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.
Looper shuts out Bucs
and Rolen, Pujols, even
Wilson get key hits
- War is Over – I was excited to read in today’s Post Dispatch that TLR and Scott Rolen have patched up their feud. Did the talks end with Rolen banging a cleat on the table? Nah, It sounds like it was a pretty easygoing resolution. I guess they realized their contracts were both long enough that it would be tough to just pretend the other didn’t exist a la junior high. We definitely need these guys to see eye to eye in order for a healthy clubhouse vibe, so this is great news.
- Let’s chirp – I’ve added new chat functionality to the sidebar. If it works, it should tell you when I’m online and you can send me a msg and I’ll respond.
- Jupiter, Here I Come – My dad and I are flying to Jupiter on Thursday and I’ll be seeing my first game on Friday. Check back for coverage and photos. I can’t wait!
With a career high
7 RBIs, Rolen
powers Cards to win.
Pitching duel ends with
Walk-off single from Scottie.
Phew! Cards win series!
Yesterday was my first trip to the new stadium, and I love it! It’s such a huge improvement over old Busch. I know I should probably be nostalgic for that stadium, since I saw many Cardinal games there and many Gridbird games too (my dad shared season tickets), but I always thought it wasn’t very well-suited to either sport. Maybe that’s because I almost always had upper deck seats and the players looked like tiny ants. Yesterday, I splurged for an infield box seat about 15 rows from the field and a little behind 3rd base. It was awesome to be that close to the action, even if there wasn’t much action, at least not from the good guys.
I didn’t venture up the escalators, but I walked around the perimeter and was impressed at the variety of food stands, the martini bar, the creative installation of the old manual scoreboard in the hallway, the family fun pavilion, and the shops. I love the openess of the stadium, the various viewpoints for standing room patrons, and the view of the Arch. And taking Metrolink to and from the game was a breeze. I was entertained on the way down, sitting next to a mom with her 3-year-old daughter. The kid was already a Cards fan and had memorized the names and numbers of most of the starting lineup! Her favorite player? "Goochi! 99!"
I don’t have a whole lot to say about the game. Reyes just wasnt sharp. I felt like I was watching the all-star home run derby the way the Reds were knocking them out of the park. Sosa didn’t impress either. I was glad Tony removed Reyes early when we still had a chance to come back, but Arroyo was just too tough.
I took some photos but left my camera’s USB cord in LA, so I’ll have to wait to upload them til I get back to LA next weekend. At least we got the win today (yay Rolen!) and won the series. Things are lookin’ up.