October 2006

Underdogs Again

Well, Game 6 didn’t go the way we Cardinal fans hoped.  I can’t fault Carp – he pitched great. Giving up 2 runs shouldn’t be a gamebreaker.  Maine just seemed to have our number tonight.  We’d get runners on base, but we couldn’t bring them home.  The team seemed flat to me, until that 9th inning rally.  Maybe it was that red-eye flight.

Even with Suppan on the mound, we’re underdogs in Game 7.  The Mets will be fired up, and their fans will rock Shea harder than the passing 7 trains do.   We’ve just got to stay focused and keep the spirit, heart, and determination that got us to Game 7, and we’ll have a good chance to win. 

No matter what happens tomorrow night, I’m proud of this Cardinal team, and I want to give a shout out to both the Cards and the Mets for playing so hard and putting on a great series, full of surprises (homers by Suppan and Taguchi?). We certainly proved we belong in the playoffs and can contend with the best of the NL (even if some would say "best of the NL" is an oxymoron).

I can’t fault Tony’s managing at all in this series but I do have one suggestion for tomorrow night – how about starting Taguchi in left field, Wilson in right, and Spiezio at 3rd.  I know Rolen got a double at the end of the game tonight, but I just think he’s too wounded to contribute what we desperately need tomorrow – RBIs.   

I’m going out of town tomorrow through Monday to be in a friend’s wedding this weekend, so I may not be able to blog, but I’ll definitely be watching tomorrow (and hopefully this weekend if we can take care of business!). 

Game Haiku – 10/19/06 – Mets 4, Cards 2

John proves to be Mets’
Maine man, blanking Cards. So’s hit:
too little, too late.

Game Haiku – 10/18/06 – Cards 4, Mets 2


Weaver stays cool and
faces down formidable
Mets lineup. Cards win!

Game 5 – Live Blog

Top of the 7th

OK, sorry I’m so late.  I had organized a work happy hour and it ran longer than I expected, but I kept up on the score thanks to friends with blackberries.  And I heard Dunc’s homer on the way home!  i’m so stoked that Weaver came through with another stellar performance…hope we can finish it off for him.

Great job by Kinney.  Now we just need 6 more outs. 

Bottom of the 7th

Pujols grounds out.  Encarnacion walks. Rolen pops out.  Edmonds walks, after a wild pitch advances Encarnacion to 2nd.  The stage is set for Belliard to be a hero, but he grounds out on the first pitch.  OK, just 6 more outs…come on, boys!

Top of the 8th

Yes – Beltran strikes out!  That’s a huge out.

Delgado gets an infield single. Double by Wright – and only one out.  Time for a pitching change. Flores comes in and gets Green to fly out.  Great play by Edmonds to charge the ball and intimidate Delgado from running home.  You can’t underestimate the importance of having Edmonds back in centerfield – moments like that really emphasize it. 

If I had a rally towell, I’d be biting on it just like all those fans in the stadium. WooHoo – Wainwright comes in, gets Valentin to strike out lookin’!

Bottom of the 8th

A one-out triple by Miles, and we fail to get the run home.  That leaves me with an ominous feeling.  I don’t know why Eckstein didn’t try the squeeze again after it failed the first time, or at least hit a sac fly.  At least we get to face the bottom of the Mets order.

Top of the 9th

Chavez grounds out. One away.

Floyd grounds out to Pujols. The race for the bag made me a little nervous, but two gone!

Reyes strikes out!  Cards win!! Great gutsy relief from Wainwright, our novice closer.  And you can’t say enough about Jeff Weaver – he might be the series MVP! 

Rain Out, Recap, and Live Blog on Tuesday

No game tonight due to rain.  I think this is good.  First of all, I have to go out tonight so I was going to have to avoid the score all night and then stay up late watching it on tivo.  Secondly, I think we need a day off to recuperate from last night’s drubbing. 

My main problem with last night’s game was the early removal of Reyes.  He wasn’t a world-beater, by any means, but he was doing okay and had only given up 2 runs, a mere 1/6th of the runs scored last night against us.  The bullpen looked scarily like it looked during most of the season – weak.  It made me wonder if some magic spell had worn off. 

On the plus side, I liked that Edmonds and Molina came back and hit home runs right after the Mets blew up the score to the point where the 10-run-rule would have been called in little league.  It shows that the team is still fighting.  I really do like our chances from here on out if we can get good performances from Weaver, Carp, and Supp (or at least 2 out of 3). 

I plan to live blog during Tuesday’s game, once again probably won’t be starting til the 3rd inning or so due to work. 

