

The Cardinals extend their winning streak to four games and are currently 1.5 games behind the Brewers (let's hope they lose again today). The Cards will go for the sweep tomorrow afternoon.

Ohio Broncos
08-17-2008, 08:27 PM
Reds beat the Cardinals and avoid the sweep, 7-3.

Edinson Volquez was masterful shutting out the Redbirds over seven innings. Kyle Lohse had a decent start, but he didn't get any offensive support as the Cards' four game winning streak came to an end.

The Reds took a 2-0 lead in the first inning as they were able to bang out four hits in that innning off Lohse.

That lead was more than enough for Volquez who puzzled Cardinal bats all day. The Cards' best threat came in the sixth inning when they had the bases loaded with only one out. Volquez then struck out Rick Ankiel and Troy Glaus to end the inning.

The Reds added another run in the bottom of the sixth on an RBI single by Jeff Keppinger. That was the end of the day for Lohse (6 IP, 3 R, 7 H, 3 BB, 2 K). He kept the Cards in the game as much as he could, but the Cards just couldn't get to Volquez.

The Reds put the game out of reach in the seventh when Brandon Phillips blasted a three run homer off Jaime Garcia to make it 6-0.

The Cards scored their runs courtesy of RBI singles by Glaus in the eighth and Skip Schumaker in the ninth, and an RBI double by Ryan Ludwick in the ninth.

So the Cardinals go 6-4 on the 10 game road trip. They remain two games behind the Brewers in the Wild Card. The Cards will head back home and have a day off before beginning a two game series with the Pirates.

Ohio Broncos
08-17-2008, 08:38 PM
First of all, Adam Wainwright was awesome in his rehab start on Saturday (4.2 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 BB, 7 K, 64 pitches, 43 strikes). It was a AA start, but he was dominant and he looks almost ready to come back up.

However, the Cards still aren't tipping their hand as to how Wainwright will be used when he comes back up with the big league club. There's specualtion that Wainwright could come back up as soon as Friday to start against Atlanta.

It looks like there won't be a definitive answer until later in the week, but the health of Chris Carpenter could weigh heavily into the decision of where Wainwright will end up.

http://stlouis.cardinals.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20080817&content_id=3323911&vkey=news_stl&fext=.jsp&c_id=stl

Ohio Broncos
08-19-2008, 08:45 PM
Cardinals fall to the Pirates, 4-1.

What a horrible loss. Braden Looper was stellar today (7 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 2 BB, 2 K) and was saddled with the loss. His only blemish was a run that he gave up in the first inning when he walked the leadoff batter and then gave up an RBI double to Ryan Doumit.

Coming into today's game, Pirates starter Ian Snell had a record of 4-10 with an ERA nearly at six. Today he pitched the best game of the season as he shut out the Cards over seven innings allowing only four hits. He also struck out eight, most of which was on a slider that was just plain nasty today.

The one run the Bucs scored in the first held up until the ninth inning when the Cardinals' defense unraveled and gave the Bucs some breathing room.

The most distressing thing about the ninth was that Yadier Molina made three really bad mistakes. With runners on first and second and none out, Jason Michaels hit a sacrifice bunt. Instead of taking the sure out at first, Molina tried to get the lead run at third. His throw was late and everybody was safe.

Mistake number two happened with the next batter. The bases were loaded and Andy LaRoche hit a grounder to Felipe Lopez at second who threw to Molina at home. Molina tried to immediately throw to first for the double play but dropped the ball. Everyone was safe and the Pirates added another run to their lead.

After Kyle McClellan walked in a run, Luis Rivas lifted a fly ball to center field. Joe Mather caught the ball and threw the ball home. The runner at third tagged but then stopped. The throw got away from Molina, but McClellan had it since he was backing up home. Molina, however, strayed too far from home and the runner from third was able to make it home for another run.

Like I said, bad, bad loss. The Brewers lost today too, and the Cards didn't take advantage. The deficit remains at 2.5 games and the Cards will get another crack at the Pirates tomorrow.

