July 31, 2008

Redbird Randoms ... Lohse, Izturis, gamechat live

On-deck: The Cards start a six-game homestand, three against the Phillies, a day off, then three against the Dodgers. Tonight's game with the Phillies starts at 7:15 p.m. CT, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.

Probables: PHL-Cole Hamels LHP (9-6, 3.27) vs. STL-Kyle Lohse RHP (12-3, 3.68)

Birds' Perch: The Cubs won again, completing a sweep of the Brewers at Miller Park, so there was no need for Ryan Braun to yank his shirt out. But the Cubs increased their NL Central lead on both the Brew-crew and the Cards, by five full games. The Cards and the Brewers are now tied for second place with .550 averages.

Izturis hot as righty: Cesar Izturis faced a lefty and batted righty in the leadoff spot, going 3-for-5 and scoring one run.

4thebirds...LIVE!: We have live blogging for you tonight at game time, 7:15 p.m. You don't need to register or download anything, just type in your comment and post. Moderation is fast, less than 10 seconds on average. (A longer wait when between some of the innings.)

There are a few bugs, but mainly, the live blog isn't interrupted. The right sidebar is, and we're trying to fix that, the non-techies that we are.

The live blog sort of fell in our lap, and nobody knows it's on tap. We only had six or seven fans on board last night, but we had a lot of fun with the chat, even though the Cards got handled by the Braves.