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  • #179629
    jj-cf-stl
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    Once again, that could have been the finals. Excellent series by both clubs.

    #179631
    stlcard25
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    Casper finished 2nd in the tally for total WAR, 4th in WAR/yr, 4th in team OPS+ and 5th in team ERA+. I agree, they had a very strong team, as does Peoria. The bad luck of the draw, perhaps. One thing is for sure, no one would have wanted to have to travel to Casper for a November baseball series if they had continued to advance. Talk about a home field advantage.

    #179660
    stlcard25
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    Tonight’s pitching matchup for Jamestown at Galena is Steve Carlton vs Bob Forsch. Should be a good one!

    #179661
    jj-cf-stl
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    Carlton and Forsch faced each other 9 times (after the worst trade in Cardinal history).
    Forsch posted a 4-4 record with one ND.
    Carlton went 5-4 W/L.

    #179664
    bicyclemike
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    It was announced this morning. That Bike Mike has been let go of his responsibilities as the Casper General Manager.

    Manager Johnny Keane was asked to meet with ownership on a contract extension, but out of loyalty to the deposed GM turned in his resignation.

    Management made this public comment, “We appreciate the fine job Bike Mike did in building our ball club. While we strongly feel we are a better team than the results indicate, and perhaps got a tough break here or there. But this is a results oriented organization. When the results are not there, we will not sit back and do things the same way.”

    Tough crowd that Casper management!!

    #179667
    stlcard25
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    Quarterfinal Series Game 1

    After the thrilling series between Peoria and Casper, the buzz around this finest of events is starting to get louder. All the local rags are sending their best reporters to the center of the country to get the scoop on the series between the Galena Cardinals and the Jamestown Cardinals. The weather is hot, but fine for the 4 pm start between the two sides, as a standing room only crowd funnels into Joe Becker Memorial Stadium in Joplin, Missouri. A very slight wisp of breeze helps cool the folks who forgot to bring a fan or umbrella, but surely the concessionaires will have a great haul today!

    Your lineups, brought to you by Fred & Red’s, where the only thing hotter than the chili is the Galena Cardinals lineup!

    Jamestown Cardinals
    Manager Tony Larussa

    S – Frankie Frisch, 2B
    L – JD Drew, RF
    R – Paul Goldschmidt, 1B
    R – Dick Allen, LF
    R – Scott Rolen, 3B
    L – Andy Van Slyke, CF
    R – Spud Davis, C
    R – Bobby Wallace, SS
    L – Steve Carlton, LHP

    Galena Cardinals
    Manager – Joe Torre

    S – Vince Coleman – LF
    S – Garry Templeton – SS
    L – Ray Lankford – CF
    R – Albert Pujols -3b
    L – Bill White – 1B
    R – George Hendrick – RF
    R – Tony Pena – C
    S – Red Schoendienst
    R – Bob Forsch – RHP

    Bob Forsch settles in to throw his first pitch and it’s a strike! We’re off. The top of the first is interesting, as the Jamestown Cardinals collect three hits but manage to score zero runs. Frankie Frisch leads off with a single to right, but is erased by JD Drew’s double play ball, turned slickly by Red Schoendist and Garry Templeton. Paul Goldschmidt follows with a double off the left field wall, and the Jamestown team is in business. Sadly, Goldy bites off a little more than he can chew as Dick Allen’s rocket single to center gets to Ray Lankford too quickly, and “Goldy” is thrown out at the plate, much to the joy of the home crowd. Galena’s fans are even more thrilled in the bottom of the frame as Vince Coleman works a walk from Steve Carlton. The ace lefty craftily switches his delivery speed and somehow manages to keep the speedy Coleman on first with two out. His 1-0 delivery, however, was not as carefully placed and Albert Pujols deposits it over the left field wall for a 2-0 Galena lead!!

    Scott Rolen leads off the top of the 2nd and laces a double down the left field line, putting himself in prime position to cut into the Galena lead. He manages to score on a one out sac fly by Spud Davis to make it 2-1. Carlton settles in for the second and strikes out two batters, keeping the score close. In the third, not much goes on with both pitchers collecting a grounder, a fly ball and a strikeout, the only difference being a walk on Carlton’s ledger.

