October 3, 2012 |
SCOTT ROLEN hit a solo home run and Jay Bruce and Dioner Navarro smacked run-scoring singles as the Cincinnati Reds defeated St. Louis, 3-1, to delay the Cardinals from clinching an NL wild-card spot on Tuesday night. The Cardinals, who may have clinched if the Los Angeles Dodgers lost to the San Francisco Giants late Tuesday night, face the Reds in their regular-season finale Wednesday night. The Cardinals' Adam Wainwright (14-13, 3.94) will face Homer Bailey (13-10, 3.75 ERA)
October 2, 2012 |
JAIME GARCIA homered off Bronson Arroyo and pitched into the seventh inning, helping the St. Louis Cardinals clinch a tie for the second NL wild card and spoil Dusty Baker's return from a mini-stroke with a 4-2 victory over the visiting Cincinnati Reds on Monday night. The defending World Series champions have won 11 of 14 and led the Los Angeles Dodgers, playing at home later against San Francisco, by 2 1/2 games. A loss by the Dodgers or another Cardinals win would wrap up a playoff spot for St. Louis and a visit to Atlanta for the wild-card game Friday.
September 28, 2012 |
METS RIGHTHANDER R.A. Dickey was so close yet so far from 20 wins, faltering from fatigue and fuming he had failed to seize the moment. "About the fourth or fifth inning I felt exasperated. I was not myself today for the most part," he said. "And then I'd come out for an at-bat and I would hear this kind of growing surge, and it really was neat. I mean, I don't know if I've ever experienced something like that before. Maybe I never will again. Although I wasn't distracted from the moment, how could you not be motivated to go out there and give the fans and, well, your teammates and yourself all that you have?"
October 1, 2011 |
To Lance Berkman, this season has been about meeting, rather than exceeding, expectations. A player who came to the Cardinals as a well-worn, free-agent first baseman enters the postseason as one of the National League's most productive outfielders. A team projected to miss the playoffs following the loss of ace Adam Wainwright will begin a best-of-five division series Saturday against the five-time NL East champion Phillies. Others may be impressed. Berkman said an often-trying season has brought him and the Cardinals to an appropriate place.
September 29, 2011 |
HOUSTON - Chris Carpenter came through like an ace and the St. Louis Cardinals earned the NL wild card, beating the Houston Astros, 8-0, last night and then watching the Braves lose to the Phillies in extra innings. The Cardinals and Atlanta began the day even in the wild-card race. When St. Louis finished, the Braves were tied with Philadelphia in extra innings. Carpenter (11-9) struck out 11 and allowed two hits in his 15th career complete-game shutout as St. Louis kept up its improbable September charge.
September 27, 2011 |
Here's a compelling reason for Phillies fans to root for Tampa Bay to catch Boston in the AL wild-card race. If the Rays accomplish the feat, they can soothe a bitter memory, a little. The Rays were nine games back of the Red Sox heading into play on Sept. 4. No major-league team has overcome a nine-game deficit in September to claim a postseason berth. The closest was the St. Louis Cardinals, who trailed the Phils by 81/2 games on Sept. 3, 1964, made up the ground, and went on to win the World Series, a Phils collapse that Touch 'Em All eminence grise Don McKee can recite by rote.
September 13, 2011 |
Little-used Pedro Ciriaco became the most unlikely of opponents to damage the St. Louis Cardinals' playoff chances. Ciriaco hit a tiebreaking double to cap a three-run rally in the eighth inning and the Pittsburgh Pirates stunned visiting St. Louis, 6-5, last night, snapping the Cardinals' season-high five-game winning streak. "It's just a great feeling for him . . . after all the challenges he's had this year," Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle said of Ciriaco, sent back and forth from the minors six times this season.
September 10, 2011 |
NICK PUNTO HIT a sacrifice fly with the bases loaded in the 10th inning after Albert Pujols' two-run single tied it an inning earlier and the host St. Louis Cardinals kept their faint postseason hopes alive with a 4-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves last night. Pujols had three hits and his hit just inside the first-base line with two outs in the ninth ended Craig Kimbrel's streak of 25 consecutive saves. Matt Holliday and Lance Berkman singled off Scott Linebrink (4-3) to start the 10th and moved up on a sacrifice.
April 5, 2010 |
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September 21, 2009 |
The Los Angeles Dodgers may get a chance over the next couple weeks to find out if champagne stains come out of gray uniforms easier than from white ones. Andre Ethier hit a go-ahead two-run homer off Tim Lincecum (14-6), Ronnie Belliard added a two-run single against the reigning NL Cy Young Award winner, and the NL West leaders beat visiting San Francisco, 6-2, to go 30 games over .500 for the first time in almost 24 years. The Dodgers, who clinched the division title at home last season with three games to spare, now embark on a nine-game road trip through Washington, Pittsburgh and San Diego.