February 5, 2022 at 7:59 pm #179795
The Tuesday night game at Miller Park. Cards jump in front early and then continue to pile it on. St. Louis up 9-1 after five innings. Then things get interesting.
Milwaukee plates five runs in the 7th to make it a 9-6 game. Wainwright lasted 6.1 innings before giving way to Helsley. And Helsley gave up a couple of runs as well. In the St. Louis 8th a two out double by Carlson and then an rbi single by Arenado gave the Cards a little extra breathing room at 10-6.
Going to the last of the 9th, Brebbia is on. He retires Grisham but then back to back homeruns by Grandal and Yelich make it a 10-8 game. In comes Martinez for the save and a two out walk to Thames brings up Cain as the tying run. But Cain flies out to Bader in CF to end it. WHEW………
10-8 St. Louis your happy final. Wainwright was just good enough to get the win, he improves to 9-8 on the year. Martinez his 13th save. Arenado his 29th and Goldschmidt his 26th on the year. The Wednesday afternoon matinee will have Flaherty and Lyles oppose each other. Cards now sit 77-54 on the year.February 6, 2022 at 1:48 pm #179807
Flaherty and Lyles in the Wednesday afternoon matinee in Milwaukee. And the Cards strike first. A two run homer by Goldschmidt, his 27th, puts St. Louis up 2-0. Milwaukee comes back with a two out walk to Yelich and a rbi double by Hiura to make it a 2-1 game. And that would be the last hit that Flaherty would surrender in this one. Lyles is almost as good for the Brewers. The Cards don’t score again until the 8th when Arenado smacks his 30th dinger of the year to make it 3-1.
Still 3-1 going to the last of the 9th. Flaherty is removed and Tyler Webb comes on. Top of the order for the Brewers in Grisham, Grandal, and Yelich. Cain pinch-hits for Grisham and grounds out to DeJong. Then Webb walks Grandal and Yelich, putting the tying runs on base. Carlos Martinez comes on and he promptly walks Hiura to load the bases. Thames then bounces one to Edman at 2ndbase and they get the force at 2nd but Grandal scores to make it 3-2. 1st and 3rd with two outs and Ryan Braun is up and Martinez fans Braun to end the game. Another WHEW……..
Flaherty gets the win, he is 15-5 on the year now. Martinez his 14th save. Cards are 78-54 on the year now. After two days of rainouts the Reds and Cards will play back to back doubleheaders at Busch on Saturday and Sunday. Bauer and Wacha in the first game on Saturday afternoon.February 6, 2022 at 3:54 pm #179811
One out away. The Cardinals were one out away from a win in the top of the 9th.
Leading 4-3 heading to the top of the 9th. Webb is on to face VanMeter but Senzel pinch-hits and walks. Votto then flies to center. In comes Martinez for the two out save. A single by Suarez puts men at 1st and 2nd and then Aquino flies to Carlson in RF for the 2nd out. Just one out away. But Freddy Galvis singles into RF to tie the game.
Reds get a run in the top of the 10th. Barnhart doubles to LF and Jose Martinez mis-plays the ball and Barnhart ends up at 3rd. A single by Farmer brings him home and the Reds take a 5-4 lead to the last of the 10th and have Raisel Iglesias on the mound for the save. Carlson, Arenado, and Goldschmidt all strikeout and that’s that.
5-4 Reds in Game One of the Saturday DH. Brebbia takes the tough loss. Carlson his 19th dinger and DeJong his 23rd. Cards sit 78-55 on the year and the 2nd game will see Sonny Gray and Daniel Ponce de Leon on the hill.February 6, 2022 at 5:52 pm #179816
In a back and forth game the Redbirds laid claim to victory in the nightcap of the Saturday doubleheader at Busch against the Reds. 7-6 in 10 innings was your happy final.
Gray and Ponce de Leon. Cards had a 3-0 lead but the Reds plated two runs in the 6th to cut it to 3-2 on homeruns by Aquino and Iglesias. Then the Reds plate two more runs in the 7th to jump out in front 4-3. The Redbirds tied it 4-4 in the 7th but once again the Reds plated two runs, this time off of Andrew Miller to take a 6-4 lead. And once again St. Louis rallies with two runs in the home half of the 8th to tie the score at 6-6.
