April 1, 2014 |
THE PREVAILING narrative about Jason Mott is that he's an overnight success. Mott's debut novel, The Returned - about people who mysteriously return from the dead and the reaction to their reappearance - was adapted into the hit ABC TV series "Resurrection. " But that story doesn't include the five manuscripts Mott shopped around before The Returned hit it big, or Mott's tenure as a Verizon customer-service rep after graduating from the creative-writing program at the University of North Carolina, which allowed him to work days and write at night.
March 31, 2014 |
Lucille and Harold never quite recovered from the loss of their son Jacob, who drowned on his eighth birthday. Now in their 70s, they have spent nearly half a century dealing with their regrets, their guilt, their anger. Then one day Jacob shows up at their door - still 8 years old. That's the heartrending premise of Jason Mott's best-selling debut novel, The Returned , an intimate portrait of scores of men, women, and children who inexplicably return from the dead. Released in August, it was issued in paperback Tuesday.
October 18, 2012 |
ST. LOUIS - Carlos Beltran limped to the trainer's room, taking the St. Louis Cardinals' biggest clutch October bat with him. Turns out they had the perfect substitute. Matt Carpenter hit a two-run homer after subbing for Beltran and the Cardinals chased Matt Cain before a 3 1/2-hour rain delay in the seventh inning of a 3-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday night for a 2-1 NLCS lead. Beltran strained his left knee running out a doubleplay ball in the first innings; the Cardinals said he is day to day. Kyle Lohse worked around a season-worst five walks in 5 2/3 innings.
October 15, 2012 |
SAN FRANCISCO - This time, Carlos Beltran, David Freese and the St. Louis Cardinals took a six-run lead - and held onto it, barely. Beltran and Freese hit two-run homers and these wild, wild-card Cardinals beat the San Francisco Giants, 6-4, on Sunday night in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series. The defending World Series champions took an early 6-0 cushion and made it stand up. Only 2 nights earlier, the Cardinals came back from a 6-0 deficit, using a four-run rally in the ninth inning at Washington in the deciding Game 5 of the Division Series.
October 13, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - The Washington Nationals signed former Phillie Jayson Werth to show them how to win. His game-ending homer on Thursday extended their surprising season. Werth led off the bottom of the ninth inning by driving Lance Lynn's 13th pitch into the left-field stands to give the Nationals a 2-1 victory over the defending World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals and force a Game 5 in their NL division series. As he circled the bases, Werth raised his right index finger in a "No. 1" gesture, while the announced crowd of 44,392 roared with delight.
October 7, 2012 |
Two balanced and battle-tested teams are ready to meet in Game 1 of the National League division series. The Washington Nationals, the No. 1 seed in the NL, and the St. Louis Cardinals, the last team to qualify for the postseason, will clash in Game 1 of the best-of-five series Sunday afternoon. Want offense? The Nationals ranked second in the league in home runs with 194. The Cardinals ranked first in hits and on-base percentage, second in runs scored, and batting average. Want pitching?
August 29, 2012 |
MATT HOLLIDAY hit a tiebreaking home run and Kyle Lohse won his eighth consecutive decision, leading the St. Louis Cardinals to a 4-3 victory over the Pirates in Pittsburgh on Monday night. Holliday led off the sixth inning with his 24th homer, a drive to rightfield off A.J. Burnett that put St. Louis ahead for good at 3-2. Lohse (14-2) pitched five innings and threw 83 pitches before being lifted following a 34-minute rain delay in the top of the sixth. He allowed two runs and five hits while striking out three and walking none.
October 29, 2011 |
ST. LOUIS - Pushed to the brink, the St. Louis Cardinals saved themselves. A frantic rush to reach the postseason on the final day. A nifty pair of comebacks in the playoffs. Two desperate rallies in Game 6. Turns out these Cardinals were merely gearing up for a gigantic celebration. The Cardinals won a remarkable World Series they weren't even supposed to reach, beating the Texas Rangers, 6-2, in Game 7 on Friday night with another key hit by hometown star David Freese, the Series MVP, and six gutty innings from Chris Carpenter.
October 28, 2011 |
ST. LOUIS - David Freese homered to lead off the bottom of the 11th inning, and the St. Louis Cardinals forced the World Series to a Game 7 by rallying from two-run deficits against the Texas Rangers in the ninth and 10th before winning, 10-9, on Thursday night. Freese hit a two-run triple just over a leaping Nelson Cruz to tie the score, 7-7, with two outs in the ninth inning against Neftali Feliz. Then, after Josh Hamilton put Texas ahead with a two-run homer in the 10th off Jason Motte, Ryan Theriot hit an RBI groundout in the bottom half, and Lance Berkman tied it, 9-9, with two-out a single.
October 21, 2011 |
ST. LOUIS - Jason Motte and the St. Louis Cardinals' bullpen failed to hold on this time, allowing the Texas Rangers to tie the World Series at a game apiece on Thursday night. With the Cardinals on the verge of winning the first two games, Motte allowed consecutive singles to open the ninth inning, and sacrifice flies by Josh Hamilton and Michael Young lifted the Texas Rangers to a 2-1 victory at Busch Stadium. In a virtual repeat of the opener, pinch-hitter Allen Craig put the Cardinals ahead with a seventh-inning single off Alexi Ogando.