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.