It’s still 6-6 heading to the last of the 9th and Stephenson is on for Cincinnati. Top of the order for the Redbirds. Munoz and Carlson single and then Carpenter lays down a perfect bunt and beats it out for a hit to load the bases with nobody out and Goldschmidt coming up. Victory is in sight, but……Goldy grounds one right to Farmer at 2B and he fires home for the force and Barnhart’s relay to 1st is in time for the doubleplay. O’Neill then strikes out to send us to extra innings.
Gallegos sets the Reds down in order in the 10th but only after Galvis narrowly misses a homerun to RF that Carlson hauled in up against the wall. In the bottom of the 10th, against Amir Garrett, DeJong legs out a triple with one out. Bader then lofts a flyball to LF and DeJong tags and trots home for the game winner!
7-6 St. Louis in 10 innings. Gallegos the win in relief, Garrett the loss for the Reds. Reds and Cards split extra innings wins in the Saturday doubleheader. Now it’s September 1st and the call ups are available for the Sunday DH. Mahle and Hudson in the opener.February 7, 2022 at 11:08 am #179836
Don’t know where to begin regarding this one. Game One of the Sunday doubleheader against the Reds. Mahle and Hudson.
Mahle was on his game. He goes 7.1 innings, allows three runs, strikes out 12, walks 2. Hudson was done after six, giving up 3 runs, 5 hits, 4 strikesouts, but he walked 6.
Reds lead 3-1 as the Cards bat in the home half of the 7th. Lane Thomas pinch-hits and nails a sole homerun to make it 3-2. Then in the last of the 8th, with two outs, against Lorenzen, Tyler O’Neill clubs his 11th dinger of the year. It’s a two run drive to put the Cards up 4-3 heading to the 9th!
So Carlos Martinez comes on and Derek Dietrich pinch-hits for the pitchers spot. Boom, homerun by Dietrich and we are tied 4-4. Then with Votto on 1st and one out Aquino slams another homerun to put the Reds up 6-4 as we head to the last of the 9th.
Raisel Iglesias is on for the save, but after a walk to Bader the Cards pinch-hit Matt Wieters. And Wieters homers to RF to tie the game 6-6!
The Cards had the bases loaded and one out in the last of the 10th but Munoz and Bader both went down on strikes. Still tied 6-6 heading to the last of the 11th and Stephenson is on for Cincinnati. Paul DeJong comes off the bench and hits his 24th homerun of the year to win it for the Cardinals!
7-6 St. Louis the final. Webb goes two innings for the win. Too many heroes on both sides in this one. The Reds and Cards have played the first three games of the Saturday and Sunday doubleheaders and all three games have went to extra innings. Imagine that.
The final game will see Castillo and Gant on the hill.February 7, 2022 at 1:51 pm #179837
And the Cards take the 2nd game of the Sunday doubleheader against the Reds. Redbirds win going away 8-1. Gant made it through six innings in this one to pick up the win. Goldschmidt nails two homeruns, his 28th and 29th. He now takes over the team RBI lead 94-92 over Arenado. Edman his 18th dinger in this one in the 7th off of Amir Garrett.
Record is now 81-55 and the San Francisco Giants come to Busch for a four game set starting Monday night. Beede and Mikolas in the opener. Mikolas needs to go at least seven innings in this one as the bullpen is shot after back to back doubleheaders.February 7, 2022 at 6:33 pm #179844
Giants in St. Louis to start a four game series on Monday night. Beede and Mikolas in this one.
Cards erupt for five runs in the 5th to take a 7-4 lead and go on to win this one 10-4. Carlson his 20th, O’Neill his 12th, and Arenado his 31st. Arenado now trails Goldschmidt in the RBI race 94-93.
Mikolas gets the game ball in this one. After those grueling back to back doubleheaders on Saturday and Sunday against the Reds he managed to hang in there and go eight innings for his 8th win of the year. Wasn’t real pretty, but he got the job done. Helsley threw the 9th in relief.
Cards sit 82-55 now and the Tuesday game will see Rodriguez and Flaherty on the hill. Hopefully the Cardinal bullpen is rested now.February 8, 2022 at 2:02 pm #179862
Gerald Williams…….Dead At The Tender Age of 55.February 9, 2022 at 3:44 pm #179885
Rodriguez and Flaherty in the Tuesday night game at Busch. On paper the Cards have the advantage here but Rodriguez proves everyone wrong.
