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UCB Progressive Game Blog – 7th Inning

2011 marks the fourth annual progressive game blog for the United Cardinal Bloggers. We participated in the event last year, and apparently we did alright, since not only did Daniel¬†allow us to come back for this year’s event, he even was nice enough to let us draw the seventh inning stretch again!

Welcome to those of you that are coming over from El Maquino, who posted the sixth inning. If you would like to see the rundown of the entire lineup for today’s progressive game blog, head over to the official UCB site. There are a lot of unique voices this year, and you will see a lot of different styles and opinions being tossed out. That would be one of the best things about the UCB in my opinion. Seriously, head over there and check them all out. Tell them I sent you! ūüôā

Now, on to the seventh! Being a resident of the frozen tundra known as Wisconsin, and knowing just how bad the Brewers had been over the last seven games (Yes, 0-7), I was secretly hoping for another blowout, but in true 2010 style, the Cardinals have laid a nice game down for a struggling pitcher. Darn.

Kyle Lohse came into the seventh with 83 pitches, 4 hits, 1 run, 2 walks and 1 strikeout. Erika note:¬†Great to see him going deeper into games. I agree!¬†Thankfully Matthew Leach echoed my other thoughts with his tweet of, “Seems to me that Lohse is getting away with a lot today. Not getting his pitches down nearly as much as I suspect he’d like.”

Yovani Gallardo came into this game on a horrible stretch. He has not won in his last five starts, and came into the game with an ERA over 6. He honestly just sounded and looked down on himself during the pre-game interviews.

Jonathan Lucroy was up first for the Brew crew in the top of the seventh inning and struck out on a sinker up in the zone from Lohse.

Carlos Gomez, who made a fantastic catch in the bottom of the first inning, lined a shot just to the right of Tyler Greene, who snared it for out number two. Erika note:¬†Would Theriot have caught that?¬†I think that Ryan Theriot would have probably been able to make that play, but dang if I didn’t smile that Greene was there instead. The Brewer announcers really like Greene’s arm, describing many of his throws throughout the day as “frozen ropes.”

Gallardo then came up, and didn’t waste any time striking out. The interesting thing about constantly watching the away team’s TV broadcast is that you always get their little spin on it. I’ll be honest – the Brewers’ TV color analysts are actually fairly knowledgeable about the opposing teams. They caught Tony on camera, and made a few references about his tendencies to analyze everything, and ended the inning with, “Tony LaRussa, wondering how to solve this young Brewer pitcher.” A puzzle indeed…

Gallardo comes into the bottom of the seventh having already pitched 92 pitches, so despite the fact that he has a no-hitter, I don’t expect him to actually finish this game. He does only have 3 walks, which is good (for Brewer fans at least), but the Cardinals have at least gotten deep into the count on him.

Matt Holliday came up first, and despite his still being over .400 on the season, grounded out weakly to Rickie Weeks at second.

Lance Berkman is up. You just feel that every time the Cardinals need a big hit this year, Berkman is going to be the guy to get it. However, it wasn’t to be this time, as he worked the count full and drew his second walk of the day, which puts Gallardo’s pitch count at 101 with just one out in the seventh.

Yadier Molina is up next. Erika note: Last night on FSMW we saw Yadi’s neck tattoos (right side) really close up. ¬†They are musical notes?!! ¬†No kidding.¬†

The shadows have reached that awkward point in the afternoon where the line between sun and shadow is between the pitcher and the batter. Advantage, Gallardo. ……………….Yeah, Yadi hit into a double play. I think the biggest dagger in that one was hearing the Brewers announcers say, “And Molina hits into the double play to end the inning, barely running it out.”

*growls something about Yadi not running anything out. Ever.*

Bob Netherton might have said it best about that frustrating 1-4-3 double play when he tweeted, “In almost half a century of watching baseball, that is the first time I’ve seen a hit and run turned into a double play with a ground ball.”

So that ends the seventh inning. Gallardo still has his no-hitter intact, although he is also now at 104 pitches. Head on over to Cards ‘N Stuff for the 8th inning recap. Here’s hoping Kevin can break up the no-no for us!

Jon Jay – Rookie Luck or Here to Stay?

Welcome to your Tuesday Baseball Fans!


Warning! Slow baseball week ahead!

TWO Cardinal off-days (Monday and Thursday)  plus a day game on Wednesday will leave a lot of evenings to fill with something other than Cardinals games.  Last night I caught the Padres/Cubs game on WGN and watched our old pal Ryan Ludwick in San Diego blue as the Padres beat the Cubs (something the Cardinals should have been able to do in their last two games).

While I will always cherish the fond memories I have of Luddy wearing the Birds on the Bat and patrolling right field for the Cardinals, there is this new fella that has helped ease my heartache. ¬†Jon Jay has stepped up and become the new darling of the Cardinal rookies. ¬†*Sorry Freese… absence is not making my heart grow fonder! ;)*

Today I profile Jon Jay at BaseballDigest.com.
You can find it here.

