The Cardinals made a big trade deadline deal sending young star CF Colby Rasmus for pitching. The centerpiece for the Cards was starter Edwin Jackson. Coming into tonight the Crew had faced him twice winning both games. In the first game they pounded him including three Casey McGehee homeruns. Tonight would be different.
Albert Pujols made a nice grab in foul territory in the 2nd. He extended the glove with the ball in it to an old dude and when the guy went to grab it he pulled it back. Is being a douche bag an organizational pre requisite?
The TV guys interviewed first round pick Jed Bradley this evening. The big left hander is considered an advanced prospect out of Georgia Tech. It was also announced today that he will be sent to the Arizona Fall League to start his development.
In the 4th Shaun Marcum walked Pujols on a somewhat high and tight pitch. The cameras panned to look at Tony La Russa’s reaction. He looked pretty surely, so nothing out of the ordinary. Marcum then cleared the bases with a double play ball.
Nyjer Morgan started the 4th with a single. Brian Anderson said Morgan has been a very good base stealer in his career. Ummmm, no he has not been. He went on to say he has been caught stealing a lot though. What? Hey sir, you are ahh, pretty good looking for an ugly guy. Ryan Braun lined out to right. Prince Fielder smoked one that was caught at the wall in center. Morgan swiped his 10th base. It was his 102nd career stolen base. He has been caught a whopping 45 times. Casey McGehee grounded to first to end the inning.
To start the 5th Fielder let a ball slip through his legs for an error. Oops. Then the problem should have been eliminated but Jerry Hairston Jr. booted a potential double play ball to put men on first and second. A CF single loaded them up with no outs. The pitcher delivered an rbi single to right. A sac fly made it 2-0. A weak pop out and a Pujols ground out ended the frame. The two runs were unearned.
The 6th began with Corey Hart smashing one off the wall for a double and then Morgan doing the same thing. Nyjer’s was really weird as he hopped when he swung and both feet were off the ground when he hit it. Hart scored to make it 2-1. Braun moved him to third with a grounder. Fielder struck out on a pitch at his man boobs. McGehee drove a ball hard but it was caught for the final out.
Marcum pitched great going 7 innings and not allowing an earned run. He improved his ERA to 3.24. He leaves down 2-1. That is a tough deal for him again. In his last game he gave up just 2 runs in 6 innings and lost 2-0. Marcum fell to 11-5.
Kam Loe pitched a scoreless 8th. Nyjer Morgan picked up his 3rd hit of the game but that was all the Crew could do.
Marco Estrada gave up a couple hits in the 9th but kept them off the scoreboard.
Fielder started the 9th with a walk. La Russa brought in his right handed closer Fernando Salas. He has blown 5 saves this year. McGehee also took a walk to put two on with no outs. Yuniesky Betancourt tried to sacrifice the runners over and fouled the first one off. He then got it down but the corner fielders were all the way in and threw out Prince at 3rd. Yuni’s fingers got smashed on the bunt attempt. Mark Kotsay hit into the game ending double play. Bummer.
This is a pretty tough loss. The Brewers produced the only earned run of the contest and lost.
The division lead is 9.5 games.