July 22, 2014

Homestand Highlights - July 22, 2014

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 — Cardinals vs. Tampa Bay Rays (7:15 p.m.)

  • Farmers Appreciation Night: Monsanto invites fans to celebrate America's Farmers at Busch Stadium during the Farmers Appreciation Theme Night. Fans who purchase this special Theme ticket at cardinals.com/theme will receive a limited edition Cardinals and Monsanto themed t-shirt! Please note that the shirt is only available with the purchase of the Theme Night ticket. Fans who purchase this ticket will receive a voucher which can be exchanged for the shirt. Fans must present the voucher in order to receive this promotional item. (#CardsTheme)

  • Peanut Controlled Zone Theme Day: The St. Louis Cardinals are pleased to present the second of three Peanut Controlled Games at Busch Stadium. This unique opportunity allows our fans with peanut allergies to sit in a "Peanut Controlled Zone" - sales of peanuts will be halted in this section and fans will not be allowed to consume peanut products in that area. A limited number of tickets remain for this game and the final peanut controlled game on Sunday, August 3 at cardinals.com/theme.

  • All-Star Teacher of the Year: Teachers are classroom all-stars that make a difference in the lives of students and their communities. During this year’s All-Star Game® at Target Field in Minnesota, 30 teachers from across the country represented their favorite team as they were recognized on field. Tonight, the Cardinals’ teacher, Hank Kauffman of Ladue High School, will be recognized during a pre-game ceremony. Kauffman has been teaching math at Ladue since 1961. (#MyAllStarTeacher)

  • Battle at Busch: Busch Stadium is proud to host the Battle at Busch in conjunction with Mozingo Music and 105.7 The Point. The 2014 schedule features 18 local bands over the course of six nights, at six different Cardinals’ home games out in Ford Plaza. Tonight’s battle features Man Eating Tiger, Johnny Chase, and Red Letter Days Band. Bands begin performing 20 minutes after the gates open with each act given 20 minutes to perform. Each band will be judged on a point system by Mozingo Music and 105.7 The Point. The top three scoring bands of the summer will be invited back to play on September 16th in the “Battle at Busch” finals for the grand prize package. Tickets are available for $10.57 to each Battle at Busch game by going to cardinals.com/battleatbusch.

  • Cardinals Care Stadium Auction: Fans have the unique opportunity to bid on exclusive autographed Cardinals memorabilia at the game. The auction is a great way for fans and collectors alike to obtain specialty Cardinals items while helping support the programs that Cardinals Care provides to youth in the community. The auction tables will be located at Gate 3, Gate 1, Cardinals Club, UMB Champions Club, and in the Redbird Club.

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July 21, 2014

Near sweep of L.A. great 2nd half start for Cardinals

While Carlos Gonzalez pitched better than could be expected for a young talent, and the Cardinals' offense did a good job against the premier hurler of the N.L., it wasn't enough for a sweep against the Dodgers Sunday night at Busch Stadium.

There was a bit of drilling going on as well, a couple times by Cards pitching to knock Hanley Ramirez out of the game, and a Clayton Kershaw drilling of Matt Holliday.

The Dodgers won the battle, however, edging the Redbirds, 4-3, and setting up a potential grudge match of a playoff should both teams advance in post season.

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July 20, 2014

Kelly and Cards walkin' the walk of redemption

Yesterday, the Cardinals used many baseball components in a 4-2 win over the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers, in so doing, redeeming the lackluster Redbirds' All-Star Game performance in comparison to the dynamic Dodgers' pitching contribution.

That made the current three-game set with the Dodgers a pretty big deal. Lance Lynn started the redemption with a stellar performance in Friday's 3-2 edging.

Joe Kelly was about lights out yesterday as solid defense, good run support versus Dodgers' all-star hurler, Zack Greinke, and a bullpen ready to bailout its own and shut the door on a late-game potential Dodger comeback.

Worth noting was the pitching shutdown of the Dodgers second (Card Crawford 0-for-3) and third (Jasiel Puig 0-for-1; Matt Kemp ph 0-for-1) spots in the batting lineup, and with the cleanup hitter (Hanley Ramirez (1-for-4) tallying only one hit.

Matt Holliday snagged a couple more RBI (50) when the Cards attacked Greinke in the first inning, then suffered what the team hopes is a minor head injury in the fifth on an attempted pick off play at second base.

Matt Adams blasted a two-run homer in the first, the Cards putting up all four of their runs before suffering an out in the first.

Reliever Sam Freeman got roughed up a bit, but teammate and all-star, Pat Neshek bailed him out in the eighth. Trevor Rosenthal closed out the game, securing his 30th save of the season.

Today, Carol Martinez will take the hill and face who many consider the best pitcher in the national league in Clayton Kershaw. An obvious mismatch, but a golden opportunity for the Redbirds to score a big time sweep of the Dodgers while proving Cards pitching is up to the task by defeating the Dodgers all-star hurlers that showed so well in the Midsummer Classic.

The most unique thing about this "mini-redemptive comeback" for Cards pitching is that so far, it has been accomplished without Adam Wainwright. Neshek has already placed himself squarely back in the saddle.

The pressure on Wainwright (perceived, admitted, or not) is a battle for another day ... Tuesday, when he will start against the Tampa Bay Rays.

For today, it's all hands on deck for the Cardinals in a huge challenge against Kershaw.

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Homestand Highlights - July 20, 2014

Sunday, July 20, 2014 — Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (7:05 p.m.)

  • Adult Replica Home White Jersey with League Champions Logo: 25,000 ticketed-fans, ages 16 and older receive a replica home white jersey with league champions logo. Courtesy of AT&T. (#CardsPromo)

  • Photo Day: Prior to the game, fans will be allowed on the field to get up-close and personal photos of their favorite players, coaches and Fredbird. Field access is on a first-come, first-served basis. Weather permitting. Fans are encouraged to share their photos on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #CardsFanGram.

  • Prairie Farms Ice Cream Sunday: Starting two hours prior to the game, bring the entire family to Ford Plaza for games, prizes and free North Star ice cream (while supplies last).

  • Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle: Fans, ages 18 and older, may play the Cardinals Care 50/50 Raffle by going to any of the six ticket kiosk locations throughout the stadium from the time gates open until the end of the 6th inning. One lucky fan will receive 50 percent of the gross proceeds from the game's raffle ticket donations, and the other half will benefit Cardinals Care, the team’s charitable foundation that helps children. For more info and kiosk locations, visit cardinals.com/5050. (#Raffle4Kids)

  • MLBPAA Auction: The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association will conduct a baseball-themed silent auction inside Gate 3, Gate 1, UMB Champions Club, and the Cardinals Club from the time gates open through the seventh inning. All proceeds will benefit Cardinals Care and the Players Alumni Association, a non-profit group that strives to preserve the game of baseball while supporting a variety of charities.

  • Television Broadcast: Tonight’s game will be broadcast on ESPN as Sunday Night Baseball.

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