(AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)
Cards reach .500. Duncan goes boom. Mather goes deep again. Colby is so hot he may be responsible for global warming. Shaun Garceau pitches the Swing closer to the playoffs.
More on Mike Maroth’s rehab start. Seems he was very timid to start the game.
The Cardinals promoted Allen Craig to Springfield and he debuted in the clean up spot.
Cardinals 7 Astros 0
The Cardinals started off with a bang in the first getting 4 runs, 3 off of a Chris Duncan blast. Duncan was 3-5 with 4 RBIs. Rick Ankiel was 3-5 with an RBI. Albert Pujols was 3-5. Braden Looper gave up 4 hits in 7 shutout innings. Russ Springer had another scoreless inning to lower his ERA to 2.63.
The Cardinals have now reached the .500 mark for the first time since April. Tony ties Red for the most wins in Cardinals’ history at 1041.
The Cardinals start Kip Wells on Wednesday and the Astros will trot out Roy Oswalt. The Cardinals now play 35 games in the next 34 days. According to MLB, this is the most games in a row in history so the road ahead is going to be really tough.
The Cubs topped the Brewers, 5-3. Ned Yost pulled Jeff Suppan after hitting Cliff Floyd to start the seventh. The thing is, Suppan had thrown only 82 pitches. The Cubs went on to score that run and 3 more off of Scott Linebrink. The Cardinals are now in second place, 2 games back of the Cubs. The Brewers are 2.5 games out.
Joe Mather hit his 13th HR in the first, a 2 run blast, and that is all the offense the Redbirds could muster. Joey “Bombs” has now homered in 5 of his last 7 games. Miguel Cairo had 2 hits. Chris Lambert pitched 5 shutout innings for possibly his best performance of the year. Mark Worrell gave up 4 runs on 4 hits without recording an out to get the loss.
Colby leads off another game with a HR to increase his league leading total to 28. That is his fourth game in a row with a HR and has hit a HR in 6 of his last 8. The kid is ridiculous. Allen Craig’s Springfield debut was very forgettable. Craig went 0-4 with 2 Ks. Rico Washington hit a 3-run HR and Casey Rowlett added a solo shot. Cory Rauschenberger gave up a 2-run home run in the first to account for the only runs he allowed in 6 innings. Matt Scherer pitched 2 perfect innings, allowing 1 hit. Mike Sillman gave up 2 runs in the ninth but was still able to nail down the save.
Palm Beach had the night off.
Shaun Garceau pitched 6 shutout innings, allowing only 4 hits. Jason Cairns was roughed up for 2 runs in 1.1 innings. Kyle Mura blew the save but hung tough to pick up the win. Mura is now 7-0 with a 1.59 ERA. Former Southern Illinois Miner, Tim Dorn, had a big night for the Swing. He hit his second HR of the season (a 2 run blast) and then doubled in the top of the tenth. He was then replaced by a pinch runner, Antone DeJesus. DeJesus then scored to put the Swing on top. Dorn finished 3-5. Steve Hill had 2 doubles. Tyler Henley was 0-4 and his hitting .111 since his promotion to the Quad Cities. Shuan Garceau photo from Swing website.
Batavia State 4 State College (Pirates) 6
Daniel Descalso had 2 more hits to raise his average to .275. He has a hit in 8 games in a row and 10 of his last 11. Ross Oeder and Colling Fanning each had 2 hits. Andrew Brown had 2 RBIs. Jon Edwards had a double and an RBI. Clayton Long gave up 4 in 4.2 innings. Jameson Maj struck out the only batter he faced. Thomas Eager gave up 2 in 3 innings and was tagged with the loss.
Johnson City and Princeton (Devil Rays) were rained out. The Cardinals will close out their season with a doubleheader on Wednesday. The Rookie Birds stand at 27-39, 21.5 games behind division leader Elizabethton.
Blake Dewitt doubled for his only hit.
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