Give it a read and let me know your thoughts/opinions.  Has Jay peaked as a rookie already or will the baseball magic continue?

Cardinals vs Brewers (2 game stand at Busch Stadium starts tonight at 7:15pm)
GO CARDS!!

A Cardinal Fan’s Guide to Miller Park

I don’t want to talk about what I missed last night. It upsets me. I spent the evening in Milwaukee at Miller Park. Why? Long story short, my school was given tickets, and 1 came to me, so I made the trek to spend the game surrounded by adoring 5th graders and gossipy soccer moms. Thrilling.
Instead of telling you too many gruesome details about the Brewers/Pirates game I witnessed, I thought I would use this post to give you a quick guide to Miller Park, especially if you’re going with the other teams’ gear on. Also, since I am starting this post at midnight, I’m way too tired to put this into coherent paragraphs, so you get a bullet list. Take it and like it!
Still love ya, Jimmy, but it was hard to watch you out there.
    • Brewer fans love them some Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder. I was under the impression that they were decently appreciative of Jim Edmonds as well, but those were Cardinal fans cheering for him a few weeks ago. Tonight? I was probably cheering louder than any Brewer fan there. Also, he’s lost several steps in the outfield. Balls he used to pull in bounced in front of the warning track tonight. Sad. After that, the loudest sounds in the park begin when Trevor Hoffman comes in. Bring earplugs for that, because that was the loudest I’ve ever heard Hell’s Bells. Hoffman’s looked awful this year too. If you think boo’s were raining down on Izzy in his rough patches… you didn’t hear 28,000 people chewing out Trevor Hoffman tonight. They’re screaming his name all the way in from the bullpen, and 2 minutes later the boo birds were out in full force. That was ugly.
  • If you’re interested in watching warm-ups and batting practice but not¬†looking to score autographs you probably won’t get, get to the gates just before the park opens 90 min before gametime. They let you in as long as you’re going to TGIFriday’s. To me – that’s genius,¬†because the food is actually priced normally, and if you sit outside you’re hanging out right above left field. Bonus to this is you’re right over the top of the (visiting) pitchers who come out to left to stretch and warm up their arms. You’ve also got a pretty decent shot at a bp ball, and the boys toss quite a few up in the stands/seating area for Fridays. A few weeks ago Holliday tossed us a ball that was just a shade too high, so it hit off the facade and bounced down behind the wall. It happens.
  • There are usually a pretty good number of Cardinal fans there. Not quite the number that head to KC for the Royals’ series, but you’re not alone by any stretch.
  • Brewer fans are nice until they’re intoxicated, and they’re willing to have a conversation with you as long as you’re ‘not as rude as those awful Cubs fans.’ Many of them will tell you they trade in their Cubs tickets because the fans are so awful to deal with. I hear more horror stories about Brewer/Cub games with every passing game I attend. They really are that bad. But Brewer fans are pretty okay with Cardinal fans. Even last night, as I was the only person in the stadium wearing Cardinals apparel, no one said a word to me about it.
  • If you’re going for upper deck, go for row 8, which is the front row of the upper deck. I found this out by chance a few weeks ago, and it was nice being in the ‘front row.’
  • Second deck seats in Miller Park are awesome. Sitting behind 5 rows entirely filled with the Madden family reunion is not quite as awesome, but the view is still really good.¬†I’ve yet to find a horrible seat at the park, although looking through a bar that went horizontally right through the pitcher’s mound one night wasn’t fun.
  • Buy tickets off stub-hub. That’s a given, but most of the people in our section one night snagged tickets for 8 bucks each. You’re not going to find that in St. Louis for sure. Last year’s Labor Day game (Carpenter pitched a 1 hitter!) I had 10th row tickets for under 30 bucks.
  • Vendors are decent, security is tight, bathrooms are clean. Seat jumping does not go over well, but it’s easier than Kansas City.
  • The next time you think about complaining/talking/commenting on the annoyance of the wave at Busch, just stop. I saw THIS guy (sitting completely alone – as in, his whole section of seats was empty) start the wave in the¬†first inning¬†last night. He then proceeded to start it every half inning through the bottom of the 5th, no matter what was happening in the game. During the top of the 5th inning alone, he attempted to start the wave over 9 times. How many was it? I don’t know – I got bored after 9. Needless to say, St. Louis is not the worst city in the world on annoying wave starters.
  • Either get out of the stadium ASAP, or just hang out after the game for an hour, because the parking lot situation is a disaster, as well as being completely trashed. If you managed not to run over a can, bottle, grill, bean bag, baseball, or other piece of trash, kudos.
  • Also, Milwaukee is a disaster area of a city in terms of highway construction. Take GPS and Google Maps and cross your fingers you don’t get lost or detoured. If you St. Louis drivers thought 40 construction was bad, try doing the same thing to 70 and 270 – all at the same time. People that have lived there for 15 years are getting lost.
Again, I wish I could chat with you about the Cardinals game last night. I hope this will suffice!
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