Archive for July, 2006

Busch Stadium: 7/19/06
Cardinals vs Braves

Thursday, July 20th, 2006

The start of this game was delayed for nearly 2 and a half hours as a violent storm ripped through St. Louis. First came the dust storm, then came the lightning and sideways rain. In the game itself, Carpenter worked quickly and effectively getting through 7 innings only allowing 2 runs. Jim Edmonds put the Cards up for good with a 3-run homer in the 4th and the Cardinals won a fairly quick game 8-3.

10 minutes from game time and it's still business as usual Those clouds don't look too promising Swirling winds create a dust storm blowing from the site of the old stadium through the new stadium
A gust of wind inflates the rain tarp World Championship flags above the Musial statue entrance Torrential downpour
Hurricane-like conditions Downtown St. Louis after the worst of storm was over Weather reports on the jumbotron
View from directly above right field bleachers Surreal orange sky Fans start to come back to their seats
Eagleton Courthouse through the upper deck fencing Spruce Street with orange sky A grounds keeper squeegees rainwater from the infield
Fans celebrate as Jim Edmonds rounds the bases on his 3-run homer Encarnacion leads off 1st as Molina stands in Eckstein chokes up on the bat

Busch Stadium: 7/13/06
Cardinals vs Dodgers

Friday, July 14th, 2006

This was the kind of game that the Cardinals of 2004 and 2005 thrived in. Jason Marquis kept them in the game with 8 strong innings. Jim Edmonds hit a game tying 2-run shot in the 7th. The Cards bullpen kept the Dodgers off the board and Albert Pujols rewarded the loyal fans who stuck around on this wet Thursday night with a walk off homer in the 14th.

Jason Marquis was effective going 8 innings and only allowing 2 runs The rain came but the game went on Fans stay dry on the Eads bridge replica
It's quite the party on the 'party porch' View of right field from the front row of section 271 West parking garage, Eagleton Courthouse, and Civil Courts
Upper deck rooftop behind home plate Jim Edmonds tied the game in the 7th with a 2-out 2-run blast to right Albert Pujols send the remaining fans home happy with a walk off homer in the bottom of the 14th

Busch Stadium: 7/1/06
Cardinals vs Royals

Sunday, July 2nd, 2006

The Good: The Cardinals rallied back to erase a 6-0 deficit with homeruns from Rolen, Molina, and Spiezio. Josh Hancock threw 4 and 1/3 innings of no-hit relief. Edmonds hit a pinch-hit game-tying HR in the bottom of the 9th. Pujols broke out of his slump with 4 hits. The Bad: Ponson gave up 6 runs on 7 hits and 5 walks in just 2 and 1/3 innings. Flores walked 3 men in a row and allowed the go ahead run to score without recording an out. The Cards had the bases loaded with nobody out in the 10th and failed to score. The Ugly: The Cardinals have now lost 10 of their last 11 games.

David Eckstein and Mark Teahen stand ready near 2nd base I'm not sure what Paul Bako is doing here behind Albert Pujols The front of the loge boxes in left field is just a few feet away from the foul pole
Stan Musial stares down Spruce St The old manual scoreboard from the old Busch Stadium View of the outfield and the Arch from the front of section 160
View of the infield from the front of section 160 Sun sets on Busch Stadium Josh Hancock didn't allow a hit in 4 and 1/3 innings of relief
Adam Wainwright pitches as Scott Rolen stands on the edge of the infield grass The squeeze is on, but Eckstein fails to get it down Pujols leads off the 11th with his 4th hit of the night