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  • #179555
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    Lost the middle game to the Cubs by the score of 8-2. Wainwright wasn’t very good in this one, he lasted 5.2 innings. Schwarber a two run homer in the 2nd and Baez a killer two out two run single in the 4th that put the Cubs up 6-1.

    Record is 60-47 now and the Thursday night game will see Jon Lester and Jack Flaherty on the mound. Then the Cards head out west for a quick two games with Oakland then to Dodger Stadium for three games with the Dodgers. In a tough part of the schedule at the moment.

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    Tremendous action, Rat! I hope some of you took advantage of the nice little wagering tip on the Houston game, compliments of your’s truly, and substantially beefed up your net worth. Big game for Flaherty & Co. as our boys look to win the series vs their arch rivals. Hey Rat it’s Wednesday……Amish restaurant (Gasthof) day……. let’s get a recap por favor.

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    Flaherty and the Cardinals continue to struggle. Cubs come away with a 3-1 win in this one. Lester was at his best as he somehow struck out 17 St. Louis batters. Yep, you read that right, 17 strikeouts. The only run the Cards could muster was a two out homerun in the last of the 9th by Harrison Bader.

    60-48 the record and now we head out west for five tough games. Two at Oakland and then three in Los Angeles against the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. We better get things turned around or we might be watching that NL Central title disappear on us.

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    I forgot to add that in the above game the Cardinals turned a triple play! Javier Baez lined into a triple play in the Cubs 5th. Bryant on 2nd and Rizzo on 1st and they were off with the pitch and Baez lined out to DeJong who stepped on the bag and fired to Goldy for the triple play. Those things are rare, believe me.

    #179578
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    Out to the west coast for five games in five days. First up, two games in Oakland against the A’s. And the Cards prevail 2-0 in ten innings to take the opener!

    Dakota Hudson and Mike Fiers both were almost unhittable. Hudson went 8 innings and allowed only one hit while striking out five. The only hit was in the 8th inning, a slow roller up the 3rdbase line by Jurickson Profar that neither Hudson or Wieters could make a play on. That turned out to be the only hit Oakland got the entire game.

    No score in the 10th when Matt Wieters slugged a two run homer off of Blake Treinen and that was all the runs St. Louis needed. Gallegos pitched the 9th and Martinez rounded back into form, setting Oakland down in order in the 10th including two strikeouts.

    61-48 now and the Sunday game will see Mikolas and Roark on the hill.

    #179597
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    Sunday afternoon. Oakland Coliseum. Mikolas and Roark.

    Cards go in order in the 1st and then after almost being no-hit the day before the A’s string together five straight hits off of Mikolas. After a visit to the mound he settles down somewhat and manages to escape the 1st only allowing four runs. 4-0 Oakland after one.

    But the Redbirds claw back. Tyler O’Neill’s 9th dinger of the year in the 2nd and then Arenado’s 24th in the 3rd make it a 4-3 game. Then Tommy Edman slams his 12th of the year in the 5th, a two run drive that puts St. Louis on top 5-4 and chases Roark from the game.

    Both bullpens are good the rest of the way. Mikolas managed to go seven innings before giving way to Tyler Webb in the 8th. Martinez had the 9th, but not without a two out scare. Piscotty’s long flyball to left was caught up against the wall by O’Neill to end the game.

    5-4 Redbirds the final. Record improves to 62-48 on the year and now it’s time to head to L.A. to face the Dodgers for a three game set at Dodger Stadium. Wainwright and Gonsolin in the Monday night opener.

    #179611
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    Cards win the opener at Dodger Stadium by the score of 8-4. Wainwright wasn’t at his best but was good enough to earn his 7th win of the year. He went 6.1 innings, 4 runs, 6 Ks, and 2 walks. He gave up homeruns to Pedersen and Bellinger but the Cards answered with big flys of their own from DeJong, Arenado, and Edman.

    Wainwright got the win and Miller and Brebbia closed it out. Gonsolin took the loss for the Dodgers. Redbirds sit 63-48 now and the Tuesday night game will have Wacha and Kershaw on the mound.

    #179613
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    Kershaw and the Dodger bats are too much for Wacha and the Cardinals in the middle game. Bader’s 13th homerun of the year with two outs in the 2nd was the only rally for St. Louis. The Dodgers kept threatening against Wacha but he always managed to escape, including a bases loaded nobody out jam in the 4th where the Dodgers failed to score.

