Cards Game 133: Win vs. Brewers

by on September 2, 2009 · 0 comments

As mentioned in the previous post, this game was joined in progress at PH8 headquarters.

Following the score via the MLB At Bat app on the phone showed a rough first inning for otherwise solid Cards starter Joel Pineiro, surrendering a three-run blast to Brewers rookie CaseyMcGehee before settling in to finish seven innings.

Making it through the seventh allowed Pineiro to be in line for his eighth straight win after Matt Holliday put the Cards ahead for good in the bottom of seven with a three-run dinger of his own.

Trever Miller set Prince Fielder down with some filthy sliders and a tight fastball.

Ryan Franklin turned in a very Jason Isringhausen-like save in the ninth, allowing two runs to score before sealing the victory.

Yadier Molina continued to be a clutch lineup cog for the Cards, knocking in the tying run with a single in the sixth after the Brewers intentionally passed rookie Colby Rasmus.

Out of curiosity (and not any real belief he was close), I started to do some research to see if the Cards had a possible Cy Young candidate in their bullpen. Just as I was being reminded how truly special Dennis Eckersley’s 1992 Cy Young *AND* MVP campaign was, Frank imploded and allowed the two runs, blowing his ERA up from 1.05 to 1.37. Frank had a long way to go to match the Eck anyway…

The Cards have now won thirteen straight series-opening games, dating back to July 23. They have lost only one series during that time, and are now 21-6 since the start of August. Heady stuff.

Let’s get that home-field throughout, eh Redbirds?

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