Thursday, May 21, 2009

5/21/09 Chicago Cubs 1, St Louis Cardinals 3

Busch Stadium, St Louis, MO
Game 3 of 3

The debacle continues as the Cardinals (again) allow two pitchers to cancel each others efforts out and a minimal offense prevails over an abysmal one. The brooms were out, in Busch Stadium and in my inbox as Cardinal fans toasted our series collapse.

Adam Wainwright (8.2 IP, 5H, ER, BB, 7K) was as practically formidable as Chris Carpenter the night before, against Sean Marshall (5 IP, 4H, 2ER, BB, 3K) who would have fared well with run support, but didn’t stand a chance. Marshall is really better suited for the ‘pen.

CUBS 1 5 1
CARDS 3 6 0

The box looks very similar to Game 2. Nice.

Kosuke Fukudome (CHC CF) gets the only RBI, scoring Bobby Scales (CHC PH) in the 6th who was walked by Wainwright. The big bat was a 2B with 2 outs in the 5th by Geovany Soto (CHC C), who was then stranded by Ryan Freel (CHC 3B).

St Louis’ offense was minimal by my description despite solo HRs by Albert Pujols (STL 1B) and Brian Barden (STL 3B), both given up by Sean Marshall. Solo HRs are wasted firepower to me, but I concede: without these two it would have been a tie game, so I suppose it’s not fair to describe them as ‘waste.’ A run is a run.

The game was called on MLB Network by Victor Rojas, Joe Magrane, and Dan Plesac.

(I scored this game 7/5/09)

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