The Giants plate two runs in the 2nd aided by two walks by Flaherty and an error in LF by O’Neill. Then in the 5th Stephen Vogt nails a two run homer to make it 4-1 Giants. Rodriguez ends up going six innings, one run, 5 hits, 2 strikeouts, and one walk. Estevez, Moronta, Dyson and Smith close it out for San Francisco.
5-2 Giants the final. Cards fall to 82-56. Flaherty drops to 15-6 on the year. The Wednesday night game will see Bumgarner and Wainwright on the mound.February 9, 2022 at 7:08 pm #179896
The Wednesday night game, Bumgarner and Wainwright. And Waino throws a complete game! Cards go on to win this one 7-3. They jump on Bumgarner with three runs in the 1st on a three run homer by Goldschmidt, his 30th on the year. He now leads the rbi chase 97-93 over Arenado. Molina his 5th on the year in the Redbird 4th.
Only the 2nd complete game of the year. Record improves to 83-56 and the Thursday afternoon game will pit Logan Webb and Michael Wacha against each other. Then it’s off to Pittsburgh for the final time, a three game weekend series.February 9, 2022 at 10:56 pm #179901
Jeremy Giambi……..Dead At The Tender Age of 47.February 10, 2022 at 3:51 pm #179924
And the Giants take the Thursday afternoon matinee by the score of 5-1. Wacha lasted six innings but he didn’t exactly have his best stuff. Paul DeJong homers for the 25th time on the year for the lone St. Louis run. Logan Webb went 6.1 innings and picked up the win. Brandon Crawford his 10th homerun of the year in the 2nd to get the scoring started.
Cards fall to 83-57 and now head to Pittsburgh for a three game weekend series. Hudson and McRae in the Friday night opener at PNC Park.February 10, 2022 at 5:20 pm #179925
Redbirds take the Friday night opener at PNC Park against the Pirates by the score of 10-3. Hudson lasted seven innings, allowing 3 runs, 5 hits, 2 strikeouts, and 3 walks. Helsley and Miller finished it out. Tyler O’Neill his 13th dinger of the year in the 3rd.
The Saturday night game will see Miles Mikolas and Steven Brault on the hill. Cards sit at 84-57 and the magic number is currently six (6) – I think. And a correction – Goldschmidt leads the team RBI chase over Arenado 97 to 94, not 93.February 10, 2022 at 7:01 pm #179928
Mikolas and Brault in the Saturday night game at PNC. And things don’t go well for Mikolas and the Cards.
Mikolas only lasted 3.2 innings before giving way to Gant. At the end of four innings the Pirates are up 5-0 and Brault is on his game. Cards had a chance in the 6th. Edman and Carlson singled and after a visit to the mound by Ray Searage, the Pirates pitching coach, Arenado steps in with a chance to do some damage. And he promptly grounds into a 643 doubleplay that killed the rally.
Pirates win this one 5-0. Mikolas falls to 8-9 on the year. Cards only managed three hits against Brault and three Pirate relievers. The Sunday game will see Flaherty and Agrazal on the hill.February 11, 2022 at 3:16 pm #179943
The Sunday afternoon game at PNC Park. Last game of the year against the Pirates here in 2019. Flaherty going for win #16 on the year. Agrazal on the hill for Pittsburgh.
And the Cardinal offense is stagnant again. Pirates had a runner cross the plate in the 2nd to take a 1-0 lead and it stays that way through six innings. But then the Cardinals come alive in the 7th. Back to back doubles by O’Neill and Molina chase Agrazel. Clint Hurdle brings on Holmes out of the pen and DeJong greets him with his 26th dinger of the year, giving the Cards a 3-1 lead. Arenado’s two run homer in the 8th, his 32nd on the year, makes it 5-1 St. Louis. Goldschmidt now leads Arenado in the RBI department 97 to 96.
Cards win 5-1. Gallegos and Martinez close it out. Flaherty improves to 16-6. Record stands at 85-58 on the year and after the off day on Monday we will begin a three game set in Colorado against the Rockies at Coors Field.February 13, 2022 at 12:46 pm #179979
After a couple of off days due to high school basketball play has resumed. And unfortunately for the Cardinals, it was at Coors Field in Colorado.
