In the second consecutive night of double-initialed starters, Mark Mulder opposed Gary Glover. (Note: Doug Davis starts Sunday for the Brewers.) Mulder had his shortest inning of the season, unable to get the final out of the second inning, down 7-1. Anthony Reyes pitched four nice mop-up innings.
Pretty much everyone played, as the game seemed out of reach early. The Cards collected five singles and five doubles, by Albert Pujols, David Eckstein, John Gall and Jim Edmonds. Rookie Chris Duncan also collected his first career hit, a ninth inning double, and first two career RBIs.
Eckstein, Nunez, Pujols, Edmonds, Rodriguez (lf), Grudzielanek, Taguchi (rf), Molina, and Mulder. After getting another cortisone shot in his neck, Larry Walker is not expected to play this weekend. Jim Edmonds returned after a night off.
On to the game…
Cards first – OK start
David Eckstein doubled leading off. Nunez sacrificed him up. Albert's double scored the first run of the day. He took third on a wild pitch in between strikeouts by Edmonds and Rodriguez. Cards 1-0.
Brewers first – Albert miscue
Pujols committed a fielding error on a Lyle Overbay grounder. It was Pujols' 13th of the season, tying him for the most in the majors at his position. Gold Glove, anyone?
Brewers second – Mulder's roof caves in
Geoff Jenkins and Bill Hall doubled. Jenkins was erased at the plate on an ugly non-slide, as Eckstein's relay was perfect. Jeff Cirillo was hit by a pitch. As Bob Carpenter said that the Cards are a ground ball away from getting out of the inning, Chad Moeller homered to left. Mulder walked his opposite number, Glover, and paid for it when Brady Clark went deep. Two more hits by J.J. Hardy and Overbay occurred before Carlos Lee hit a sac fly. Jenkins doubled for the second time in the inning for another RBI. Mulder was pulled for Brad Thompson, who got the final out. Brewers 7-1.
Cards third – E6
Eckstein shot a ball past Cirillo at third for an error. That was all.
Brewers third – The other Reyes
Anthony Reyes took over on the mound. Moeller walked with one out. Pujols forced him out at second as Glover's bunt attempt failed.
Cards fourth – Slowly moving
Albert drew a four-pitch leadoff walk. Edmonds doubled to right. J-Rod collected an RBI single. After Grudz fanned, So singled to score Edmonds. Two more strikeouts ended it quickly. Brewers 7-3.
Brewers fifth – Not much
Bill Hall singled to left with one out.
Cards sixth – Two on
J-Rod fanned, but reached on a wild pitch. He took second on a pickoff throw that Overbay missed at first. Then So walked. No one scored, however.
Brewers sixth – Another run
Leading off, Chad Magruder doubled over Edmonds in center. Reyes was called on a wild pitch that should have been a passed ball. Magruder took third and scored on a J.J. Hardy sac fly. Brewers 8-3.
Brewers seventh – Pitching change
Leading off, Carlos Lee singled off new pitcher Randy Flores. He was stranded.
Cards eighth – Gall off the bench
John Gall doubled into the left field corner with one out.
Cards ninth – Making it interesting
Schumaker singled to left with one out. Sanders walked. Chris Duncan collected his first major league hit, a full count double to the right center gap to score both runners. That caused the Brewers to call on their closer, Derrick Turnbow. Luna smacked a ground rule double to left center. Duncan scored. The game should have ended with the tying run at the plate as John Gall wildly swung at a ball that bounced a foot outside. Luna scored as the ball got away and Gall sprinted to first. Rodriguez singled through the right side. Seabol ended it with a chopper to short. Brewers 8-7.
Upcoming action - projected (times CDT)
Sunday @ Brewers: Jeff Suppan vs. Doug Davis 1:05pm WB11
Monday: Off day
Tuesday vs. Astros: Jason Marquis vs. Roy Oswalt 8:10pm FSNM
Wednesday vs. Astros: Chris Carpenter vs. Brandon Backe 8:10pm FSNM
Thursday: Off day
Friday vs. Cincinnati: Mark Mulder vs. Randy Keisler 8:10pm FSNM
Saturday vs. Cincinnati: Matt Morris vs. Ramon Ortiz 3:15pm WB11
Sunday vs. Cincinnati: Jeff Suppan vs. Brandon Claussen 1:15pm WB11
Regular season ends.
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