    But in the 5th it finally catches up to him. A bases loaded double by Will Smith cleared the bases and then in the 6th against Gant the Dodgers plate four more runs and go on to win this one 7-1. The Cardinal pitchers allowed ten walks in this one.

    63-49 now and next up will be Flaherty and May in the Wednesday afternoon matinee at Dodger Stadium.

    #179617
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    Jack Flaherty and Dustin May in the rubber game at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.

    And the Cardinals improve their record to 64-49 with a big 6-2 win over the Dodgers to take the series. Goldschmidt’s 20th dinger of the year in the 4th, a two run drive, puts St. Louis on top to stay 2-0. After a leadoff triple by Tommy Edman in the 5th both Carlson and Arenado strikeout but Goldy saves the day with an rbi single to make it 3-0.

    The Dodgers threatened in the 7th. The first two reached against Flaherty so Tyler Webb was summoned and he promptly walks Bellinger to load the bases. But Seager bounces one back towards the mound and Webb pounces to get the force at home. Then Chris Taylor pinch-hits for Beatty and Gallegos is brought on. And Taylor bounces into a 5-4-3 twin killing to end the threat.

    Then in the St. Louis 9th, with Kenley Jansen on to get an innings work, Yairo Munoz, Harrison Bader, and Andrew Knizner hit back to back to back homeruns to make it 6-0! Yep, three in a row. Helsley comes on for the 9th and gives up a two run homer to Muncy but that was it.

    6-2 Cards the final. Flaherty gets his 11th win on the year against 4 losses. Redbirds return home to face the Pirates on Friday night. After the Thursday off day it will be Archer and Gant on the mound.

    #179626
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    Cards take the opener against the Pirates by the score of 8-2. DeJong’s 22nd dinger and Goldy’s 21st were the big blows. Gant lasted 4.2 innings and gave way in the 5th to Ponce de Leon who recorded one out for the win. Record improves to 65-49 now and the Saturday game will see Musgrove and Hudson on the hill.

    Redbirds have now won 5 of 6 and hopefully can keep the hot streak going.

    p.s. we are expecting a ton of snow and ice starting Wednesday thru Thursday here in SW Indiana. Me and Whitey Herdog might get snowed in.

    #179630
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    And in one of the more exciting games of the year the Cards down the Pirates on Saturday night at Busch by the score of 1-0.

    Musgrove and Hudson in this one. Hudson is coming off his near no-hitter at Oakland. And Musgrove retires the first nine hitters and there was no score through three innings. Edman leads off the 4th with a double and Arenado drives him home with a double off the left-center wall, his 78th rbi of the year.

    Hudson made it through 7.1 innings but the Pirates had runners at 1st and 2nd in the 8th with one out. Webb was summoned out of the bullpen and induces Frazier to foul out to Knizner, who had entered in a double-switch. Then Webb hits Reynolds to load the bases and bring Marte up. Carlos Martinez comes on for, hopefully, the four out save. With the game on the line, bases loaded, two out, Martinez retires Marte on a groundball to Arenado at 3rd to end the threat. Martinez then gets Bell to lead off the 9th but walks Osuna. Colin Moran then hits a taylor made grounder to Edman and the Cards turn the 4-6-3 DP to end it.

    1-0 Cardinals the final. Hudson his 10th win of the year, he improves to 10-2 on the year. Martinez his 10th save. Before the game the Cards placed Jose Martinez on the IL and called up Lane Thomas. Thomas will make his debut in the Sunday afternoon game at Busch. It will be Brault and Mikolas on the hill.

    #179663
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    And in perhaps the most exciting game of the year it’s the Pirates and Cardinals from Busch on a hot Sunday afternoon. Brault and Mikolas.

    Josh Bell’s 27th homerun of the year in the 2nd puts the Pirates up 1-0 early. In the Pittsburgh 4th two out rbi singles by Cabrera and Moran make it a 3-0 Pittsburgh lead.

    It stays that way until the last of the 9th. Clint Hurdle summons his closer, Vazquez, on for the save. Here’s how the Redbird 9th transpired:

    Thomas – HBP
    Knizner – strikeout
    Edman (pinch-hitter) – single to left
    Munoz – grounds slowly to SS and the runners move up.
    Carlson – doubles to right center to make it 3-2, Thomas and Edman score.

    Hurdle then removes Vazquez and brings in Crick to face the right handed hitting Arenado.