    In the top of the fourth, the Jamestown trio of righties in the middle of the lineup strikes. Goldschmidt lines a single to center, then steals 2nd to place himself in scoring position. Dick Allen loops a single to center this time, and Paul scores to make it 2-2. Scott Rolen follows it up with his second double of the game, scoring Allen on a rumble from first and making it 3-2 Jamestown. With the formidable Steve Carlton on the mound, things are looking bleak for Galena. Carlton proves a difficult puzzle to solve, indeed, as he strikes out the side in the top of the fourth and strikes out two more in the fifth. Forsch, attempting to match zeroes, finishes his outing after 5 without more incident.

    In the top of the 6th, Torre goes with Danny Cox as his relief help, which proves to be a great move. The Jamestown lineup is caught flat footed and fails to record a hit for three full frames. It will be up to the Galena offense to find a way to score off Carlton. The bottom of the sixth finally brings some relief, with a two out double by Albert Pujols. Unfortunately, Carlton strikes out Bill White for his 10th strikeout of the game to end the threat. But Carlton is at 101 pitches, and Tony Larussa will have a decision to make in the 7th.

    Larussa makes the decision in the top of the 7th, with Jesse Burkett pinch hitting for Carlton. He lines out to Hendrick in right. Cox rocks the Jamestown side with his change up and they go hitless in the inning. The new Jamestown pitcher for the 7th is Jack Flaherty. Flaherty flashes his best stuff, but it is futile as the Galena side appears to have a bead on everything he throws. Jack gets two outs, but gives up three earned on two singles and two doubles. He finally gets out of the inning on a Pujols grounder, but the Galena crowd is roaring as they have taken a 5-3 lead.

    Cox carves up the Cardinals from the east once again as he finishes with three perfect innings in the sixth through eighth, preserving the lead. The bottom of the eighth brings some insurance, as Flaherty gives up a homer to Hendrick to make it 6-3 going to the top of the 9th. In comes Rick Ankiel, he of the golden arm. Rick’s curve darts into and out of the batters’ minds like a fairytale and he quickly records two punchouts. The Jamestown team’s last chance comes when he tries to sneak a fastball by Scott Rolen, who pummels it into the gap in left center, finding himself on second for the third time today. Ankiel settles down and overwhelms Andy Van Slyke with consecutive curves, each more brilliant than the last. The children at the Boys and Girls club will certainly have great dreams tonight as their team takes a 1-0 series lead.

    #179669
    kscardfan
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    Was sweating that one out. Lefty got that slider going and got on a roll. That Jamestown team is tough. Lot of baseball left. This weather could become a downer.

    #179672
    Nigel T
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    I traded in the rest of my green stamps for a new transistor radio. I’m glad I did. I would have hated to miss that game.

    #179683
    gscottar
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    It was announced this morning. That Bike Mike has been let go of his responsibilities as the Casper General Manager.

    Manager Johnny Keane was asked to meet with ownership on a contract extension, but out of loyalty to the deposed GM turned in his resignation.

    Management made this public comment, “We appreciate the fine job Bike Mike did in building our ball club. While we strongly feel we are a better team than the results indicate, and perhaps got a tough break here or there. But this is a results oriented organization. When the results are not there, we will not sit back and do things the same way.”

    Tough crowd that Casper management!!

    Mike, at least you weren’t let go for “philosophical reasons.”

    #179695
    stlcard25
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    Tonight’s matchup for Galena at Jamestown is Matt Morris vs Dazzy Vance. The recent news of Casper firing their GM and needing a new coach is sort of rocking the baseball world!!

    #179702
    stlcard25
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    Quarterfinal Series Game 2

    Jamestown, New York is the setting for our second game of the series between the home team and the visiting Galena Cardinals. Nestled in the foothills of the Alleghenies, the locals are hoping that the comedy of errors their team endured in Galena will prove a laugher on their way to a series victory. First things first…they must win this game or they’ll spend a snowy winter dreaming of what could have been. Russell Diethrick Park is ready!

