Clearly, I haven’t been “rambling” with any sort of consistency lately (at least not on here), but these are the times that test the patience and dedication of fans and I’m stepping up tonight. I figure a liveblog is the perfect way to go into what I hope is an active postseason for me (as a blogger) and the Cards. Of course, they have to earn the right to play more than the 162 scheduled game, and I’m hoping that all begins with a win against the Padres tonight.
I realize I’ve been gone long enough for people to have forgotten who I am and for many people to start blogging without even realizing I exist. So, if you happen to happen by RRR tonight BY ALL MEANS leave a comment with your thoughts or just introduce yourself. Let’s go Cardinals!
7:11–First pitch a ball from Jeff Suppan, the Cards clear number two starter right now. I was surprised to learn the other day that he is one the winningest pitchers in the entire NL over the last three seasons.
7:12–Not the start I was looking for. Jose Vizcaino, filling in at shortstop for the again injured David Eckstein, committed an error on the definition of an easy ground ball. My spirits will no be broken this soon! No way!
7:14–Double play. See, no worries.
7:15–I always hate to see Todd Walker at the plate against the Cards…at least he’s not wearing an Cubs uniform. 6-3 without a hitch this time. Let’s get some runs!
7:18–Bottom of the first with Preston Wilson leading off. If you would’ve read me that sentence at the beginning of the season, I’d have called you crazy. Wilson grounded out to short. Now for the thunder…
7:19–I swear to you I typed “NOW FOR THE THUNDER” before Chris Duncan smashed a ball over the centerfield wall! Back to back anyone? By the way, I would like everyone to dig into my archives and find my posts live from Spring Training where I raved and raved about Duncan and said I thought he could contribute to this team this season. (Patting myself on the back…)
7:21–Albert just hit the, um, **** out of a ball to right, but it was caught, and Rolen finished off the inning with an out. Is anyone else thrilled that the bullpen door is still firmly latched?
7:25–Vizcaino is steady again throwing out Mike Piazza. (I really hope I’m spelling his name right. I’ll check.)
7:26–Double for someone…I was trying to check my spelling. Mike Cameron is up. Remember when he was great for those great Mariners teams. It seems like that was decades ago. Ugh…I’m old. He just got a base hit. First and third, one out.
7:28–Just for the record…I have a good “lucky charm” track record with the club this year. I’m 5-0 in games watched in person including 2 complete games by Carpenter.
7:29–Really. I should learn to keep my mouth shut. We’re tied at one. Suppan doesn’t look bad, and I guess I can’t expect him to be perfect.
7:31–2-1 Padres. Four hits in a row. Is now the time to begin praying?
7:32–Yadi, in all his gold glove deserving glory, just took a bunt from the pitcher and turned it into an out at second. First and third. Two outs. Let’s get out of this.
7:33–Good. Grief. I may have to abort this mission. A catcher’s interference, of all things, just loaded the bases.
7:34–Bases clearing double by Brian Giles. Super. 5-1 Padres. Adding insult to injury…the Astros are up 1-0 on the seemingly unbeatable Phillies.
7:37–Walk to Walker. This is the inning that never ends. It is eerily silent in the stadium by the way. There is absolutely no background noise (alright…we all know that’s an exaggeration, but I digress). THE INNING JUST ENDED!!! Woo hoo!
7:40–My fingers don’t get a commercial break. Phillies 2, Astros 1.
7:41–Juan Encarnacion, with a swing only his mom could love, just went in the hole 0-2. The good news is this pitcher shouldn’t be able to pitch a complete game shutout. David Wells, the schedules started is out with some kind of infliction a can’t remember the name of and don’t have time to look up. We’re facing Thompson. Yes, that’s right. Thompson.
7:44–Well in the time it took me to type that last entry, the Cards got two outs and a base hit. YADI WITH THE INFIELD HIT! Stop the presses!
7:45–Two on, two out…and Jeff Suppan up…here we come!
7:46–By the way, Jim Edmonds may or may not be available tonight. In other words, nothing has changed. Yikes, I would say Suppan “struck” out but really it was more of a wave. We pay him to pitch though, right?
7:53–Wow Scott Rolen has an arm! (Obvious statement of the day award winner!!!) He doubled a runner off first after catching a screaming line drive. Who cares if the replays says the guy was safe? I know I don’t care. Not in the least…I’ll take every unfair advantage we can get and then some.
7:55–We’re heading to the bottom of the third with the top of the order due up. I say commence the comeback.
7:58–Base hit. Duncan’s up. I’m typing way to much, just for the record. I’m going to try to scale it back a bit, so this thing isn’t eight feet long! Base hit Duncan, by the by. El hombre at the plate. He’s the reigning MVP in case you’ve forgotten, and he deserves retain that title next year. Couldn’t help myself…maybe I’ll write the reasons why sometime. Then again, maybe my teaches will cancel my two tests this week or a pig will wave on the way past my third floor window… (Albert got a hit 5-2 Fathers)
8:03–Rolen giveth and Rolen taketh away. He hit into a double play of his own and Encarnacion ended the inning. The commencing of the comeback will commence in the next half inning. Read it again…it makes sense…
8:07–Al Hraboski just said we shouldn’t be concerned. Well, that means it’s official…IT IS TIME TO GET CONCERNED.
8:09–Padres’ pitcher, Mike Thompson is out. Two down in the inning. Suppan is settling in. (Crossing fingers)
8:15–Phillies 4, Astros 2 just for the record. The crossing of my fingers seems a bad idea. Suppan is finished after giving up a hit to Dave Roberts and walking Giles. Yes, I have duct-taped my mouth so as to not say ridiculous things like “Suppan is settling in” again. Ever. Tyler Johnson in the game. (Crossing all of my fingers and most of my toes…)
8:20–Double steal. I dare them to try it again. I dare them…
8:21–Strikeout, inning over…commence the comeback. (No, I’m not going to let that die until we actually do come back!)
