July 12, 2008

NoteCARDS v Pirates ... after 10 innings (Final)

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Top of 1st: Yoslan Herrera made his major league debut. Only Ryan Ludwick reached on a four-pitch walk. The rookie from the Pirates' Double-A affiliate Altoona struck out both Albert Pujols and Rick Ankiel, both on change-ups, which Herrera is known for. Herrera showed a low-90s fastball, the good change, and a curve you can see coming almost before he makes a motion toward the plate.

Bottom of 1st:
Todd Wellemeyer started for the Cards, looking to improve his performance form his recent outings. He didn't get off to a good start, walking leadoff man Nate McClouth. Ankiel helped by making a nice catch on a Luis Rivas fly ball, going back to the wall from his normal, shallow positioning in center field. Things looked to be back under control for Wellemeyer after a Ryan Doumit fly out to Chris Duncan in right field, but Jason Bay hit a fast ball up and on the outside of the plate, taking the pitch just over the right-center field wall. The Pirates went up 2-0 on the two-run blast. Xaiver Nady flew out to Ankiel in center to end the inning.
Top of 2nd: The Cards were licking their chops when Troy Glaus, Chris Duncan, and Yadier Molina hit back to back to back singles, loading the bases with nobody out. Yoslan Herrera, however, got Wellemeyer to pop out, then grabbed an Adam Kennedy grounder back to him, throwing to home plate to force out lead runner Glaus, whereupon catcher Ryan Doumit pivoted and fired to first to force out Kennedy to end the inning.

Bottom of 2nd:
Wellemeyer settled down, cruising through Adam LaRoche, Doug Meintkiwicz, and Herrera.

Top of 3rd:
Leadoff man Aaron Miles singled to start the inning, followed by a Ryan Ludwick triple to left-center field, Miles scoring. Albert Pujols then hit a towering fly ball to left, Jason Bay reaching up at the wall to take away a homer. The fly turned into a long sacrifice fly, Ludwick scoring the tying run, 2-2. Rick Ankiel blasted a long ball to center, off the wall. Ankiel stopped at second base. Herrera seemed rattled after throwing another four-pitch walk, this time to Troy Glaus. Herrera pulled out that good change-up on a full-count to Chris Duncan, striking him out swinging. Yadier Molina picked up the club, however, singling through the hole on the left side, Ankiel scoring from second base. With Glaus on second and Molina on first, Wellemeyer got a Herrera curve ball with two strikes, offering a weak swing and striking out. The Cardinals secured the lead, however, at 3-2.

Bottom of 3rd:
Jack Wilson popped out to Miles at shortstop to start the inning. Wellemeyer faced All-Star Nate McClouth with one out. McClouth popped out to Glaus in foul territory on the third base side, Glaus making a nice running grab. Everyone had a scare when Luis Rivas got hit by a pitch, possibly misreading a curve that didn't break. Rivas was okay and stayed in the game, taking first base. Doumit grounded out to Adam Kennedy at second base to end the inning.
Top of 4th: Kennedy laced a line drive back at Herrera, who made the catch, but got stung pretty good on his glove hand. For some reason, he needed to throw two warm-up pitches. He may been rattled a bit, because he walked Miles. Ludwick took advantage of the rookie next, lifting a fly just out of left fielder Jason Bay's reach, a two run homer to add to the Cards' lead, making it 5-2. Pujols added to the rookie's troubles, hitting a double, sliding safely into second base on a close tag. Mientkiewicz got ejected from the game for arguing the call, which, upon further (fan) review, showed Rivas tagging Pujol on the face before Pujols touched second base with his left hand. Ankiel popped out to Wilson at short for the second out. Herrera committed his fourth walk, giving a free pass to Glaus, putting two Cards on base. Duncan, however, flew out to Bay in left, ending the inning with two Cardinals left of base.

Bottom of 4th: Wellemeyer was breezing through the inning; Bay flying out to Ankiel in center, and Nady grounding out to Kennedy at second. LaRoche ruined Wellemeyer's roll, though, blasting one well up in the right-center field seats to cut the lead to 5-3. Jose Bautista, who replaced Mientkiewicz at third base, grounded out to Glaus at third base to end the inning.

Top of 5th: Yadier Molina lead off the inning with a basehit. Wellemeyer advancing him to second base with a sac-bunt. Kennedy then got a basehit through the middle, third base coach Jose Oquendo sending Molina to the plate. Molina seemed surprised that he was sent, but slid in safely with no play.

Franquelis Osorio came on in relief for Herrera.

Miles got first crack at him, hitting a ground that Osorio fielded himself on the first base side, then throwing out Kennedy at second base with no choice, as no one was covering first base.
With two outs and Miles at first base on a fielder's choice, Ludwick, who had homered in his last at bat, ground out to Wilson at short.