    Your lineups, brought to you by AJ’s Texas Hots in concert with H Jacks Plumbing & Heating:

    Galena Cardinals
    Manager – Joe Torre

    S – Vince Coleman – LF
    S – Garry Templeton – SS
    L – Ray Lankford – CF
    R – Albert Pujols -3b
    L – Bill White – 1B
    R – George Hendrick – RF
    R – Tony Pena – C
    S – Red Schoendienst
    R – Matt Morris – RHP

    Jamestown Cardinals
    Manager Tony Larussa

    S – Frankie Frisch, 2B
    L – JD Drew, RF
    R – Paul Goldschmidt, 1B
    R – Dick Allen, LF
    R – Scott Rolen, 3B
    L – Andy Van Slyke, CF
    R – Spud Davis, C
    R – Bobby Wallace, SS
    R – Dazzy Vance, RHP

    The top of the first brings a new view for the home crowd of Dazzy Vance. Accustomed to eastern New York from his time with Brooklyn, Dazzy finds western New York equally alluring as his pitches are simply too much for the Galena batters. He records two strikeouts and a ground ball on a mere nine pitches to set down the side. Things do not go as well for “Matty Mo” in the bottom of the first. Russell Diethrick park has a deeper than normal 410 foot wall in straightaway center, with the prevailing wind blowing its typical left to right. Said wall is no match for the power of LD Drew as he turns on a 2-0 fastball and launches it 455 feet, causing the children to scramble over the grass to collect their piece of history. Those who lose out don’t have to wait long for another, as Paul Goldschmidt works a 3-1 count and guesses right on Morris’ pitch as well, lacing a liner over the center field wall and into the crowd of children once again. Morris is a little shell shocked, but manages to calm down and escape with a 2-0 deficit.

    Vance is not to be stopped, as he comes back and needs only twelve pitches to record two more strikeouts, the lone contact being a fly ball from Albert Pujols that Allen manages to corral. The Jamestown offense goes on the attack again, with Wallace working a walk and Vance with the sacrifice. Morris finds the fortitude to keep the Jamestown crowd from going wild as he intentionally walks Frisch. JD Drew obliges and grounds into his second double play of the series, 4-6-3 to end the inning.

    The third once again proves to be a difficult inning as Vance remains perfect, Pena, Red and Morris incapable of finding a hole in the defense. Scott Rolen makes a particularly good play to his left on a Schoendist screamer, leading to a tip of the cap from Red. All in good sport, gents! The Jamestown nine find themselves on the other end of a Morris shutdown themselves, as Matt gets two Ks in the bottom of the inning.

    The fourth proves equal to the third and the crowd is getting excited as Dazzy dazzles them with his sixth and seventh punchouts of the game. He remains perfect through four. Andy Van Slyke proves a difference maker in the bottom of the inning, lining a triple into the right center field gap and then scoring on a single by Spud Davis. It’s 3-0 Jamestown! The fifth continues the mastery for Dazzy Vance, who is finding this game to be a little too easy right now. His pitches are difficult for Davis even to handle, and the batters are struggling. Even the great Hombre himself can’t touch his heater when placed high in the zone…it remains 3-0 through 5, with Vance collecting 8 Ks. Jamestown continues to press, going up 4-0 just past midway, with Frisch scoring on a Goldschmidt sac fly.

    It’s the top of the sixth and Dazzy Vance has a perfect game going! Alerts begin to circulate on twitter, ESPN, the Post Journal and other new outlets that something special may be going on. Unfortunately, as is common in these circumstances, Vance hears a young boy commenting to his mother as he walks out the dugout to the mound. Realizing he’s doing something quite incredible, he hesitates for a moment. On the mound, he gets his ninth strikeout, with Tony Pena going down looking on a 3-2 pitch, the first full count of the night. Pena comments that the umpire seems to be in awe of history as well, which causes less than a little tension between the squads. It seems to break the grip that Vance has, as Red works a 3-2 count and then gets a call to go his way, ending the bid for perfection with his walk. The crowd sighs and boos, but what’s done is done. Vance strikes out Morris and it’s Vince Coleman up with two down. Coleman slaps one down the left field line! Allen is on the run and dives for it…and misses! It’s down into the corner and we are off to the races. Rarely has Jamestown seen such speed on display. In fact, you might say that you’d have to run over to Stateline Speedway for an equivalent. Nonetheless, by the time Allen even gets to the ball, Coleman is rounding third and it’s an inside the park home run! The deflation is palpable as the Galena contingent sounds off, their team pulling within 4-2. Morris finishes six innings, giving his team a chance to mount a comeback.

    The comeback will have to be off a now-energized Dazzy Vance. He will complete another frame with no more punchouts, but no base hits either. His seven innings have renewed hope for all of Jamestown. The offense faces Danny Cox. Pinch hitter Matt Carpenter frustrates him with his display of bat control, finally lining a double down the right field line. Marp, as they call him, scores on a single by Frisch to restore the lead to three runs.

