Archive for May, 2006

Busch Stadium: 5/30/06
Cardinals vs Astros

Wednesday, May 31st, 2006

Anthony Reyes was sharp in his Busch debut, and was in line for the win before the bullpen let it slip away. Rolen and Encarnacion went back to back in the 4th off Andy Pettitte. The game fell apart in the 7th when the Astros scored 5 runs capped by a Craig Biggio homer.

View of populated left field upper-deck and St. Louis Skyline Anthony Reyes was sharp in his Busch Stadium debut Sun sets on a capacity crowd at Busch Stadium
View down the right field line from the outfield loge boxes View from the right field loge boxes as Reyes fires to the plate View of right field loge boxes and outfield scoreboard patio
Andy Pettitte pitches to Albert Pujols Pujols swings Sun sets on a capacity crowd at Busch Stadium

Busch Stadium: 5/14/06
Cardinals vs Diamondbacks

Monday, May 15th, 2006

What started out as a pitchers duel quickly descended into a comedy of errors with Rolen, Pujols, and Eckstein all mysteriously botching routine plays. Carpenter didn’t allow an earned run before being pinch hit for with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 6th. The D-backs made their share of fielding blunders as well and it was back and forth all day. Edmonds made a spectacular diving catch in center to help keep it a 1-run deficit heading into the bottom of the 9th. Alas, the sweep was just not meant to be as Pujols hit a 9th inning long ball that would have flown over the fence on most days but fell a few feet short.

View from behind new right field foul pole New right field foul pole Chris Carpenter was money but he got no help from his defense on this day
Bases juiced with Rolen at the plate Chris Carpenter was money but he got no help from his defense on this day Luis Gonzalez leads off as Pujols patrols first base
Edmonds swings away with his pink bat Yadier Molina gets a clutch hit to tie the game 3-3 Adam Wainwright wasn't allowed to clean up his own mess and picked up the hard luck loss
View of the Arch on this overcast afternoon View from left field standing room The Cards bullpen pissed this game away in the 7th
7th inning stretch from the left field corner The line score doesn't even do justice to how sloppily this game was played The wave was warranted on this cold damp drawn out affair

Busch Stadium: 5/12/06
Cardinals vs Diamondbacks

Saturday, May 13th, 2006

The Cardinals jumped out in front of the Diamondbacks with 3 straight singles and a sac fly to lead 2-0 in the 1st. Mulder was solid aside from a hiccup in the form of a 2-run homer allowed in the 5th. Edmonds put the Cards up for good with a 2-run bomb in the bottom half of the 5th following a Pujols HBP and the Cards cruised to a 5-3 win.

Old Courthouse, Gateway Arch, outfield scoreboard, St. Louis skyline Old Courthouse Upper Deck
Retired Numbers Rogers Hornsby 1 Ozzie Smith 2 Red Schoendienst 6 Stan Musial 9 Enos Slaughter 14 Ken Boyer 17 Dizzy Dean 20 Lou Brock 42 Jackie Robinson 45 Bob Gibson 85 Gussie Busch Jack Buck Albert Pujols .328 AVG 18 HR 43 RBIs Leads MLB with 10 game winning RBIs Pujols drops a base hit into shallow right center field to drive in Eckstein
Mulder had a quality start and got his 4th win of the season Pujols tries for HR number 19 Brick facade and standing room in the upper deck concourse
The last row of the upper deck as seen from the concourse below View of outfield from standing room down the third base line Area outside main stadium entrance as seen from above
View from above Gate 3 View north of 8th Street Izzy closes out the win