Monday, July 16, 2012

A Clean Sweep

Well, that sucked.

The St. Louis Cardinals came out of the the All-Star Break a game and a half back of the Cincinnati Reds, with a 3-game series with the Reds first up on the post-break schedule. A sweep of the Reds would have put the Cardinals 1.5 games up on the Reds, and with the Pirates going 1-2 against the Brewers this weekend, that would have put the Cardinals a half game back for the division lead.

That's not how it happened.

Salvaging even a game against the Reds would have been nice. But, no. The Cardinals jumped back on their up and down roller coaster and took a dive. The sweep puts St. Louis 4.5 games back of the now division-leading Reds, and 3.5 games back of the wild card.

Games 1 & 3 saw the Cardinals jump to a lead. Unfortunately, they couldn't hold on. A 3-run rally in the bottom of the 7th gave the Reds a 4-2 lead in Game 1. They tacked on a 5th run in the bottom of the 8th to seal the deal. Game 2 was a thriller, as the Cardinals tied the game at 2 in the 7th inning. The game prolonged into extra innings, until Ryan Ludwick hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 10th to spoil the Cards' comeback. In Game 3, St. Louis went up 1-0 in the 2nd, then let up 2 runs in the 3rd. Although they did get that run back in the 6th, a 2-run 8th inning gave the Reds the lead they held on to, completing the sweep.

The Cardinals have a three game series with the Brewers starting Monday in Milwaukee. They then come home for another three game series, this time with the rival Chicago Cubs, this weekend. Let's hope the Red Birds can close some games and pick up some much needed wins by the end of the week.

2 comments:

  1. This just isn't feeling like our year.i know last year it took an amazing run to become playoff bound. I just don't see it this year. Call me a pessimist if you want

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  2. Pessimist. Ha, just kidding. I know what you mean though. Every time it looks like we have something going, we drop the ball.

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