Ohio Broncos
08-20-2008, 08:38 PM
Cardinals crush the Pirates, 11-2! :beer:

The Redbirds broke out their bats and busted open a tie game early as they cruised to an easy win.

The Cards took a 2-0 lead in the second inning when Jason LaRue hit a sacrifice fly and Todd Wellemeyer singled in a run.

The Bucs tied it up at two in the third when Ryan Doumit (who has killed Cardinal pitching) deposited a hanging slider into the Cardinals' bullpen with a man on.

The Cards scored three runs in the bottom of the third, the final two of which came when Rick Ankiel hit a line drive just over the wall in right center field to give the Cards a 5-2 lead.

The Cardinals added to their lead in the fourth inning. Skip Schumaker hit an RBI single. Ryan Ludwick lifted a sacrifice fly that scored a run. Troy Glaus provided the final run of the inning when he walked with the bases loaded to expand the lead to 8-2.

Wellemeyer pitched a good five innings, but the amount of pitches that he had to throw (95) limited his start. Still, his only mistake was a that homer to Doumit and after that, he made the lead stick.

The Cards played add on the rest of the game when LaRue hit a two run homer in the seventh inning and Albert Pujols laced an RBI double in the eighth.

Schumaker: 3-4, 3 R, RBI The Catalyst..

LaRue: 2-3, 2B, HR (4), 2 R, 3 RBI

Ankiel: 1-4, HR (24), 2 RBI (65)

Ludwick: 2-4, 2B, R, RBI (94)

Pujols: 2-5, 2B, 2 RBI (79)

Glaus: 1-2, 2 R, 2 BB, RBI (82)

Wellemeyer: W(11-4), 5 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 2 BB, 5 K

The Cards stay 2.5 games behind the Brewers. They will have tomorrow off before hosting the Braves for a three game set over the weekend.

Ohio Broncos
08-20-2008, 08:45 PM
It's been confirmed that Adam Wainwright will start on Friday against the Braves. Allow me the first to say.....

Hell Yeah!!!!!

Welcome back Adam!!!! Go kick some ass!!!! :rockon:

http://stlouis.cardinals.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20080820&content_id=3340389&vkey=news_stl&fext=.jsp&c_id=stl

Buckin' Bronco
08-22-2008, 05:30 AM
It's been confirmed that Adam Wainwright will start on Friday against the Braves. Allow me the first to say.....

Hell Yeah!!!!!

Welcome back Adam!!!! Go kick some ass!!!! :rockon:

http://stlouis.cardinals.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20080820&content_id=3340389&vkey=news_stl&fext=.jsp&c_id=stl

HELL YEAH!!!

Great news! Only thing is though I have to make a choice now between watching the Cards or football. Darn you Ohio!!! Just kidding bro.

GO CARDS!!!

Ohio Broncos
08-22-2008, 07:14 AM
HELL YEAH!!!

Great news! Only thing is though I have to make a choice now between watching the Cards or football. Darn you Ohio!!! Just kidding bro.

GO CARDS!!!


They're not showing the Broncos game here, so I can watch the Cardinals game with a clear conscience. :D

But hey, with either choice you can't go wrong. I can't wait to see Wainwright pitch tonight.

saltybuggah
08-22-2008, 08:14 AM
HELL YEAH!!!

Great news! Only thing is though I have to make a choice now between watching the Cards or football. Darn you Ohio!!! Just kidding bro.

GO CARDS!!!

easy choice

cards game hands down :salute: with a playoff spot on the line every game counts

preseason games are just not as important :salute: plus you can always catch a replay on nfl network :)

GO CARDS :rockon:

Sunbiz1
08-22-2008, 01:39 PM
Don't have enough horses to compete with the Cubs.

The Cubs barely slid by the fish also!

GO CARDS!!!

Buckin' Bronco
08-22-2008, 07:44 PM
Don't have enough horses to compete with the Cubs.