Game Haiku – 10/15/06 – Mets 12, Cards 5

Potent Mets lineup
capitalizes on the
Cards’ bullpen collapse

Game Haiku – 10/14/06 – Cards 5, Mets 0

Supp’s on!  Trachsel’s off. 
Spiezio thrills fans wearing
fake red soul patches. 

Game 3 – Live Blog

Top of the 1st

Well, Detroit hath swept the As.  Wouldn’t it be great if buddies Leyland and La Russa could face off in the World Series?

Suppan gets Delgado to dribble it back to the mound, stranding Beltran at 2nd.  Phew. Cards escape the 1st without giving up a run.

Bottom of the 1st

Lead-off single by Eckstein, breaking his hitless streak for the NLCS.  It would be great if he could get hot.  Doh! picked off.

Pujols singles! 2 on, 1 out. 

Another triple for Spiezio! 2 runs score!!  Good attempt by Green but you have to be Edmonds to make a diving catch like that.  Spiezio has had such a great attitude all year, ever since he dyed his Imperial red to show how excited he was to be a Cardinal.  It doesn’t surprise me that he’s coming through big.

Molina strikes out lookin’.  Whatever that pitching coach said to Trachsel must have been good.  Hate to see us leave the bases loaded but glad we’re up 2-0.

Top of the 2nd

1,2, 3 for Suppan.  Looks like he’s on his game tonight. If he was jittery, we’d have seen signs by now.

Bottom of the 2nd

Suppan homers!  Unreal.  Gooch was hard to believe, but Suppan??

Eckstein walks. Wilson singles off Trachsel’s leg.  Ouch.  Eckstein hustles over to third.  Nobody out!

Pujols walks. That’s Trachsel’s 5th walk tonight. I’m surprised the Mets don’t have anyone warming up in the bullpen.  Bases are now loaded for Jimmy. 

Darren Oliver comes in to replace the injured Trachsel.  Wild pitch scores Eckstein!  Jimmy grounds out, but gets an RBI as Wilson comes home.  5 – 0 Redbirds. 

Spiezio grounds out, fails to get Pujols home.  We forgive you, Scott.  It’s funny to see all the fans with their fake red Imperials in honor of Scott.

Rolen grounds out. Pujols stranded.

Top of the 3rd

Steven Tyler is at the game.  Odd to get a celeb sighting in St. Louis, but Aerosmith is playing UMB Bank Pavilion tomorrow night.

Reyes triples, but Suppan gets a strike out to end the inning.

Bottom of the 3rd

Belliard singles.  Molina narrowly misses a homer.  That would have been fun.  Suppan bunts.  I’d let him swing away given his last appearance.  Eckstein pops out to end the inning.

Top of the 4th

Another quick inning for Suppan.  He’s still on his game.   

Bottom of the 4th

Pujols singles, but nothing else happens.  Oliver has looked solid for the Mets in relief.  There was a slight smile from Tony during that interview.  He’s got to feel good about how things are going now and how Suppan is pitching, but he’s right that with the Mets dangerous lineup even a 5-run lead isn’t enough to relax.

Top of the 5th

By the time I got a load of wash (or as we say in Missouri, "warsh") in, the half-inning was over.  Great work, Supp!

Bottom of the 5th

Nice to see Rolen get a hit.

Poor Steven Tyler is apparently getting mobbed by Cardinals fans made bold by Budweiser, so we’re told the Stadium honchos moved him to a more secure area behind home plate.

Nice play by Reyes to grab Molina’s line drive. Glad Rolen was alert and didn’t get doubled off 2nd.

Top of the 6th

Wow, what a play by Rolen – bare-handed grab of the high hopper and gunned to first.  Even when he’s struggling offensively, it’s tempting to keep him in the lineup for that gold glvoe defense.

Bottom of the 6th

Nice interview with Larry Suppan, Jeff’s dad.  Funny to hear he has superstitions just like the players do – he doesn’t eat when Jeff is pitching.

Top of the 7th

Still nothing happening for the Mets.  Steven Tyler gets badgered again by stadium officials and is made to sing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame."  Sorry, Steven, it’s not like a Laker game.  When we get a celeb in the crowd in St. Louis, we get a little over-excited.

Bottom of the 8th

Took a break to walk the dog.  His name is Edgar, but some call him Whitey.  Glad to see the shutout is still in place – great work, Jeff!  Funny shot of Jeff’s dad eating now that Jeff is out of the game.

Top of the 9th

Kinney comes on in relief.  Reyes flies out. One away.

Lo Duca flies out. Two away.  Fans are on their feet.

Fly ball by Beltran. Edmonds on the run makes a great catch.  That’s a winner!

Feels great to take a 2-1 lead in this series. I certainly didn’t expect a shut out, but Suppan was masterful.  Cards are firing on all cylinders…I can’t wait for tomorrow’s game. 

