Sunday, April 19, 2015

John bracket: Cardinals (09) defeat Cardinals (69) in seven games

Game One: 69 Cardinals 4, 09 Cardinals 3 (11 innings)
WP: Gibson (1-0)
LP: Franklin (0-1)
Save: Hoerner (1)
HR: Torre (1)

Game Two: 09 Cardinals 2, 69 Cardinals 1
WP: Wainwright (1-0)
LP: Carlton (0-1)
Save: Franklin (1)
HR: Ludwick (1)

Game Three: 09 Cardinals 4, 69 Cardinals 0
WP: Pineiro (1-0)
LP: Briles (0-1)

Game Four: 69 Cardinals 4, 09 Cardinals 2
WP: Gibson (2-0)
LP: Reyes (0-1)

Game Five: 09 Cardinals 4, 69 Cardinals 2
WP: Carpenter (1-0)
LP: Carlton (0-2)
HR: Huntz (1), Pujols (1)

Game Six: 69 Cardinals 5, 09 Cardinals 2
WP: C Taylor (1-0)
LP: Wainwright (1-1)
Save: Hoerner (2)
HR: Rasmus (1)

Game Seven: 09 Cardinals 3, 69 Cardinals 2
WP: Pineiro (2-0)
LP: Gibson (2-1)
Save: Franklin (2)
HR; Pujols (1)

Runs were at a premium in this series, as suggested by this fact: the 2009 Cardinals faced a first-ballot Hall of Fame starter in five of the seven games and managed to win three of them.

Bob Gibson went 10 innings for the win in Game One, but didn't get the complete game. Joe Torre staked Gibson to a 2-0 lead with a homer in the third inning, but the 09 Cardinals tied it in the sixth by stringing together three singles and a hit batter, all with two outs. The 69 Cards took the lead again in the ninth on an error by Matt Holliday, and gave the lead back in the bottom of the inning on an error by Lou Brock. In the 11th, Colby Rasmus gunned down Curt Flood at the plate trying to score on a Vada Pinson double, but Torre made it academic by singling home Pinson. Joe Hoerner made this lead stand up.

The 69 Cards took a first inning lead in Game Two, and Steve Carlton was sailing along into the sixth, With two outs, Albert Pujols singled and Ryan Ludwick homered, and that concluded the scoring. Adam Wainwright, after allowing hits or walks to seven of the first 14 men he faced, retired 14 in a row from the third to eighth innings.

The series shifted to 1969 and Busch Memorial Stadium. The 09 Cards jumped on Nellie Briles for four runs in the first three innings of Game Three, with the biggest blow being a two-run triple by Joe Thurston. That was all they got or needed, as Joel Pineiro tossed a four-hit shutout in which nobody reached second base.

Gibson evened the series with a complete-game win in Game Four. Flood doubled home a run in the fifth and Mike Shannon plated Torre in the sixth with a sac fly for a 2-0 lead, but the 09 team tied it in the seventh on three singles and an error by Dal Maxvill. Maxville got that run back in the eight with an RBI single as the 69 team took a 4-2 lead that Gibson maintained.

Another Maxvill error proved crucial in Game Four. He booted a Chris Carpenter grounder to open the third inning; two outs and a walk later, Pujols hit a three-run homer off Carlton. Carpenter worked out of a based-loaded jam in the fifth. Franklin finished the game but allowed a two-run homer to Steve Huntz in the ninth.

With the series back in 2009, the 69 Cardinals bypassed some bigger names on its staff (Briles, Mudcat Grant, Dave Giusti, Ray Washburn and Mike Torrez) and entrusted an elimination game to Chuck Taylor, Taylor allowed one run in five innings before giving way to a pinch hitter in a two-run sixth. Torrez, Giusti and Hoerner provided four innings of one-run relief, and the series was down to one game.

Gibson had a horrendous first inning: A leadoff walk to Skip Schumaker, a single by Matt Holliday, and a homer by Pujols. He didn't allow another run, but Pineiro followed up his Game Three shutout with six scoreless innings. A Pujols error at the start of the seventh opened the doors for a two-run outburst that chased Pineiro, but Kyle McClellan got out of the inning on double play. and the 69 Cardinals never got a man as far as second after that.

Player of the series: Pineiro. for two wins on 15 innings of work in two starts with one earned run allowed.

Player availability: Pineiro cannot start before Game Three. Wainwright can start Game Two with the penalty.

Projected rotation: Carpenter-Kyle Lohse-Wainwright-Pineiro-(Carpenter)-(Lohse)-(Wainwright)

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