Ludwick, Pujols, Glaus, Ankiel ring a bell?:rolleyes:

How about these pitchers: Lohse, Carpenter, Wainright?:rolleyes:

I thought so!:salute:

Ohio Broncos
08-22-2008, 09:08 PM
Cardinals demolish the Braves, 18-3! :beer:

The Redbirds banged out 26 hits as they welcomed back Adam Wainwright in style.

The Cards struck first in the second inning. Yadier Molina and Wainwright hit consecutive singles to start the inning. After Cesar Izturis laid down a sacrifice bunt, Skip Schumaker got the Cards on the board with an RBI single. After Ryan Ludwick walked, Albert Pujols drove in two runs with a double. After Rick Ankiel was intentionally walked, Troy Glaus walked with the bases loaded to make the score 4-0.

The Cardinals scored two more in the fourth inning. Pujols hit an RBI single and Rick Ankiel added a sacrifice fly to give St. Louis a 6-0 lead.

The Cards then turned this game into a laugher by scoring six times in the fifth inning. The Redbirds rapped eight hits (all singles) in the inning. When the dust settled after the fifth, the Cards had a 12-1 lead and they cruised the rest of the way.

Adam Wainwright pitched six solid, efficient (72 pitches) innings. Not only did he get the job done at the mound, but he joined in the hit parade as well. His only mistake was a solo homer that he gave up in the fifth inning. He did not have his "A" stuff, but he was good enough in his first start since June 7.

The Cardinals hit 21 singles which is the most that they have hit since 1929. What's also interesting is that no homers were hit by the Cards, just singles and doubles.

Wainwright: W (7-3), 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 4 K, 3-4, R, RBI Welcome back!

Molina: 4-5, 2 R, BB, 4 RBI (51) New season-high for RBIs

Pujols: 3-3, 2B, BB, 1 R, 3 RBI (82) .353 BA

Ludwick: 2-2, BB, 3 R, RBI (95)

Glaus: 2-2, 2B, 2 BB, R, 2 RBI (84)

Schumaker: 2-6, BB, 3 R, RBI

Izturis: 4-5, R, RBI

Let's just hope the Cardinals saved some runs for the rest of the weekend. The Cards stay 2.5 games behind the Brewers.

Buckin' Bronco
08-23-2008, 08:34 AM
Cardinals demolish the Braves, 18-3! :beer:

The Redbirds banged out 26 hits as they welcomed back Adam Wainwright in style.

The Cards struck first in the second inning. Yadier Molina and Wainwright hit consecutive singles to start the inning. After Cesar Izturis laid down a sacrifice bunt, Skip Schumaker got the Cards on the board with an RBI single. After Ryan Ludwick walked, Albert Pujols drove in two runs with a double. After Rick Ankiel was intentionally walked, Troy Glaus walked with the bases loaded to make the score 4-0.

The Cardinals scored two more in the fourth inning. Pujols hit an RBI single and Rick Ankiel added a sacrifice fly to give St. Louis a 6-0 lead.

The Cards then turned this game into a laugher by scoring six times in the fifth inning. The Redbirds rapped eight hits (all singles) in the inning. When the dust settled after the fifth, the Cards had a 12-1 lead and they cruised the rest of the way.

Adam Wainwright pitched six solid, efficient (72 pitches) innings. Not only did he get the job done at the plate, but he joined in the hit parade as well. His only mistake was a solo homer that he gave up in the fifth inning. He did not have his "A" stuff, but he was good enough in his first start since June 7.

The Cardinals hit 21 singles which is the most that they have hit since 1929. What's also interesting is that no homers were hit by the Cards, just singles and doubles.

Wainwright: W (7-3), 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 4 K, 3-4, R, RBI Welcome back!

Molina: 4-5, 2 R, BB, 4 RBI (51) New season-high for RBIs

Pujols: 3-3, 2B, BB, 1 R, 3 RBI (82) .353 BA

Ludwick: 2-2, BB, 3 R, RBI (95)

Glaus: 2-2, 2B, 2 BB, R, 2 RBI (84)

Schumaker: 2-6, BB, 3 R, RBI

Izturis: 4-5, R, RBI

Let's just hope the Cardinals saved some runs for the rest of the weekend. The Cards stay 2.5 games behind the Brewers.

