Sunday, October 15, 2006

Cards ride game 1 momentum to game 2 victory

Jeff Suppan does in the Mets with his bat & his arm
in an impressive 5-0 winSuppan's HR was the first by a pitcher in the playoffs since Kerry Wood's in the 2003 NLCS

Cards, 5-0
WP: Suppan
LP; Traschel
HR: STL:Suppan

As predicted here the Cards rode the momentum gained from their Game 1 9th inning win right into this game. And they started immediately by scoring 2 in the first inning off of Steve Traschel when the Man in the Red Soul Patch, Scott Speizio, hit his 2nd 2-RBI triple in as many games that bounced off of Shawn Green; what the hell are the odds of that? I mean Speiz isn't exactly Jose Reyes (who also coasted to a three-bagger in this one.) After gettitng out of a bases loaded situation after that (thanks to 2 BBs; Traschel walked 5 and gave up 5 hits & 5 runs in his 1 inning of work), the Cards went right back to work, beginning with starter Jeff Suppan nailing a Traschel offering over the wall in right for a leadoff blast and a 3-0 lead. Although that would be all the veteran would need (8IP, 3H) the Cards tacked on a couple more on a hit, 2 walks, WP and FC. In that onslaught Traschel was nailed by a line drive off his shin and soon had to exit the game. But the damage was done, literally & figuratively, and the Cards have the momentum back heading into Game 3 tonight at 8 on FOX.

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