    It will not get closer than this the rest of the way. Pujols doubles in the eighth off Flaherty, but is stranded at second. Ankiel comes in, but can’t stop the Jamestown momentum as they score a run in the eighth on a Scott Rolen single to make it 6-2. This is how it will end, as Tom Henke holds the Galena offense at bay without much trouble. Jamestown fans are thrilled and they hold out hope for the coming contest. It will be exciting, for sure!

    #179704
    kscardfan
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    Dazzy dazzled in this game. Cards won. Gotta be happy???

    #179705
    stlcard25
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    One thing I learned about Vance in studying for the draft (and writeups)…he was quite the strikeout artist for his day. I could see him as a Scherzer (or better) type if he played today. Of course, his rookie year came at age 31 so maybe he’d never have gotten the chance today. In 1924 he led the league in Ks…with more than the second and third place finishers combined!

    #179706
    jj-cf-stl
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    “Happy” to return to Galena?

    Good series with 6 runs for the winner each game.

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    #179713
    stlcard25
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    Tonight’s pitching matchup for Jamestown at Galena is Max Lanier vs Joaquin Andujar. Seasons are on the line!!

    #179723
    jj-cf-stl
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    For me the SP matchup favors Jamestowns Lanier, but this is the same Galena club that won a Carlton start in game 1, with Flaherty taking the loss.

    The Jamestown lineup will need better road results, but I believe they are up to the task. Galena seems better vs RHP’s so I’ll take Jamestown behind lefty Lanier for the win.

    #179726
    Nigel T
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    Andujar in a Cards uniform and Andujar in any other uni are two entirely different beasts.

    #179734
    stlcard25
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    Quarterfinal Series Game 3

    Following the first two games of this first quarterfinal tilt, the home teams have won both games. In fact, the home side has won every contest in entire playoffs thus far. Looks like “home cooking” really has been good! The good fans of the Galena club are hoping that the trend continues, while Jamestown looks to buck tradition and become the first semifinalist. The fans are all ready for our evening ballgame, to be played “under the lights” at Joe Becker Memorial Stadium. It is a mild 75 degrees at first pitch, with no breeze to speak of. A wonderful evening for baseball!

    Your lineups, brought to you by Twin Hills Golf & Country Club, where you can always “play ball” :

    Jamestown Cardinals
    Manager Tony Larussa

    S – Frankie Frisch, 2B
    L – JD Drew, RF
    R – Paul Goldschmidt, 1B
    R – Dick Allen, LF
    R – Scott Rolen, 3B
    L – Andy Van Slyke, CF
    R – Spud Davis, C
    R – Bobby Wallace, SS
    L – Max Lanier, LHP

    Galena Cardinals
    Manager – Joe Torre

    S – Vince Coleman – LF
    S – Garry Templeton – SS
    L – Ray Lankford – CF
    R – Albert Pujols -3b
    L – Bill White – 1B
    R – George Hendrick – RF
    R – Tony Pena – C
    S – Red Schoendienst
    R – Joaquin Andujar – RHP

    The first pitch of the game is on its way-and peppered down the first base line by Frankie Frisch! He scrambles into second with a leadoff double. Or was it?? The Galena faithful cry “foul,” and even Pugs and rats in the booth seem divided over whether it was in fair territory. This one is going to replay!!

    After a few minutes, Angel Hernandez walks out and waves this one foul! The Galena fans are thrilled and Tony Larussa comes out to challenge, but it is to no avail as replay has spoken. Frisch walks back to the plate and commences with his appearance. He grounds out to second. The replay becomes doubly painful after JD Drew strikes out and Goldschmidt pops a two out single to left center. Alas, he is stranded by a Dick Allen strikeout. The bottom of the first is no more welcome to Galena as they are facing the hard throwing lefty, Max Lanier. Lanier is ready for the challenge and sets the side down in order. The second inning brings more drama, with the leadoff man Scott Rolen zipping one past the outstretched glove of his fellow third sacker into left field for a base hit. The next batter is Andy Van Slyke, who slaps one high and just fair into the no man’s land in right. Rolen boldly takes off with the contact and just keeps on running, winding up rounding third and diving into home before Musial’s throw arrives. Or so it seems. Hernandez throws his arm and screams “out!!” to the cacophony of cries from the home crowd. Replay clearly shows that Rolen was safe, and Larussa erupts. Sadly, there is no changing this man’s mind and the play stands. Further salt is rubbed into the wound of the small Jamestown rooting section when Andujar gets Davis to ground into a 6-4-3 double play, stamping out any chance of a visitor’s rally. In the bottom of the second, the leadoff man is Albert Pujols, who excites the home side with a massive home run out to left field, admiring his work as the ball sails some 470 feet to give Galena a 1-0 lead. Lanier settles down and gets a strikeout of White before two consecutive ground balls end the inning without further excitement.