The Cubs lost also what a great day!:salute:

GO CARDS!!!

Sunbiz1
08-23-2008, 07:27 PM
The day just got better....Cubs WIN!!



The Cubs lost also what a great day!:salute:

GO CARDS!!!

Ohio Broncos
08-24-2008, 03:03 PM
Cardinals get by the Braves, 6-3! :beer:

The Cards were finally able to get some offensive support for Braden Looper as they won the series finale.

Albert Pujols continued his torrid streak when he hit a laser in the left field seats for a two run homer to give the Redbirds a 2-0 lead in the first inning. In the weekend series against the Braves, Pujols went 8-10 with two homers. That'll work. :D

The Braves responded by scoring three runs in the top of the second inning. The big mistake was when Looper gave up a two run bloop base hit to Jo-Jo Reyes (the Braves starting pitcher).

The Cards came right back to take the lead for good in the bottom of the second when Brian Barton lashed a double down the left field line to plate two runs and give the Cards a 4-3 lead.

Joe Mather provided the last two runs for the Cardinals with a sacrifice fly in the fourth and an RBI double in the sixth.

Looper had a quality start and was able to make the 4-3 Cardinal lead stick. He has been fantastic over the last month and a half for the Cards.

Loop: W (12-10), 7 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 5 K

Pujols: 2-2, HR (28), R, 3 BB, 2 RBI (87)

Barton: 3-3, 2B, R, 2 RBI

Mather: 1-2, 2B, R, 2 BB, 2 RBI

Ludwick: 0-5 at the plate, but he gunned down a runner at home. :salute:

So the Cards bounce back after yesterday's loss and are now three games behind the Brewers who are currently battling the Pirates in extra innings. The Redbirds will enjoy another day off before hosting the Brewers for an absolutely critical two game set.

saltybuggah
08-26-2008, 07:32 AM
Pujols wins NL Player of the Week (http://stlouis.cardinals.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20080826&content_id=3369706&vkey=news_stl&fext=.jsp&c_id=stl)

As if Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols needed any more reasons added to why he is widely considered one of the best in baseball, Pujols was named the National League Player of the Week on Monday.

During his seventh time earning NL Player of the Week honors, Pujols led the NL with a .579 (11-for-19) average with a 1.105 slugging percentage, a .652 on-base percentage and 10 RBIs :O and was tied for the league lead with four doubles. The 28-year-old posted four straight multi-hit and multi-RBI performances from Aug. 20-24, including consecutive three-hit and three-RBI games on Aug. 22-23 vs. Atlanta. :O

"He's an unbelievable hitter, and he's hot right now," said the Braves' Jo-Jo Reyes said after the Cardinals defeated the Braves, 6-3, on Aug. 23. "Everything you throw up there, he's hitting."

He is currently on an eight-game hitting streak and is batting .359 (151-for-421) with 28 home runs and 87 RBIs. His batting average ties him with the Braves' Chipper Jones for the NL lead.

"I respect Chipper Jones. He's a great hitter," Pujols said after the Braves game. "But I play to help my team win. Just because I've got Chipper on the other side and he's leading the league for the batting title. I play the game hard, no matter who is in town."

The Cardinals were 3-2 during the week and Pujols did everything that he could to keep the Cardinals in each game and each of their respective races for the playoffs. As of Monday, the Cardinals are 8 1/2 games back of the NL Central-leading Chicago Cubs and are 3 1/2 games back of the Milwaukee Brewers in the NL Wild Card race.

Along with Pujols, teammates Yadier Molina and Skip Schumacher; the Giants' Pablo Sandoval, Tim Lincecum and Barry Zito; and the Brewers' CC Sabathia were among the nominees for this week's award.