    Arenado – walks
    Goldschmidt – BOOM! A two out three run homer and the Cards prevail 5-3 in wild fashion with five runs in the last of the 9th!

    5-3 Cards the final. Gallegos gets the win in relief. Record improves to 67-49 now and it’s on to Kansas City for a quick two game series. Flaherty and Sparkman in the Tuesday night opener.

    #179665
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    Cards win their 8th game in the last nine as they shutout the Royals by the score of 6-0. Flaherty goes 7.1 innings before giving way to Helsey in the 8th. Arenado’s 26 dinger of the year along with a two run double were the big blows. He now has 81 rbi’s on the year. Flaherty improves to 12-5 on the year.

    Record improves to 19 games over .500 for the first time this year at 68-49. The Wednesday night getaway game at Kaufmann Stadium will see Wainwright and Keller on the mound.

    #179699
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    Redbirds win the final game at Kansas City by the score of 7-2. Wainwright gets the win. A big three run homer by Tommy Edman in the 8th was the big blow.

    Then the first game at Cincinnati saw Hudson and Gray on the mound. And it turned out to be the pitchers duel of the year. Cards win the game 1-0 with the only run of the game scoring on a 2nd inning double by Paul DeJong. Hudson threw a complete game shutout. 9 innings, 0 runs, 2 hits, 12 Ks, and 2 walks. In real life in 2019 he only went past 7 innings once. And Gray went 8 innings, 1 run, 3 hits, 13 Ks, and 1 walk. At one point in time Gray had retired 18 straight St. Louis hitters.

    That’s 7 wins in a row and 10 wins in the last 11 games. Record sits at 70-49 now and the Friday night affair at GABP will see Mikolas and Castillo on the mound.

    #179703
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    In another nail-biter, the Redbirds win streak reaches eight with a 3-1 win in 10 innings at Cincinnati.

    Mikolas and Castillo. Another pitchers duel. No score in the last of the 7th when Jesse Winker pinch-hits with two outs and Tucker Barnhart on 3rd. And Winker singles to leftcenter to give the Reds a 1-0 lead.

    Winker had pinch-hit for Castillo so Michael Lorenzen has the 8th for the Reds. And with one out Bader drills his 15th homerun of the year to tie the game 1-1.

    To the top of the 10th, Raisel Iglesias on the mound now for Cincinnati and Tyler O’Neill greets him with his 10th homerun of the year. Later in the inning a two out rbi single by Edman makes it 3-1. Martinez gives up an infield hit in the last of the 10th but induces Suarez to ground out and Aquino to fly out to Bader in center to end it.

    3-1 Redbirds the final. Gallegos gets his 8th win of the year in relief. Martinez his 10th save. Thats eight wins in a row now and 11 of the last 12. Wacha and Desclafani in the Saturday night game coming up next.

    #179708
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    Winning streak comes to a halt. Reds pound the Redbirds by the score of 10-3. Cards can’t do anything right. Errors by Goldschmidt and Edman in the 7th help the Reds put the game out of reach. Goldy did hit his 23rd dinger of the year in the 1st but the Reds came back with two in the 2nd and 3rd. After that it was all Cincinnati.

    71-50 now and the Sunday afternoon matinee will see Flaherty and Alex Wood on the hill.

    #179709
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    Now it’s time to go and check out the ice and then the snow that is heading our way. 4 to 8 inches starting early tomorrow morning and all through the day on Thursday. Might get a handful of Strat games in the next couple of days if me and Whitey Herdog are snowed in!

    #179731
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    Flaherty and Wood in the Sunday afternoon game. And it’s all St. Louis in this one.

    Cards strike for five runs in the 1st. A two run homer by Goldschmidt, his 24th, and Matt Wieters 8th are the big blows. Wieters nails his 2nd homerun of the game in the 3rd, his 9th on the year. Flaherty is on top of his game and surrenders only one run, a 5th inning homerun to Galvis. Cards go on to take this one by the score of 9-1.

    Flaherty improves to 13-5 on the year. Record now sits at 72-50 and it’s time to head home for a three game set with Milwaukee starting Monday night at Busch. And on a side note, in the rbi chase, Arenado currently has 84 and Goldschmidt 82.

    #179733
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    Milwaukee in town for a three game set. Davies and Wainwright in the Monday night opener. And things don’t go very well for the Redbirds.

