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Game Haiku – 08/11/10 – Cardinals 6, Reds, 1

Colby celebrates

his birthday with first career 
grand slam. Cards sweep Reds!

Game Haiku – 08/10/10 – Cardinals 8, Reds 4

A brawl before the 

first pitch lights a fire ‘neath
the Cards. Finally!

Game Haiku – 08/09/10 – Cardinals 7, Reds 3

Carp stares down Ryan 

for being late, or maybe 
doesn’t like his socks?

Not-So-Clean Sweep!

Wow, this was a heckuva series against the Reds.  The Cards had to rise to the occasion, and boy, did they – with hitting, pitching, and fire in the bellies.

Something about Tuesday’s brawl reminded me of this scene from The Last Detail (warning: bad language). It’s all about flaring tempers and strong words, nobody really gets hurt, but Jack gets a total feeling of exhilaration from the altercation. 

That type of adrenalin rush seems to be what happened to the Cards. After being the center of the fight with Brandon Phillips, Yadi hit a home run, and the Cards just rolled from there, right back into first place.

There’s not much to say about Phillips’ inane comments about his hatred of the Cards. It certainly wasn’t professional or very sportsmanlike. But if that’s what it took to get the Cards riled up enough to finally play with some fire, then I’m glad he mouthed off.

Now bring on the team Phillips prefers to the Cardinals – the Cubbies!

Cardinal Girl is Bad Luck

Well, it’s taken me a couple weeks to get around to writing about the games I attended on the Cardinals’ recent ugly West Coast trip. I guess I was just in mourning since they lost all 3 games I attended (2 in LA, 1 in Phoenix).  Maybe I’m bad luck. Or more likely, Dave is bad luck, since the Cardinals lost every game he’s attended with me. But then, I only brought him to 2 out of the 3 games, so I guess the blame falls on me.  

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First, I attended the Cards v Dodgers game on June 8, a pitchers’ duel between Kuroda and Carpenter. It was a tense one, but the Cards came up short. Then I saw them lose to the Dodgers on June 9. Anyway, I still had fun at Dodger Stadium and enjoyed the dodger dogs.  And there were a lot of Cards fans in attendance to commiserate with when the Cards got swept.
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Then, we went to Phoenix for the weekend to celebrate Dave’s birthday with his family, which conveniently coincided with the Cards’ visit to Chase Field.  I picked the June 12 game to attend, which was the worst of the three, with Adam Ottavino getting shelled and Dan Haren pitching like an ace.  
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I enjoyed the visit to Chase Field and was able to score the best tickets I’ve had for a game, other than Spring Training.  We were about 12 rows up from the field, just near the Cards’ dugout and a little beyond first base. Dave brought his camera and I spent a lot of the game shooting pics.  You can check out all my pics here.  It was a nice, surprisingly cool night in Phoenix and they left the roof open.  
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All teams have their slumps, and even the mighty Pujols has one now and again. I just wish the Cardinals’ slump hadn’t coincided with my rare opportunity to see them. My next in-person game will be July 22 in St. Louis against the Phillies, so you might want to place your bet on the Phillies now. 

Game Haiku – 06/13/10 – Diamondbacks 7, Cardinals 5

The agony of 

the walk off! Cards’ comeback marred 
by Chase Young’s homer.

Game Haiku – 06/12/10 – Diamondbacks 7, Cardinals 2

My first trip to Chase 

Field is marred by a shaky
Ottavino start. 

Game Haiku – 06/11/10 – Cardinals 5, Diamondbacks 2

Brendan Ryan pulls 

up his socks and pulls out of 
his slump: three-run shot. 

Game Haiku – 06/09/10 – Dodgers 4, Cardinals 3

Ludwick shows power, 

but Wainwright doesn’t quite have 
his good stuff. Dodgers sweep.

Game Haiku – 06/08/10 – Dodgers 1, Cardinals 0

Tense game. Carp is sharp, 

but Kuroda is bolder.
Broxton shuts the door. 
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