Bottom of 5th: Freddy Sanchez pinch-hit for Osoria, but struck out swinging. Wilson flew out to Ankiel in center and McClouth grounded to Kennedy at second base.

Top of 6th: T.J. Beam came on in relief for the Pirates. Pujols jumped on him, hitting a double about 405 feet off the center field wall, then a ricochet to another angle of the wall in an area called the North End Notch. Ankiel then doubled into the left field corner, changing places with Pujols at second base while Pujols scored. Glaus singled home Ankiel. Duncan then hit a shallow fly ball into right-center, McClouth making a spectacular sliding catch, then firing to first baseman LaRoche to double off Glaus. The Cardinals weren't done hitting off Beam, though, Molina getting the third double of the inning. Wellemeyer flew out to right fielder Xavier Nady, however, to end the rally.

Bottom of 6th: Wellemeyer cruised through the sixth; Rivas lining out to Ankiel in center field, Doumit flying out to right-center, Duncan speeding over to make the play, and Bay striking out.
Top of 7th: The Cardinals tallied another run, this time off of the next Pirates' reliever, Sean Burnett. Ludwick picked up another RBI, singling home Miles. In the inning, Rick Ankiel was injured on a swing, having to leave the game.
Bottom of 7th: The Pirates' LaRoche hit a ground rule double, then scored on a Bautista single. Cards' manager Tony La Russa took out Wellemeyer, calling on Russ Springer to face pinch-hitter Chris Gomez. Springer got Gomez looking. Wilson then flew out to Duncan in right field to end the inning.
Top of 8th: Tyler Yates relieved Burnett. Troy Glaus reached on a slow roller that third baseman Bautista couldn't get handle on. Duncan followed up with a single to right. Molina then hit into a double play, but Glaus advanced to third base. Joe Mather pinch-hit for Springer, doubling into the left field corner, Glaus scoring the 10th Cardinal run. Cesar Izturis made the last out, lining out to LaRoche at first base.
Bottom of 8th: Ryan Franklin came on in relief of Springer. McClouth struck out swinging to start the inning. Rivas singled to left field. Doumit flew out to Derek Schumaker, who took over for Ankiel in center field, for the second out. Bay then blasted his second two-run homer of the night, far past the center field fence, making it 10-6. When Nady hit a sharp single through the hole on the right side, La Russa yanked Franklin, bringing on lefthander, Ron Villone to face LaRoche. Villone struck out LaRoche, swinging, on a nasty curve ball, ending the Pirates' threat.
Top of 9th: Damaso Marte relieved Yates. Miles grounded out to second for the first out. Ludwick lined out to Bay in left field. With two outs, Albert Pujols hit another ball hard, singling to center field. Schumaker grounded to LaRoche, who, moving to his right, threw to second base to force out Pujols and end the inning.
Bottom of 9th: Jason Isringhausen came on in the closer role for the first time since early in the season. Isringhausen struck out Jose Bautista looking with a 91-MPH fastball. Jason Michaels pinch-hit in the pitcher's spot, working a full count and then walking. Wilson hit a slow-roller to Glaus, beating out the throw on play that appeared to be an out. Instead of one base runner and two outs, the Pirates then had much better odds of a comeback, now with two runners on and only one out.

And just like clockwork, All-Star Nate McClouth jacked one out to right-center, a three-run homer that brought the Bucs within one run at 10-9.

After Isringhausen threw two straight balls that didn't come close to the strike zone of Luis Rivas, La Russa yanked Isringhausen for Kyle McClellan. Rivas answered with a sharp single to left field, then advanced to third base on a Ryan Doumit basehit to right-center.

With the tying run on third base and the winning run on first, Jason Bay strode to the plate, having hit two home runs in the game. Bay hit a double play grounder to Izturis at short, but after getting the force at second base, Aaron Miles couldn't get the ball out of his glove for the relay to first. Rivas scored easily from third, tying the game at 10-apiece. Nady popped out to Izturis to send the game into extra innings.
Top of 10th: Denny Bautista came on in relief for the Pirates in the tenth inning. Troy Glaus jumped on him immediately, launching a high fast ball into the upper reaches of the left field seats, putting the Cards up 11-10. McClellan struck out, an obvious sign since he wasn't pinched, that the Cards needed at least another inning of relief out of him. Moline grounded out for the second out. Joe Mather struck out to end the inning.
Bottom of 10th: Raul Chaves singled to left, putting the tying run on first base. La Russa pulled McClellan on the spot, opting for the hard-throwing Chris Perez. Bautista popped out to Izturis for the first out. But Jason Michaels, who admittedly was only trying to make contact and keep the inning going, blasted one into the left field seats, a walk-off home run, the Pirates accomplishing a huge comeback victory in extra innings, 12-11.

At the end of 10 innings: (Final)
Pirates 12
Cardinals 11

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