June 24, 2014 |
ST. LOUIS - For three-and-a-half innings, the Phillies appeared to be on the verge of a win that would have forced you to change the adjectives you used to describe their road trip. At the start of the day, it was successful. But after roaring out to a three-run lead and raising the possibility of flying back to Philadelphia having won six of seven games against the Cardinals and the Braves, it was starting to look stunning. Then, things unraveled. The Cardinals exploded for four runs in the fourth inning, added another in the sixth, and held on for a 5-3 win that salvaged a split of the four-game series at Busch Stadium.
July 25, 2013 |
ST. LOUIS - Truth is, there is more than one way to build a World Series contender in the new economic landscape of major league baseball. A quick look at the Cardinals' 4-1 dispatching of the Phillies at Busch Stadium last night might have tempted you to conclude otherwise, but the easy narrative is not always the proper one. Or, at least, not the complete one. Without a doubt, the method behind the Cardinals' considerable success this season...
July 9, 2013 |
St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina, the National League's all-star starter, thinks his ailing right knee might benefit from a little rest after an MRI exam showed only inflammation. He's hopeful of being back in the lineup Tuesday to face the Houston Astros at home. He said the knee had been bothering him for a month but felt worse when he ran on Friday, "so that scared me. " Molina, the top NL vote-getter, leads the league with a .346 average, was tied for the league lead with 26 doubles, and is among the leaders with 106 hits Oswalt down.
April 22, 2013 |
Cliff Lee threw his 41st pitch of the third inning, a curveball Daniel Descalso whiffed at for strike three, and the pitcher darted from the mound Saturday as he does at the end of any inning he throws. This was not a quintessential Lee inning - or night. Lee dashed from the wreckage of four runs on three uncharacteristic walks and three singles. The Cardinals built an insurmountable lead, won 5-0, and swiftly eradicated whatever enthusiasm generated by a Phillies victory the night before.
March 2, 2012 |
THE ST. LOUIS Cardinals made certain another big star did not get away. Four-time Gold Glove catcher Yadier Molina agreed to a 5-year, $75 million contract yesterday that kicks in next season and will keep him in St. Louis through the 2017 season. The deal makes Molina, long known for his premier defense and with a much improved bat, the second-highest paid catcher in the majors. "He's the best catcher in the game," teammate Carlos Beltran said. "When you have the best catcher in the game you have to sign him. It's great for the organization, to keep a guy like that.
October 28, 2011
ST. LOUIS - "I'm not as dumb as people think I am," Texas manager Ron Washington said the other day, completing for you the uncanny parallel evident the first time you heard him talk baseball, the first time you saw him chat up one of his players, the first time you saw him excitedly peppering his bench coach as the game played out. He is Charlie Manuel. The groovy version. The distinctive dialect, the misuse of verb tense, the answers that reduce complex questions into simple axioms.
October 28, 2011 |
ST. LOUIS - Get ready for Game 7. David Freese led off the bottom of the 11th inning with a walkoff home run to centerfield to give the Cardinals a 10-9 win over the Texas Rangers last night in one of the most exciting World Series games ever played. Freese finished with three RBI, including a two-out, two-run triple that tied the game at 7 in the ninth. The teams meet again tonight in a winner-take-all game in St. Louis. "We're gonna come out [tonight]
October 23, 2011 |
ARLINGTON, Texas - Albert Pujols joined Babe Ruth and Reggie Jackson as the only players to hit three home runs in a World Series game, tying records with five hits and six RBIs that led the Cardinals to a 16-7 rout of the Texas Rangers on Saturday night that gave them a 2-1 Series lead. Pujols hit a long three-run homer that helped the Cardinals open a 12-6 lead over after six innings. He added a two-run shot in the seventh and a solo one in the ninth. Following two crisp games during a split in St. Louis, the teams played a messy Texas shootout that saw the fourth and fifth innings alone drag on for 1 hour, 22 minutes and the game take 4:04.
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.
October 20, 2011 |
ST. LOUIS - Nobody plays a hunch like Tony La Russa. Not this October, anyway. The St. Louis manager once again looked like a genius, especially when Allen Craig pinch-hit for ace Chris Carpenter and delivered a go-ahead single that sent the Cardinals past the Texas Rangers, 3-2, on Wednesday night in the World Series opener. Craig's slicing hit in the sixth inning fell inches in front of sliding rightfielder Nelson Cruz. Game 1 was just that tight throughout a cold, damp evening.