:clap::clap::salute: great job king albert


keep up the fantastic hitting against the brew crue

Ohio Broncos
08-26-2008, 08:26 PM
Brewers whitewash the Cardinals, 12-0. :eek:

Damn. :eek:

Honestly 12 and 0 are the only numbers that you need to know about this game. The Cards were anemic and sloppy while the Brewers looked hungry and driven.

In a game where the Cardinals needed to show up and play a good game, they laid an egg and stunk up the joint. This was probably the most embarrassing loss of this year. Yes, even more embarrassing than the 20-2 ass whuppin that the Phillies dropped on the Cards earlier this year.

Not much more to say besides that. The Brewers made a statement with this curb stomping.

Peerless
08-26-2008, 08:52 PM
Brewers whitewash the Cardinals, 12-0. :eek:

Damn. :eek:

Honestly 12 and 0 are the only numbers that you need to know about this game. The Cards were anemic and sloppy while the Brewers looked hungry and driven.

In a game where the Cardinals needed to show up and play a good game, they laid an egg and stunk up the joint. This was probably the most embarrassing loss of this year. Yes, even more embarrassing than the 20-2 ass whuppin that the Phillies dropped on the Cards earlier this year.

Not much more to say besides that. The Brewers made a statement with this curb stomping.
Go Brew Crew!!

Ryan Braun... can you love this guy anymore?

And Ben Sheets... 12 wins on the year. He'll start to peak now. :laugh:

Ohio Broncos
08-27-2008, 09:20 PM
Cardinals rally past the Brewers, 5-3!! :beer:

The Redbirds trailed for most of this game, but a major rally gave the Cards a huge win and kept their playoff hopes alive.

The Brewers opened the scoring in the third inning with a run in the first inning. They had three hits in the inning, but none left the infield.

The lead grew to 3-0 when Mike Cameron doubled in a run and Jason Kendall added an RBI single.

Cards starter Adam Wainwright pitched okay, but was victimized by some shaky defense behind him (some of it his own doing). Still, he had a good start and kept the Cards in the game.

For nine innings yesterday and five more innings today, the Cardinals' bats were quiet. Ryan Ludwick finally put the Cards on the board in the sixth with a solo homer to cut the deficit to 3-1.

Things started to get chippy in the seventh inning. The Cards managed to load the bases with two out, but Brewers reliever Carlos Villanueva got Joe Mather to pop out to end the inning. After the pop out was caught, Villanueva started yelling in the direction of the Cardinals' dugout. Albert Pujols (who was standing on deck) saw this, took exception, and started yelling back at Villanueva. The home plate ump had to separate the two.

There are plenty of ways to look at that incident. The way I see it, Villanueva woke a sleeping giant and the Cardinals responded in kind.

In the eighth, Pujols led off the inning with a double. Ludwick then hit another double to make the score 3-2. Troy Glaus, who was having a rough game at that point (0-3, three strikeouts, and an error), singled to drive in Ludwick to tie the score (and advanced to second on the throw home).

After Yadier Molina grounded out to advance Glaus to third, Miles hit a grounder to short. Glaus broke for home. The throw beat him, but the tag did not and the Redbirds had their first lead in this series, 4-3. Felipe Lopez added an RBI single for a huge insurance run to stretch the lead out to 5-3.

Chris Perez struck out the side in the ninth to secure a huge win for the Redbirds. And make no mistake, this game was a must win for St. Louis if they wanted to entertain any hopes of playing in October. There's a big difference between being 3.5 games back and being 5.5 games back.

Ludwick: 3-4, 2B, HR (32), 2 R, 2 RBI (97)

Pujols: 2-4, 2B, R .357 BA You don't want to get him angry....

Molina: 2-4

Waino: 6 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

Perez: 1 IP, 1 H, 3 K, S (6)

Let's hope the Cards can ride the momentum of this win to make a run at the Brewers in the Wild Card race. The Cards will have tomorrow off before they hit the road starting off with three games in Houston.