    The third inning brings more odd luck for Jamestown. “Perhaps they’re just doomed?”, Pugs pontificates from his perch on high. The leadoff man, speedy Bobby Wallace, singles to open the frame. Lanier sets down to bunt and the ball is popped up! Andujar pounces and makes the catch and turns to first…Wallace attempts to turn back and slips on the dirt, landing feet short of the base. He’s easily out, erasing yet another base runner for Jamestown. The inning ends with a Frisch flyout. Lanier holds his own in the bottom of the frame, keeping the game 1-0 heading to the fourth. In the top of the inning, Jamestown finally breaks through, with Drew gapping one and turning on the jets for a leadoff triple. Goldschmidt plates him with a high fly to center and it’s a 1-1 affair. The fourth would end that way as the two pitchers keep every ball in the infield, while the outfielders look like they’d be picking dandelions if the grounds crew hadn’t been so ruthless in eliminating them.

    The top of the fifth comes along and Andujar is at 62 pitches, while his compatriot is at 59. It looks like they should each be good through the sixth. Spud Davis raps a double in the fifth to threaten the Galena fans with a deficit, but he’s stranded. Likewise, White doubles in the bottom of the inning, but advances no further. The pitchers are looking good! The sixth inning commences with the leadoff man Frankie Frisch at the plate. He is locked onto Andujar’s first pitch slides a little too far inside and catches Frisch on the elbow. He shakes it off and runs to first. Apparently, Andujar thought he leaned into it and says something about it, causing some tension between the two sides. The next batter is JD Drew, who can’t lay off the slider breaking toward his feet and goes down on strikes. Goldschmidt works the count 2-1 and Frisch is leaning off first…Andujar throws over but it slips a little and rattles clean to the dugout fence as Frisch gallops to second. “Goldy” moves him over with a fly ball to right and it’ll be up to Allen to come through. That he does with a dandy of a single into center and it’s 2-1 Jamestown!! Lanier, emboldened as he’s now staked to the lead, comes out throwing strikes in the bottom of the inning. Pinch hitter Mike Shannon collects a single, but no more offense is plated in the sixth.

    As we head for the stretch, the Jamestown offense will face game one starter Bob Forsch. Forsch sets his opponents down back to back to back, leaving the score 2-1 heading to the bottom of the frame. Vance is in for Jamestown, and his fastball looks just swell. He gets Lankford and Pujols on high heat before surrendering a single to White. He then settles down to get out of the inning on a grounder. It remains 2-1.

    The leadoff man in the top of the eighth would be Vance, and Larussa makes the call to pinch hit with Burkett. It proves brilliant (for now) as Jesse doubles into the gap in right. Forsch shows some fortitude to get Frisch, but JD Drew singles in Burkett and the Jamestown team jumps for joy as they now have a 3-1 lead! The Galena fans are surely not happy that they trail, but they *are* happy to have Vance out of the game, as he has been mowing them down this series. The new Jamestown pitcher is closer Tom Henke. Henke faces off against Tony Pena, and promptly puts the opposing catcher down on strikes. Galena’s fans groan. Schoendist gives them renewed hope when he singles to left and the pinch hitter Bake McBride shakes off several good Henke pitches to draw a one out walk. Your leadoff man is Vince Coleman. Henke stands and delivers, and the ball is tapped out in front of the plate! It’s a bunt…but not your ordinary “move the runner over” bunt. Coleman flies down the line and beats the throw out to load the bases! The home fans roar in appreciation, and even the small traveling band in the visiting section has to admit that was impressive. Henke is looking a little bedraggled and facing Templeton, he will need to calm his nerves. The 2-1 pitch is poked out into center and…caught by Van Slyke. He won’t even attempt a throw to the plate so the runners tag and it’s now a one run ballgame. Larussa looks out to his bullpen and realizes that it’s now or never to make a change. Tony calls on Steve Carlton to try to clean up this mess as he faces Ray Lankford. Sweet swinging Ray looks to get a bead on the lefty’s big breaker. He takes two pitches outside before fouling off a fastball. The 2-1 is a strike. Now it’s 3-2 as Lankford’s eye is too keen to fall for the inside fastball. Here comes the 3-2 pitch…and it’s a strike! Hernandez may have been a little generous, but not many in the stadium weren’t in awe of the big sweeping “breaker” that danced clean across the zone. Torre races out of the dugout and it’s his turn to argue. Mothers everywhere cover their children’s ears in anticipation of what’s to come, but things calm down quickly.