The Rockies pound Wainwright and Cardinal pitching to the tune of 10-1 in the Tuesday night opener. Wainwright only last 3+ innings, 6 runs, 9 hits, 4 strikeouts, 2 walks. Ponce de Leon didnt fare much better in his two innings of relief.
Anyway, on to the Wednesday night game. Cards sit 85-59 and the magic number is five. Wacha and Senzatela on the hill in the next game.February 13, 2022 at 3:00 pm #179981
And Coors Field is living up to it’s reputation. The Rockies pound on the Cardinals pitching staff for the 2nd day in a row and win this one 8-5.
Wacha and Senzatela. Things got started bad when Arenado was hit by a pitch in the first and had to leave the game. Cards took a 2-1 lead in the 3rd but the Rockies came back with five runs in the home half of the 3rd and took a 6-2 lead. A pinch-hit single by Jose Martinez in the 5th made it 6-3 and then Edman was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to make it 6-4. After the Edman HBP homeplate umpire Pat Hoberg warned both benches.
Rockies go on to win this one 8-5. Goldschmidt homered in the 9th, his 31st on the year. He now leads Arenado in the RBI chase 98-97. Dakota Hudson will be on the hill for the Thursday matinee and he will be opposed by Peter Lambert. Cards sit 85-60 and the magic number remains at five.February 13, 2022 at 5:34 pm #179984
And once again, another Coors Field Special. But this time the Redbirds come away with the 12-10 win in 13 innings!
Arenado has now passed Goldschmidt in the RBI race as he knocked in his 101st run of the year in the two run 8th that tied the game. This one saw Hudson only go four innings. Followed by Helsley, Miller, Gallegos, Webb, Martinez, and Brebbia, who pitched the last of the 13th for his 2nd save of the year.
The Cards did make four errors in this one, three of them by pitchers. Which included two errors in the 7th inning by Gallegos alone.
86-60 on the year and now we return home to face the Milwaukee Brewers for a three game series at Busch. If you will recall Christian Yelich fouled a ball off his knee and broke a bone down in Miami and didn’t play for the remainder of the 2019 season. And at one point late in the 2019 season Milwaukee won 18 of 20 and got into the Wild Card game.
Houser and Mikolas in the opener. Magic Number is four.February 14, 2022 at 2:24 pm #179997
And the Brewers hot streak continues. They eke out a 2-1 win. It was tied 1-1 in the top of the 8th and Milwaukee had the bases loaded and two outs when Cain grounded one to Arenado at 3rd. And Arenado booted it for an error to let the go-ahead and eventual winning run in. That was Nolan’s 10th error on the year.
Cards faced Hader in the last of the 9th. It was Arenado, Goldschmidt, and O’Neill. Arenado fanned, Goldschmidt fanned, and O’Neill flied to Grisham in RF to end it.
2-1 Milwaukee the final. Mikolas went 7.1 innings and was saddled with the loss. He falls to 8-10 on the year. Cards now sit 86-61 and the Saturday night game will see Lyles and Flaherty on the mound. Goldschmidt did knock in the only St. Louis run with a sac fly, his 100th rbi of the year. He now trails Arenado in the RBI chase 101-100.February 14, 2022 at 3:29 pm #179999
And Milwaukee continues their winning ways with a 5-2 win in 11 innings over the Redbirds. It was Lyles and Flaherty in this one.
No score in the last of the 5th when Arenado’s two out, two run single puts the Cards up 2-0. Flaherty is rolling until Eric Thames nails a two run homer in the 7th to tie the game 2-2. It stays that way until the 11th and Gant is on for St. Louis, his 2nd inning of work. An rbi double by Braun and then Thames 2nd homerun of the year makes it 5-2 Brewers. Hader comes on for the save in the last of the 11th and walks Arenado and Goldschmidt to lead off the inning. But O’Neill fans, Bader fans, and Molina grounds to Arcia for the force to end the game. The Cards didn’t get a hit after the 5th inning as the Brewer relievers shut them down.
Cards fall to 86-62 and the magic number is still four. The Sunday game will see Anderson and Wainwright on the mound.February 14, 2022 at 7:28 pm #180003
Redbirds slow down the Milwaukee juggernaut in this Sunday afternoon game by the score of 5-3. Anderson and Wainwright.