    Cards jump out to an early 3-0 lead. In the Milwaukee 4th Keston Hiura homers and then the Brewers plate two more runs in the 5th to tie the game 3-3. The Brewers threaten again in the top of the 6th and load the bases with Grisham due up and one out. Miller is on in relief and he fans Grisham. But Grandal nails a grand slam homerun to put Milwaukee up 7-3. A homerun in the 7th by Thames makes it 8-3 Brewers. Redbirds close the gap in the last of the 8th on a three run homer by Lane Thomas but Josh Hader slams the door in the 9th to preserve the win.

    8-6 Brewers. Wainwright takes the loss, he falls to 8-8 on the year. Cards are now 72-51 and next up will be Gio Gonzalez and Dakota Hudson.

    #179738
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    Redbirds take the middle game of the three game set by the score of 4-0. Once again Hudson was on top of his game, going 7 innings, no runs, 3 hits, 5 Ks, and 2 walks. Gallegos and Webb had the 8th and 9th. Goldschmidt his 25th dinger of the year and he is now tied with Arenado for the team lead in RBI’s at 83. I had previously reported that Arenado had 84 RBI’s but it was actually 83.

    The rubber game will see Adrian Houser and Miles Mikolas toe the rubber. Cards sit 73-51 on the season now.

    #179744
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    And the Brewers take the rubber game of the three game set by the score of 7-1. Milwaukee plated four runs in the 9th off of Brebbia and Miller to break it open. Molina finally got off the schneid and launched his 2nd homerun of the year in this one. Mikolas took the loss in this one.

    73-52 now and Colorado comes to town for a four game set. It will be Marquez and Ponce de Leon in the opener on Thursday night.

    #179772
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    Cards take the first two games against Colorado at Busch. 5-0 in the Thursday night game with Ponce de Leon going five innings for the win. And 7-2 in the Friday night contest as Jack Flaherty notches his 14th win of the year, he is 14-5 on the year now. Flaherty’s ERA is now 2.73. Hudson is 12-2 on the year with an ERA of 2.63. The Cardinals hit five homeruns in the Friday night game. Two each by Edman and Arenado and Molina’s 3rd dinger of the year.

    Record now sits at 75-52. Next up will be the Saturday night game that will feature Gonzalez for the Rockies and Wacha for the Cardinals.

    #179774
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    Redbirds lose a tough one. Trailed Colorado 5-1 heading to the last of the 8th. Wieters slams his 11th homerun of the year, a 2 run drive, that cuts the lead to 5-3. In the last of the 9th against Rockie’s closer Wade Davis the Cards rally. But the Redbirds got a tough break when Bader’s long drive bounced into the bleachers for a ground rule double and Flaherty had to stop at 3rd. Flaherty had pinch-run for Wieters, who had walked. Molina comes up and he walks to load the bases with one out, trailing 5-4.

    So, with at least a tie in sight and perhaps a win Edman grounds slowly to McMahon at 2ndbase and he forces DeJong at home for the 2nd out. Lane Thomas then comes up and goes down on strikes to end it.

    5-4 Rockies the final. Wacha takes the loss. St. Louis sits at 75-53 and the Sunday after game will see Senzatela and Hudson on the mound.

    #179778
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    Cards win the Sunday game 5-3 and take three of four from the Rockies. Hudson wasn’t at his best but he did last 5.2 innings, good enough for his 13th win of the year. St. Louis got all five runs in the first inning off of Senzatela and the Rockies couldn’t recover. Colorado got a run in the 4th and two more in the 6th but that was all. Brebbia, Gallegos, and Martinez nailed down the win for Hudson.

    76-53 now and it’s off to Milwaukee for a three game set at Miller Park against the Brewers. Mikolas and Gonzalez in the Monday night opener.

    #179791
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    Cards lose the first game at Milwaukee by the score of 4-3. Redbirds had a 3-2 lead heading to the last of the 8th but an infield hit by Hiura tied the score and a critical two out error by Munoz at 2ndbase kept the inning alive. Hernan Perez’s two out single off of Andrew Miller (Gallegos and Martinez weren’t available since they pitched in the last two games) knocked in the winning run. Hader gave up a leadoff walk to Carlson leading off the St. Louis 9th but then fanned Arenado, Goldschmidt, and O’Neill to end it.

    Cards fall to 76-54 on the year. The Tuesday night game will see Adam Wainwright and Adrian Houser on the hill.

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