    The top of the ninth is Jamestown’s chance to add some insurance. Rolen starts things off with a single off Danny Cox, but is promptly erased on a Van Slyke double play ball. Likewise, Davis hits one hard, but it’s right at the left fielder Coleman and it’ll be up to the big lefty to try to move Jamestown on. He will face Albert Pujols to lead things off. Albert is not someone that Carlton even wants to mess with, as he remembers the shot from game 1. Albert is carefully worked around and stands on first with a leadoff walk. Torre decides to get aggressive with the season on the line, calling for a hit and run with White at the plate. It works…sort of…as White grounds out and Pujols moves to second base. The home team is one base hit away from sending us to extra frames! Hendrick is now at the plate…he fouls off a fastball up in the zone…and a slider down and in. The 0-2 is simply too much as Carlton’s slider is buried just behind the plate, Davis jumping in front of it as Hendrick can’t lay off. 2 down now and the Jamestown fans are making as much noise as they can. Carlton is feeling the adrenaline and his first pitch hits 96…the second 97. Pena hopes to fend off the heat and is able to even the count at 1 ball and 1 strike. The next pitch is a dandy and fools Pena, making it 1-2. Carlton knows he’s in the driver’s seat and tries to get Pena to chase the next two out of the zone. He won’t. It’s now 3-2 and the home fans are on the edge of their seat. The full count delivery is in and it’s popped into left center field. Allen is on the run…he may have lost it in the lights…he is running…scanning….luckily, Van Slyke is on his horse and comes over to collect the fly ball and the victory in the game and series. The Jamestown Cardinals defeat the Galena Cardinals, 3-2.

    There is sadness in Galena, but with a team built for the long run, no doubt they will be back at it in the future. Albert Pujols famously says that he intends to hit so many dingers next year that they’ll be catching them by the bucket full in the left field stands. Jamestown has likely saved their GM from the same fate as Casper’s poor soul, as the “East Coasters” aren’t likely to tolerate an early departure. They return to Jamestown the next night to a hero’s welcome as they prepare for their semifinal series.

    Jamestown defeats Galena, two games to one.

    #179739
    kscardfan
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    Lefty what could have been. He was the difference.

    #179741
    bicyclemike
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    Paid - Annual

    Good comment gscottar! Nope, no “philosophical difference.” Unfortunately I was a bit to flamboyant though. In the interview for the job I guaranteed I would bring them a team that would go at least go to the quarter-finals of the tourney, “and more than likely will compete in the finals.”

    Management was ecstatic when I landed Stan the Man with our first pick. Then I had to go and say something like “There could not be a Cardinal championship series that did not include Musial.”

    So I had the bar set high, and when the chips fell with us finishing dead last out of the nine squads, that was it.

    Rumors have it a Yankees fantasy team is interested in Johnny Keane. Plus I hear the Mets have a possible opening at GM for one of their fantasy ball clubs.

    #179769
    stlcard25
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    Paid - Annual

    Tonight’s matchup for Game 1 between Springfield and Louisville is Cy Young vs Adam Wainwright. Should be fun!

    #179770
    Nigel T
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    Paid - Three Months

    Who had more career wins? I forget. I think it was pretty close, and Waino may get even more next year.

    #179771
    jj-cf-stl
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    Well, one pitcher is looking for his 200th win and the other has 500+. Pretty close if you close one eye and hold your hand over the other! 😉

    #179776
    bicyclemike
    Moderator

    Paid - Annual

    Cy’s WAR is out of sight. He was an early example of the evolution of the game, where it became readily apparent that bigger guys tended to be the best pitchers.