Buckin' Bronco
08-28-2008, 08:26 AM
Cardinals rally past the Brewers, 5-3!! :beer:

The Redbirds trailed for most of this game, but a major rally gave the Cards a huge win and kept their playoff hopes alive.

The Brewers opened the scoring in the third inning with a run in the first inning. They had three hits in the inning, but none left the infield.

The lead grew to 3-0 when Mike Cameron doubled in a run and Jason Kendall added an RBI single.

Cards starter Adam Wainwright pitched okay, but was victimized by some shaky defense behind him (some of it his own doing). Still, he had a good start and kept the Cards in the game.

For nine innings yesterday and five more innings today, the Cardinals' bats were quiet. Ryan Ludwick finally put the Cards on the board in the sixth with a solo homer to cut the deficit to 3-1.

Things started to get chippy in the seventh inning. The Cards managed to load the bases with two out, but Brewers reliever Carlos Villanueva got Joe Mather to pop out to end the inning. After the pop out was caught, Villanueva started yelling in the direction of the Cardinals' dugout. Albert Pujols (who was standing on deck) saw this, took exception, and started yelling back at Villanueva. The home plate ump had to separate the two.

There are plenty of ways to look at that incident. The way I see it, Villanueva woke a sleeping giant and the Cardinals responded in kind.

In the eighth, Pujols led off the inning with a double. Ludwick then hit another double to make the score 3-2. Troy Glaus, who was having a rough game at that point (0-3, three strikeouts, and an error), singled to drive in Ludwick to tie the score (and advanced to second on the throw home).

After Yadier Molina grounded out to advance Glaus to third, Miles hit a grounder to short. Glaus broke for home. The throw beat him, but the tag did not and the Redbirds had their first lead in this series, 4-3. Felipe Lopez added an RBI single for a huge insurance run to stretch the lead out to 5-3.

Chris Perez struck out the side in the ninth to secure a huge win for the Redbirds. And make no mistake, this game was a must win for St. Louis if they wanted to entertain any hopes of playing in October. There's a big difference between being 3.5 games back and being 5.5 games back.

Ludwick: 3-4, 2B, HR (32), 2 R, 2 RBI (97)

Pujols: 2-4, 2B, R .357 BA You don't want to get him angry....

Molina: 2-4

Waino: 6 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

Perez: 1 IP, 1 H, 3 K, S (6)

Let's hope the Cards can ride the momentum of this win to make a run at the Brewers in the Wild Card race. The Cards will have tomorrow off before they hit the road starting off with three games in Houston.

What a BIG win!

GO CARDS!!!

saltybuggah
08-28-2008, 08:48 AM
last thing the brewers wanted was the cards to get a fire under their asses...

thank you Villanueva for adding some lighter fluid to the flame that was going out :salute:

great job cards keep the fire going :rockon:

Ohio Broncos
08-29-2008, 10:16 PM
Cardinals drop a tough one to the Astros, 3-2.

Two days ago, the Cards had a huge victory that looked to be a season saver. Today, familiar problems (lack of offense, bullpen issues) reared their ugly heads as the Redbirds took an early lead only to lose it in the late innings.

The Cards led 2-0 for most of the game and Kyle Lohse was cruising through six innings. In the seventh, Lohse got the first two outs of the inning before he induced a grounder to Troy Glaus.

Glaus tried to barehand the ball, but lost the handle. So instead of ending the inning, Lohse had to pitch to another batter and gave up the tying home run.

In the ninth, Lance Berkman hit his first career walkoff homer (that's kinda hard to believe) off Russ Springer to complete the Astros comeback.

So that's another tough loss for the Cards, but there's nothing you can do but try to get at it tomorrow. Still, time is running out and this loss hurt.

Ohio Broncos
08-31-2008, 01:59 PM
Astros blank the Cardinals, 3-0.

After Wednesday's rousing victory over the Brewers, the Cards lay an egg in Houston and get swept. This sweep pretty much killed the Cards' playoff hopes as they went from 3.5 games back to 6.5 games back in a blink of an eye.