8:25–Belliard reaches on an error by the third baseman, Manny Alexander. Where did Todd Walker go? Wherever he went…that’s exactly where I want him to stay.
8:27–Base hit Vizcaino. 5-3! EDMONDS IS UP. I REPEAT…EDMONDS IS UP!
8:30–EDMONDS IS OUT! I REPEAT…EDMONDS IS OUT! HOME RUN! Tied at 5-5…I’m short of breath!
8:34–Pitching change. Two outs now. 4-4 Phils-Astros. Inning over. Comeback complete…we’ll worry about the take over later.
8:39–Josh Kinney and his quirky motion are in the game. I would say I have a lot of confidence in him for whatever reason, but then he’d probably give up a eight-run homer. So, for now I’m just saying he’s in the game.
8:44–Inning over. 3-4-5 due up. Operation “take over” begins… (I’m all about relentless optimism.)
8:47–Astros 5, Phillies 4…going to the bottom of the seventh. For the second time tonight Albert hits a base hit that wasn’t a base hit but was instead caught by a fielder. Ugh.
8:51–Admittedly, this inning didn’t go as planned. Three up. Three down.
8:53–I was on the phone with my mom (who is also watching the game) when Edmonds hit his homer, and I just read what I typed again and now realize it could have sounded like he made an out or collapsed in a heap on the field. Oh well…I got there eventually. Kinney is back for the 6th.
8:57–A very long at-bat was just ended on a ground ball to shortstop. One out. Off subject…they just showed Jim Edmonds lounging in the dugout his jersey already replaced by a batting practice jersey/jacket…like nothing happened. You’re going to have to trust me when I say this was pretty great to see.
9:01–Onto the bottom of the inning unharmed. Houston’s still up by a run after seven innings. I really want them to lose, but then again, I really don’t want the Phillies to win. I don’t want to see Philadelphia or their first basemen make the playoffs. It’s not that I’m scared of him or them. I just prefer the Cards’ first basemen to have all the spotlight of the postseason. And, yes, I feel this way regardless of how nice that guy is…or where he grew up…
9:05–I feel a Yadier Molina hit coming. I’m never wrong when it comes to feelings about Yadi…
9:09–Just waiting for that hit…
9:10–I guess I’ll keep waiting. Two outs, runner on first, and a pinch-hitting Aaron Miles up to bat. I need a nap…just saying…
9:12–Can we discuss for a moment what color exactly the Padres’ pants are? Are they supposed to match their gold lettering without actually being gold? Off-yellow-ish is the best I can do for them right now. Off-yellow-ish, for the record, is not a flattering color.
9:14–Base hit for Miles. First and third with our man Preston Wilson stepping to the dish. A strike out?!?!? Wilson never strikes out! (Sorry, that was uncalled for.)
9:19–Brad Thompson into the game for the Cardinals and promptly gives up a double to Brian Giles who is proving to be a real pain in St. Louis’s side tonight. Bunt moves him to third. A strike out would be superb.
9:21–6-5 Padres on a chopper over the pulled in shortstop Miles. Unlucky. Did you feel that? I was momentum switching over to the visiting dugout. NOT SO FAST. Double play ends the inning.
9:26–Here comes the thunder! (It’s worth a shot…)
9:27–Lefty Embree strikes out lefty Duncan (kudos to LaRussa on giving him a shot against the lefty though regardless of the outcome). Pitching change for Pujols. Is it wrong that I expect him to do something amazing?
9:32–I really do expect too much of the guy. Really. He, um, struck out. Rolen is out of well. We have two more innings though! Six more outs to use up!
9:35–Thompson back out for the eighth. I would say I’m happy that he seems to have essentially gotten back on track with his career, but then he’d probably give up an eight-run homer…
9:38–Time for the bottom of the eighth with San Diego still leading 6-5. The bottom of the eighth inning is also known as the bottom of the last inning without Trevor Hoffman. Just something to think about or avoid thinking about.
9:41–Houston wins. I’m beginning to feel uneasy. Very uneasy.
9:44–Two out base hit for John Rodriguez. Skip’s up. He was a hero for Team USA just a few weeks ago…why not be a hero for the St. Louis Cardinals? New pitcher…
9:48–No hero tonight. Grounder to short. Inning over.
9:51–Braden Looper in the hold the lead at one run but gives up a single to lead off the inning. Here we go…with a double play?!?!?!
9:54–Force at second. Giles is up again. Lovely.
10:00–If Looper worked any slower…something bad would happen…
10:01–Two on, two out…
10:01–Padres’ pitcher Scott Linebrink hits for himself as Trevor Hoffman is apparently unavailable. He got a hit to left but Chris Duncan threw out a runner at the plate. Again, I refer you to my Spring Training posts…
10:03–How about a ninth inning comeback for us for once?
10:04–Miles to get us started…
10:05–Base hit into center. Wilson to get a hit next…
10:07–Strike out, one out. Duncan is up…coming off his assist to end the last half inning. (I’m playoff game-nervous by the way.)
10:09–Dan McLaughlin just said, “It’s up to Pujols.” Yes, yes it is. (Duncan struck out as well.)
10:11–Four pitch walk to Pujols. Alright, then, Scott Rolen.
10:13–“Base hit, home run, I don’t care either one.”
10:14–What I didn’t want was a strike out. But, alas, it is what I got nonetheless.
10:15–Everybody stand back…I’m hitting the panic button.
I’m too depressed for anything else. Maybe more later. Maybe tomorrow.