    Cy was 6’2” and 210 per BR. What would that be today, maybe 6’6” and 240? It is always intimidating facing a guy like that.

    #179777
    stlcard25
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    Quarterfinal Series Game 1

    As the first two series were thrilling and dominated primarily by the home teams, both the Louisville Redbirds and Springfield Cardinals are hoping that things will go their way in this heavyweight matchup. The teams come in well balanced, with timely hitting and solid pitching staffs. The fans of Louisville are amped to get this series started! The citizens of Louisville are packing the old Cardinal Stadium to catch Game 1…officially, 19,901 fans are in attendance. Unofficially, some 200,000 would later claim to have caught this game. It’s a lovely 76 degrees at first pitch.

    Your lineups, brought to you by Louisville Slugger (of course):

    Springfield Cardinals
    Manager – Miller Huggins

    S – Lance Berkman – RF
    R – Chick Hafey – CF
    L – John Joseph McGraw – SS
    R – Matt Holliday – LF
    L – Keith Hernandez – 1B
    R – Gene Tenace – C
    L – Solly Hemus – 2B
    R – Ken Boyer – 3B
    R – Cy Young – RHP

    Louisville Redbirds
    Manager – Whitey Herzog

    R – Bobby Bonds – LF
    L – Delino Deshields – 2B
    R – Mark McGwire – 1B
    S – Reggie Smith – RF
    R – Nolan Arenado – 3B
    S – Ted Simmons -C
    R – Eric Davis – CF
    R -Edgar Renteria – SS
    R – Adam Wainwright – RHP

    The first inning brings the home fans to their feet as “Waino” begins the game with a strikeout of his former teammate, Lance Berkman. “Uncle Charlie” is working fine as he retires Chick Hafey on a grounder to the shortstop. He then gives up a single to McGraw before he gets out of the inning on a fly ball from Matt Holliday. The bottom of the first is uneventful as well, as Cy Young gets consecutive ground balls from Bonds, Deshields, and McGwire. In the second, Keith Hernandez gets the party started for Springfield, popping a double into the right field gap. Wainwright gets Tenace looking, but Hemus raps a single into right and gives Springfield the 1-0 lead! Cy Young shows singular form in retiring the dangerous trio of Smith, Arenado and Simmons to keep the lead.

    As we move to the third, Waino is back in form, with his fastball touching 95 and his curve and change keeping the Springfield lineup off kilter. The lineup turns over and Berkman is retired on strikes yet again. Hafey flies one out into the gap, but Eric Davis flies to his right and collects the ball on the run to retire the side. Young is similarly untouchable with his slippery movement. He is generating weak grounder after weak grounder, and is perfect through three innings. Louisville is getting nervous. The top of the fourth brings a single by Holliday, but no other base runners as Waino is holding up marvelously. The Louisville crowd is looking to will their bats to get going. The first two batters of the inning can’t hold up their end of the bargain, as Young steamrolls through his 10th and 11th batter in a row. McGwire is up next. Young gets behind 2-1…he comes set and fires…and it catches too much of the plate. “Big Mac” uncorks his powerful swing and sends a rocket out to center…clean over the 405 sign and into the crowd for a tie ball game!! Young is not shaken by giving up the tying shot, and immediately retires Smith on a pop up to end the fourth.

    The pitching continues to dominate these stellar lineups in both the fifth and the sixth innings, with nary a ball threatening to land on the turf of the Cardinal Stadium outfield. Only one infield single is registered between the two clubs. Wainwright is through 6 with 8 Ks and 4 hits allowed, while Young has allowed only one hit, with two punchouts. The tension mounts in the top of the seventh, with Waino still throwing darts to keep the potent Springfield attack at bay. The leadoff batter is Hernandez, who works the count full before slipping a single past the outstretched arm of McGwire and into right field. Next up is Tenace, and Adam tries to fool him with the curve to start the at bat. Gene is ready and smacks it back up the middle to move Hernandez over to second. Wainwright paints the inside corner to get Hemus on strikes, and it’ll be up to Boyer. Ken gets in the hole 1-2, chokes up and pokes the ball to the right side…and just past Deshields! Hernandez lumbers around the bag and the throw to the plate is not in time! It’s 2-1, Springield! The next two batters go down on strikes, for good measure…Berkman for the third time today. The bottom of the inning brings the chance for Louisville to strike back. Arenado leads things off with the second hit of the game off Young, a scorcher into the corner for a standup double. The crowd is now in a tizzy, hoping that the tying base hit will come. Simmons moves the runner over with a fly ball to right. With one out, Huggins is out to talk to Young. He suggests that they walk Davis to set up the double play ball. Young is not happy, but he capitulates. Davis is now on first and Young snaps off a slippery curveball that Renteria grounds to Hernandez. Keith steps on the bag and fires to second, but Davis is too quick and makes it to second. The pinch hitter is Bobby Bonilla, who gets the count full but ultimately bounces one to Boyer, who fires over to first. It remains 2-1 heading to the eighth.