Almost every single weakness that the Cardinals have (an offense that disappears at times, mental errors in the field, an awful bullpen) was exposed this weekend.

The Redbirds head to Arizona for a three game series with the Diamondbacks. It's gonna take a monumental collapse by the Brewers for the Cards to take the Wild Card. Sorry to say, but I don't see that happening.

Sunbiz1
09-01-2008, 08:19 AM
Cards are toast. Nice run though in 08' considering the so-called experts *coughs* picked the Cards to finish near the bottom. Now, if we could just get rid of those pesky Brewers!

BTW, Happy Labor Day!


Ludwick, Pujols, Glaus, Ankiel ring a bell?:rolleyes:

How about these pitchers: Lohse, Carpenter, Wainright?:rolleyes:

I thought so!:salute:

Buckin' Bronco
09-01-2008, 01:59 PM
Astros blank the Cardinals, 3-0.

After Wednesday's rousing victory over the Brewers, the Cards lay an egg in Houston and get swept. This sweep pretty much killed the Cards' playoff hopes as they went from 3.5 games back to 6.5 games back in a blink of an eye.

Almost every single weakness that the Cardinals have (an offense that disappears at times, mental errors in the field, an awful bullpen) was exposed this weekend.

The Redbirds head to Arizona for a three game series with the Diamondbacks. It's gonna take a monumental collapse by the Brewers for the Cards to take the Wild Card. Sorry to say, but I don't see that happening.

Man so close and yet so far, we'll definitely be back next year!

GO CARDS!!!

Sunbiz1
09-01-2008, 08:26 PM
The Cards will be back, they always compete. Wish I could say the same about the Cubs these days...no offense=losses!


Man so close and yet so far, we'll definitely be back next year!

GO CARDS!!!

Ohio Broncos
09-02-2008, 10:26 PM
Cards breeze by the Diamonbacks, 8-2! :beer:

The long ball and a very strong start by Adam Wainwright contributed to the Cards putting an end to their four game losing streak.

The Redbirds jumped out in front 2-0 in the third inning when Troy Glaus cracked a two run homer. Glaus had been struggling, but Tony LaRussa decided to bat Glaus second in front of Pujols. Who knows if that move helped Glaus out, but you can't argue with the results. :thumb:

The Cardinals lead grew to 5-0 in the fourth inning when Yadier Molina hit a two run homer and Felipe Lopez followed that up with a solo shot of his own.

The Cards scored their final three runs in the sixth. The big hit was a bases loaded double by Adam Wainwright that drove in two runs. After another run scored on a double play by Skip Schumaker, the Cards were up 8-0 and were rolling.

Wainwright not only got it done with the bat. He was also lights out on the mound. He only pitched into the sixth inning, but his curveball was as nasty as I've seen it since he came off the DL. He was efficient and very sharp. And he did what an ace usually does: stop losing streaks.

Waino: W (8-3), 5.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 7 K, 1-3, 2B, 2 RBI :clap:

Glaus: 2-4, HR (22), R, 2 RBI (87)

Molina: 1-3, HR (7), 2 R, 2 RBI

Lopez: 2-3, HR (4), 2 R, BB, RBI

The Cardinals picked up a game on the Brewers and now trail them by 5.5 games in the Wild Card. The Cards wrap up the road trip tomorrow with an afternoon game with the Diamondbacks.

Ohio Broncos
09-09-2008, 09:56 PM
I missed almost a week's worth of Cards games (for various reasons), but for the record...

The Cards blew the save in the ninth and lost a heartbreaker to the D'Backs, 4-3.

On Friday, the Cards blew another save in the bottom of the ninth and ended up losing to the Marlins in 11 innings, 4-1.

The Redbirds then bounced back with wins on Saturday and Sunday winning 5-3 and 3-1 respectively. Albert Pujols hit two run homers in the first inning of each game.

Coming into Tuesday's game against the Cubs, the Cardinals trailed the Brewers by 4.5 games in the Wild Card.