Game Haiku – 10/14/06 – Cards 9, Mets 6

Gooch and Spiezio
come through! Tony lives up to
nickname: La Genius

Game 2 – Live Blog

Top of the 4th

6:25 PM (PST) – OK, finally home. It took me 45 mins to go 4 miles because it’s raining in LA. Angelenos can’t drive in the rain.  Let the live blogging begin.

I love how Eckstein runs hard to 1st base when he gets walked. He’s so Scrappy, he’s like Scrappy Doo. Except he’s not annoying like Scrappy Doo.

Woohoo – Eckstein steals and takes 3rd on LoDuca’s errant throw!

Dang – Duncan strikes out.  I hope he’s not falling victim to the pressure of being in the NLCS.

Thoughts on the game so far:  I’ve been watching via Gameday and then listening on the radio on the way home.  I got deja vu with Carp having a rocky 1st inning and then the Cards battling back in the top of the 2nd.  I still kind of thought we could have gotten another run or two once we had the bases loaded with nobody out, but I’ll take the 2 we got.  I love that Jimmy homered – we so need him to be hot right now. 

Bottom of the 4th

Mary (Haiku of the Week winner) – Could Tony pile any more Cardinal clothing on? Perhaps some accessories – a Cardinals tongue stud or nose ring?

Stylish glove flip by Belliard – not fast enough to get the double play with Reyes running. Two down.

Carp looks like he’s settling down a bit. Phew.

Top of the 5th

Bradford has such a strange delivery – practically dragging his knuckles on the ground. 

Nice hit by Jim, but he didn’t quite get enough of it. 

A 1-2-3 inning from the middle of our order – that’s, shall I say, sub-obtimal. 

Bottom of the 5th

Beltran grounds out to Albert. Like Toni Braxton, I can breathe again.

Home run Delgado.  Sigh.

Single by Green. I hate to say it, but I think we gotta get Carp out of there.  He’s Atlas, but he’s shrugging.  You can only carry the weight of a team for so long.

Valentin flies out.  2 down.

OK, nice finish to the inning by Carp. Chavez grounds out and we’re only down by 1. 

Top of the 6th

2 down, but a base hit by Molina.  J-Rod to pinch hit, so the Mets are making a pitching change.  I hope J-Rod does something creates some fodder for his blog

OK, nothing to blog about there – that at-bat was briefer than one of my haiku blog entries.

Bottom of the 6th

Hancock coms into the game. A walk to Reyes. I’d like to see him attempt to steal and challenge Molina.

Double for Lo Duca and Reyes scores.  FOX informs us that 16 innings of scoreless pitching for our bullpen comes to an end.

Flores comes in. Great play by Belliard! Makes up for previous error, which I wouldnt have dubbed an error. For a big guy, he’s really agile.

Top of the 7th

Nobody on base for Pujols again.  It’s disheartening. 

These commentators are being awfully hard on Albert. Dude is just waiting for his pitch. I hope his single shuts them up. Come on, Jimmy!

Edmonds gets walked.  Come on, Speizio!

Yes! Spiezio comes through with a 2-run triple.  It appears the umps made the ri

ght call, and that it wasn’t a home run.  Tie game.  La Genius made the right call in benching Rolen today.

Bottom of the 7th

No matter how this one ends (well, OK, it does matter), I like the way we’re battling back tonight. Quid Pro Quo all the way.

Jim Edmonds compared to Kelly Leek of The Bad News Bears? I don’t think so…but there was an interesting story about Jackie Earle Haley, the actor who played Kelly in the LA Times recently.

Top of the 8th

Heilman pitching. Single by Molina – his 3rd hit tonight!

Gutsy at-bat from Eckstein but he can’t quite finish it. 

Bottom of the 8th

Delivery guy’s here – Dinner break

Top of the 9th

Taguchi homers! I’ll have to admit I was questioning TLR when he replaced Duncan with Taguchi in the last inning.  I just am not sure that Taguchi is that solid of a defensive outfielder anymore, and I thought we’d have a better shot with Duncan batting in the 9th.  So that’s what TLR is the manager and I’m the blogger. 😉

Pujols doubles, with some smart base running.  Spiezio comes through again!  9 – 6 Cards!!

Bottom of the 9th

Johnson strikes out Delgado – nicely done. One away.

Great play by Rolen – diving catch and he gets him. Two away.

Ground out – That’s a winner!  It’s a huge win for the Cards – now we get to play 3 in STL. Time for me to relax with a frosty Busch – oh wait, they don’t sell Busch in LA.  Bud will have to do. 

%d bloggers like this: