Duncan’s pinch hit home
run earns Cards the victory
and a series sweep!
Wow, that was an exciting game tonight! I turned it on after watching American Idol (see my other blog for my weekly Idol recaps). It’s great to see a quality start from Randy Kiesler. Of course we will miss Carp while he’s on the DL (thankfully it looks like he won’t need surgery just rest for arthritis and an impingement), but I do feel good about all the quality starts we’re getting from the rest of the staff.
In the top of the 9th, with Eckstein on second and Duncan on first, Pujols hit a long fly ball that would have gone out if things were going better for El Hombre. Still, it was good enough to advance both runners. Then Spiezio came to the plate, still recovering from yesterday’s bout with food poisoning, and smacked a single into right field to bring home the two runs and tie the game.
Thompson caused stress by getting into trouble in both of his innings, but he managed to recover and pitch his way out of jams. Hopefully, this appearance will do wonders for his confidence and he can get back to the world-beating form we saw in spring training.
In the 12th, with the bases loaded, Schumaker hit a shallow fly to left and Oquendo had Bennett tag up and head for home. A good throw would have got him, but Bay’s throw was a bit off-center and the catcher made a late tag and then dropped the ball. Cards take the lead 3-2, and Izzy got the save. Of course he walked the lead-off man just to make things interesting.
Looper shuts out Bucs
and Rolen, Pujols, even
Wilson get key hits
It always amazes me how the awesome Cardinal fans can turn surly so quickly. I half-expected to hear some radio call-in folks demanding that Albert be traded due to his very slow start this week. But luckily, Sir Albert snapped out of it today with a homer and a hit, and Scott Rolen also had two hits.
The offense has certainly been weak, with the exception of today’s 10-run blitzkrieg in Houston. Only Duncan is off to a hot start. Obviously, we aren’t going to win many games putting up just 1 run.
Pitching brought some highs and lows this week. The big concern is Carpenter and his inflamed elbow. The latest news is that the swelling returned after his workout yesterday and he’s now been scratched from Tuesday’s lineup (who will take his place? Joaquin Andjuar may be available.). The thought of Carpenter being out for an extended period of time is terrifying, but at least Wainwright and Wells have been performing like aces-in-waiting.
So, I’m not inclined to panic. Yes, we got swept by the Mets, but we took the series from the Astros in Houston, and I’m confident this ship will right itself.
I’m in St Louis this week, home for Easter, and thinking about going to Friday’s game if it warms up a bit. This is the coldest Easter I remember. Kids were finding it hard to pick up easter eggs with their mittens on today. Lots of bobbling in the field, kinda like we saw from Preston Wilson this week.
Wells dominates, and
Pujols homers; a good end
to a rough first week
Cards’ bats, which were already
mute. Time to speak up.
In first start, Wainwright
rocks. He and Yadi turn squeeze
into double play.
Swept. Can’t fault Looper.
Too bad we can’t give the loss
to Preston Wilson.
The glare from the new
World Series rings must have caused
those 2 big errors.