Chris Duncan kicks it
into high gear with triple,
powers big inning
I got it! I got
it! Whoops! Duncan drops pop foul,
opens door for Nats
Cain’s no hitter turns
into free for all, as Dunc
ignites comeback win
Wow, what an exciting game today! It reminded me of the playoffs last year – when the Cards had a "never say die" attitude. They just kept coming back today and eked out the victory. It sure feels good to actually win a series at Wrigley for a change.
Almost everyone contributed on offense today, which was necessary since Wainwright gave up 7 runs (can’t totally blame him though…the wind was not his friend). It was great to see Edmonds get his first homer. Kennedy ripped a double that brought in 2 runs. Duncan hit a homer. Pujols hit the game-winning 3 run homer in the 10th. But I’d have to give star of the game honors to Scott Rolen who went 5 for 6, a new career best for him.
The Cards handed the ball to Izzy with a 2-run lead in the 9th, but he allowed the Cubs to tie the game. I won’t sound the alarm bells on Izzy for that one – the Cubs scored those runs on a crazy pop up that appeared to be foul then drifted back into play and just out of reach of several Wilson, Miles, and Pujols who were all giving chase.
The Cubs broadcasters pointed out something curious: The Cards have scored 10 runs or more for the 3rd consecutive Sunday.
Sunday, Aprl 8 – 10 runs in 1 game
April 9 – 14 – 9 runs in 4 games
Sunday, April 15 – 10 runs in 1 game
April 16 – 23 – 12 runs in 6 games
Let’s hope we can break the pattern and keep the run production going strong this week.
I was excited to get back to LA yesterday and flip on the TV and discover that MLB Extra Innings was back on In Demand. I promptly called Time Warner and ordered the package, so now I get to enjoy all the games this season without having to switch to DirecTV!
The good vibes kept up throughout the weekend as I watched today’s game and saw the Cards go on an offensive rampage. What a relief to see Pujols jack two homers and get 5 RBIs! Let’s hope this means he’s back to his old self. Also thrilling was the terrific defense by our outfield. Preston Wilson atoned for his 2 errors in the opening series vs the Mets with a spectacular running catch, and the usually shaky Duncan also made an acrobatic grab. And with the wind whipping around, no fly ball was a gimme today. Duncan also homered and raised his avg. to .412!
The last bit of excitement this weekend was a star sighting – my dog briefly met Jake Gyllenhaal’s dog at a sidewalk cafe in Venice.
Duncan’s pinch hit home
run earns Cards the victory
and a series sweep!