Thank You, Matt Carpenter

When things get ugly for a baseball team — and last night’s bottom of the ninth inning certainly qualifies as ugly for the Cardinals, following several days of ugly losses — someone needs to step up and do something about it.

So thank you, Matt Carpenter, first for this (from Rick Hummel in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch):

Matt Carpenter simply wouldn’t let the staggering Cardinals lose yet again. And he wasn’t bashful about letting his feelings be known Wednesday night.

After the Kansas City Royals spoiled a potential shutout by Adam Wainwright with the aid of a strike three that got away in the ninth inning to help them tie the score 2-2, Carpenter, according to manager Mike Matheny, “came into the dugout screaming, ‘We’re not giving this away. This is our game. It’s not going to end like this.’

And then, in the top of the 11th, for this (also from Hummel’s game story):

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Photo: Kansas City Star

Carpenter became the first Cardinal since Ryan Ludwick on Sept. 4, 2009 to get five hits in a game when he doubled off reliever Kelvin Herrera with one out in the 11th inning. It scored Peter Bourjos, who had walked and stolen second base and propelled the Cardinals a 5-2 victory, just their third in their last 10 games.

Words. Action. Success.


Tonight is the finale of the home-and-away series against the Royals, as the Cards try to make the visiting team the winner in all four games. Michael Wacha starts for the Cardinals, just after the one-year anniversary of his major league debut against the Royals and just after the two-year anniversary of being the Cards top draft pick, facing Yordano Ventura, the hard-throwing rookie whose left his most recent start because of elbow soreness and then skipped a turn in the rotation. Game time is 7:10 p.m. Central.

Cards Battle Back For Wild, Walk-Off Winner

Last night’s 14-inning marathon between division rivals was everything you hope for in baseball … and everything you hope you never see again. It was messy. It was complicated. There were more “What in the world?” moments than “That was awesome!” moments. There were misses, followed by extra chances.

Also, there was a final inning lineup that included Sam Freeman, Adron Chambers, Pete Kozma, Rob Johnson, and Daniel Descalso. So, yeah …

Cardinals beat writer Jenifer Langosch condensed it nicely:

The ace pitcher the Cardinals had pushed back to set the tone in a key division matchup sunk his club into a hole early. A routine catch not made gave St. Louis an extra breath late. The Pirates stalled rallies by moving an infielder to the outfield and later adding an outfielder to the infield. And a Cardinals middle reliever would twice find himself batting with the winning run 90 feet from home.

In all, the Cardinals used 20 of their 25 players, threw 227 pitches, stranded 17 on base and finished 4-for-14 with runners in scoring position.

Roughly eight hours later, and the baseball world is still trying to make sense of it all.

Cards win in walk-off style, 5-4 over the Pirates in 14 innings!

Cards win in walk-off style, 4-3 over the Pirates in 14 innings!

One thing everyone can agree on — this win was big. Dare I say, huge. The Cardinals played with more heart, with more “never say die” intensity than we’ve seen this year. Dubbed the “Comeback Cardinals” the last two seasons, they seemed to have lost that edge. I guess winning so many games in the first half with relative ease buried the killer instinct a little deeper than anyone realized. But, if there was a time for it to return, it was last night. Continue reading

Finally, That’s A Cardinals Winner!

Hurray! At last! Today really was the day! Our long Cardinals nightmare is over! That’s finally a winner!

Thats a winner-LGAnd what a way to break out of a slump — 13 runs on 17 hits, while holding the Pirates scoreless and only allowing five hits. The 13 runs are, of course, more than the Cardinals scored in total during the entire seven-game losing streak.

The streak that thankfully is now in the past. And hopefully the cold bats are as well.

Here’s a quick recap of the game from Jenifer Langosch at

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