    Your reliever for the Louisville side is Jim Kaat, who will face Hafey to lead things off. Chick singles up the middle, but is caught in no man’s land on a wide turn from first. Davis’ cannon is on display as he fires to first and Big Mac tags him out. It will turn out to be the only base hit off Kaat tonight. McGraw pops up to the second baseman, and Holliday lines out to left and we are on to the bottom of the 8th. Huggins could probably stretch another inning out of Young, who is at 98 pitches, but he decides to go to the pen as well. Lefty Howie Pollet is in for Springfield. The first man up is Bobby Bonds. Bonds shows incredible patience and works the count 3-1. He fouls off the next pitch, before Pollet blinks and just misses. Bonds walks down to first as the tying run. The next man is Deshields, who can’t handle the Pollet fastball and goes down. One down. McGwire is walked, and we have first and second with one out. Smith is up, and he lines a 2-1 pitch out to left…Holliday is over and makes the catch, although it looks a little awkward and Bonds easily tags to third. Two are down and Arenado is up. Nolan loves the look of his Redbird uniform and hasn’t had much chance to show off his arm in tonight’s contest. However, he smokes one back up the middle off Pollet and into centerfield. The ball skips to Hafey’s glove and he tosses it back into the infield. Louisville has knotted the game at 2!! The crowd is going wild, and Simmons is up with a shot to give them the lead! Ted excites them further with a single to right, but the ball is hit a little too hard and Berkman makes a nice throw back in to keep McGwire on third. It’s high tension now as Huggins walks out to talk to Pollet. Howie looks like he catches his breath as Huggins walks back to the dugout after his pep talk. It’s unsure what he said, but it must have worked…Davis can’t drive the runner in as he flies out to Hafey and the ninth inning looms.

    In the top of the 9th, the Springfield side has Hernandez, Tenace and Hemus up. Kaat pounces and strikes out two of the three, the other going down on a squibber back to the pitcher. It will be the home team’s chance to win it! Edgar Renteria leads off the inning with a single between first and second. Pinch hitter Gregg Jeffries is now up and has a shot to do damage. Unfortunately, Pollet bears down and strikes him out for one down. The next batter is Bonds, who flies out to center. Finally, Deshields grounds one to McGraw, who flips to Hemus for the force out. To extras we go!!

    The new Louisville pitcher for the tenth is Jesse Haines. “Pop” shows some zip in his arm as he strikes out Boyer for the first out. The second man up is pinch hitter Jake Beckley, whose “Eagle Eye” proves true. Haines can’t get the borderline pitches and walks Beckley on a full count. Next to the plate is Lance Berkman, who’s had a rough night with three Ks already. Lance takes strike one, then strike two. He then takes a ball and then fouls off a good Haines pitch to keep himself alive. The count is evened at 2-2 when Haines throws a fastball on the inside corner. Berkman inside outs it over the head of McGwire and down toward the corner! Smith is over to try to cut it off but it gets all the way to the wall. Beckley flies around third and slides head first into home…it’s 3-2 Springfield! The home crowd goes silent as Berkman strides into second. Haines looks visibly upset that he missed his spot by maybe an inch, and paid a mile for it. Hafey is up and Haines gets him to pop up to Deshields for the second out. Holliday can’t quite get enough of the 1-2 offering to drive it out, and the ball falls into the mitt of Bonds to end the inning. The final chance for the home team is against Troy Percival, the new Springfield hurler. He faces McGwire and Big Mac can’t quite catch up to the high heat as he goes down on strikes. The pattern is repeated as Percival is on fire, extinguishing the hopes of the Louisville fanatics with two more punchouts of Smith and Arenado. Sometimes, you just can’t hit one of the best closers in Cardinals history. This is one of those nights. Springfield takes game one in 10 innings, 3-2.

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