No score in the last of the 5th. Cards strike first and plate a couple of runs aided by a throwing error by Brewers pitcher Anderson. In the St. Louis 6th Arenado slams his 33rd dinger of the year, a two run shot to make it 4-0. Cards plate another run in the 7th on a stolen base by Goldschmidt and a two out rbi single by Molina past Thames at 1stbase.
Trailing 5-0 in the 8th the Brewers rally for three runs, thanks in part to three walks by Webb and Martinez. 5-3 to the 9th and the Brewers won’t go away. Grisham and Grandal reach but then Martinez settles down and retires the next three hitters.
Wainwright goes 7+ innings and notches his 11th win, Martinez his 15th save. Arenado his 33rd dinger and now he sits at 105 RBI’s on the year. Cards now sit 87-62 and the magic number is now three. The Washington Nationals come to town for a three game set. Strasburg and Wacha in the Monday night opener.February 15, 2022 at 12:20 pm #180028
Calvin Jones……Dead At The Tender Age of 58.February 16, 2022 at 3:53 pm #180046
Nationals in St. Louis for a big three game weekday set beginning Monday night, September 16th. Strasburg and Wacha.
Washington plates a run in the 1st and the Cards come back with a couple in their half of the 2nd. Juan Soto’s three run homer in the 3rd puts the Nats up 4-2 and from that point Strasburg is on cruise control. It’s still 4-2 Washington heading to the last of the 9th and Dave Martinez has Tim Hudson on for the save. The St. Louis 9th plays out like this:
O’Neill’s liner narrowly eludes Rendon for a single into LF.
Molina doubles down into the LF corner and O’Neill flies home to tie the score 4-4! Flaherty then pinch-runs for Molina at 2ndbase.
After a visit to the mound by pitching coach Paul Menhart DeJong flies to shallow CF.
Then Harrison Bader slams a two run homer to win it for the Redbirds!
6-4 St. Louis the final. Miller pitched the 9th and got his 2nd win of the year. Bader his 16th dinger of the year. Cards sit 88-62 on the year and the magic number is one to tie, two to clinch. Corbin and Hudson in the Tuesday night game coming up.February 16, 2022 at 6:37 pm #180053
Patrick Corbin shuts down the Cardinals on five hits. He goes the distance and the Nationals take the Tuesday night game at Busch by the score of 5-0. Hudson was on the hill for St. Louis and he only last 2+ innings.
Asdrubel Cabrera got the scoring started with a 2nd inning homerun. Then the Nationals plated three more in the 3rd to chase Hudson. Ponce de Leon, Gant, and Webb pitched great in relief but the Cardinal offense couldn’t muster anything against Corbin.
88-63 now, magic number still at two. The Wednesday afternoon game will see Max Scherzer and Miles Mikolas on the hill.February 17, 2022 at 3:40 pm #180066
Game #152, Nationals at Busch to face the Cardinals. Scherzer and Mikolas. And it was quite the pitchers duel as Mikolas was up to the challenge.
Nationals plate a run in the 1st. Turner singles, steals 2nd, and scores on an rbi single by Anthony Rendon. 1-0 Washington after one.
It’s still 1-0 Washington in the Redbird 6th when Tommy Edman nails his 19th homerun of the year off of Scherzer to tie the score 1-1.
Mikolas goes eight innings, allows one run, 7 hits, 5 strikeouts, and walks nobody. Scherzer went seven innings, allows one run, 3 hits, 12 strikesout, and one walk.
In the last of the 12th it’s still tied 1-1. Knizner had replaced Wieters in the 11th and he leads off with a walk from Guerra, the 6th Nationals pitcher. Bader beats out an infield hit and then Ryan Helsley’s spot is up. And Helsley lays down a perfect sac bunt to put runners at 2nd and 3rd with one out. Manager Davey Martinez elects to intentionally walk Edman to load the bases for Carlson. And Carlson lifts a flyball to medium left. Knizner beats Soto’s throw home and the Cards walk it off in 12 innings!
2-1 St. Louis the final. Helsley his 2nd win of the year. Cards are now 89-63 on the year and have clinched a tie with Milwaukee. The magic number for the division title is now one. Time to head to Chicago for a four game weekend series with the Cubs at Wrigley. Flaherty and Hendricks up first.
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