Ohio Broncos
09-09-2008, 10:43 PM
Cardinals rally past the Cubs, 4-3! :beer:

The Cards were sleepwalking through another game until their MVP woke them up with one swing of the bat.

The Cubs jumped out in front 2-0 in the first inning when Derek Lee and Aramis Ramirez hit back to back RBI doubles off Kyle Lohse.

The lead became 3-0 in the third when Ryan Theriot tripled and scored on an RBI single by Ramirez.

After only managing three hits in the first five innings off starter Ryan Dempster, Skip Schumaker doubled and Aaron Miles singled on a bunt to lead off the sixth inning. Albert Pujols then came up and hit the first pitch he saw just over the wall in right center field to tie the game up.

The score remained tied at three until the bottom of the ninth. Yadier Molina led off the ninth with a single. After Molina got lifted for a pinch runner (Brendan Ryan), Felipe Lopez walked. A sacrifice bunt then put runners at second and third.

Instead of walking Izturis to load the bases, Lou Pinnella decides to pitch to him with the infield drawn in. Izturis hit a bleeder just past the pitcher. The second baseman fielded it and threw it home. Brendan Ryan made a great slide to avoid Soto's tag and score the winning run for the Cards.

Pujols: 2-4, HR (33), R, 3 RBI (98)

Schumaker: 2-4, 2B, R

Franklin: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K

Perez: W(3-2), 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H

With the Brewers losing today, the Cards pull to within 3.5 games in the Wild Card race. The series with the Cubs will continue tomorrow night.

Ohio Broncos
09-10-2008, 08:18 PM
Cubs nip the Cardinals, 4-3.

A very ugly second inning contributed greatly to this defeat.

The Cards took a 1-0 lead in the first on an RBI groundout by Albert Pujols (which scored Cesar Izturis).

In the second inning, the Cubs scored all four of their runs. Felipe Lopez had two very costly errors which led to the Cub outburst. The first error was when he failed to step on third for a forceout when runners were on first and second. Then with the bases loaded, Lopez made a diving stop on a grounder but then threw the ball into right field, scoring two runs.

Braden Looper pitched well, giving up only one earned run, but he threw many more pitches than he needed to. In the end, his defense really let him down.

Ryan Ludwick made things interesting in the ninth by cracking a two run homer (33) and pulling the Cards within one run. But then Kerry Wood got the final two outs to nail down the save.

The Redbirds fall 4.5 games behind the Brewers and into fourth place in the Wild Card standings (the Astros are on one of their pattented second half tears). The series with the Cubs concludes tomorrow.

Ohio Broncos
09-11-2008, 08:48 PM
Cubs edge the Cardinals, 3-2.

The difference in this game was pretty simple: defense. The Cubs played great defense and the Cards did not.

An Albert Pujols error helped the Cubs load the bases in the fifth inning. Todd Wellemeyer then walked in a run (his third walk of the inning), and Derek Lee hit an RBI groundout to put the Cubs ahead 2-0. The Cubs didn't have a single hit in that inning.

The lead became 3-0 in the sixth when Mark DeRosa and Mike Fontenot hit back to back doubles.

The Redbirds closed the gap to 3-2 in the bottom of the sixth when Pujols rapped an RBI double and Felipe Lopez added an RBI single.

The Cardinals had their chances to tie the game up in the final three innings. In each inning the leadoff man got on, but a lack of clutch hitting and some superb Cubs defense kept the Cards off the board.

Another frustrating loss. Out of the three runs that the Cards gave up, only one was earned. After being really strong defensively for most of the year, the defense has become an Achillies heel for the Cards.

The Cards remain 4.5 games behind the Brewers, but time is really running out. Having to leapfrog three teams to take the Wild Card lead, things look bleak. The Cards will head to Pittsburgh for a weekend series with the Pirates.

Peerless
09-13-2008, 10:16 AM
Think the Crew will choke it away?? ;)

Sunbiz1
09-17-2008, 09:16 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aka3gzfLbg4&feature=related


See Ya next year Cards fans!!!...the upcoming series means nothing.