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Detroit "Walks Off" With Series Win Over St. Louis

The Redbirds looked to improve on their inter-league road trip Tuesday as they headed to Detroit to play an under-achieving Tigers club. However, Jim Leyland and the Tigers had redemption from the 2006 World Series on their mind.

Cardinals hats & merchandise St. Louis took the 1 st game of the series behind another solid offensive attack without Albert Pujols. The Redbirds tallied 14 hits as they gave Braden Looper (9-5) 8 runs in support of an 8-4 road victory over Kenny Rogers (5-5) and the Tigers. Braden Looper would give up 4 earned runs but was able to eat up 6 innings of work until the Cardinals were able to pour on the offense later in the game against Detroit’s bullpen after Kenny Rogers left runners on base in the 6th. Cardinals outfielder Brian Barton belted his 2 nd homer of the season in the 2 nd inning off of Rogers, who’s ERA has jumped up to 4.60.

Tony LaRussa’s club looked to take their 2nd consecutive road series from an AL opponent in as many tries coming into Wednesday. Neither starter was able to make it out of the 5th inning in a game featuring 2 red-hot starting pitchers in Kyle Lohse and Armando Galarraga. The Birds jumped on Armando Galarraga early with 1st inning solo jobs off the bats of Skip Schumaker and Rick Ankiel. The game went into the 9 th inning tied at 7 in front of 40,000+ fans at Comerica Park. Tiger closer Todd Jones retired Glaus, Duncan, and Molina in order giving the home team a chance for heroics in the bottom half of the 9th. Kyle McClellan stayed in the game in the 9th to pitch for St. Louis with Thomas, Sheffield, and Renteria due up. Renteria would not see another at-bat in the game, as Thomas would lead the inning off with a double. Gary Sheffield, who has struggled to find his swing thus far this season, singled Thomas in to win the game, dropping McClellan to 0-3 on the year and improving Jones to 3-0.

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In a rubber match on Thursday, Detroit would again excite the crowd with another win in walk-off fashion. Albert Pujols was reinstated into the line-up and would DH for the Cards. Albert was 3-3 on the day heading into the top of the 9th with a runner in scoring position and a chance to give the Cardinals the go-ahead run. Todd Jones could not hold the game tied as Pujols delivered with a base knock giving St. Louis a 2-1 lead heading into the bottom of the 9 th, where Gary Sheffield again delivered for the Tigers. A 2-2 pitch with one out by Ryan Franklin was sent over the left field fence and this game would go to extras. Mike Parisi (0-4) would look to extend the game further in the bottom of the 10 th, but the Tigers gave the Cardinals a little dose of their own medicine, playing small ball to create a little late night magic. The speedy Curtis Granderson led the inning off with a single shortly before being moved over to 2nd on a sack bunt by Ryan Raburn. The Cards then elected to intentionally pass Carlos Guillen. A Magglio Ordonez fly-out moved Granderson to 3rd. Parisi chose not to face slugger, Miguel Carbrera, and intentionally walked him to load the bases. The Tigers would win game 3 of the series by Clete Thomas taking a 3-2 pitch outside. Bobby Seay got his 1 st win on the year, improving to 1-1.

The Redbirds stay on the road as they look to get even with a Kansas City ball club that swept them in their ballpark last week. Kansas City, winners of 5 straight games, will look to come out of the cellar of the AL Central by handing the ball tonight to Gil Meche (5-8) who will face Joel Pineiro (2-3). Mark Mulder is slotted to make his season debut in game 2, but do not be surprised if Mitchell Boggs (2-0) gets the nod against Kyle Davies (3-0). Braden Looper (9-5) and Brian Bannister (7-6) will cap off the series on Sunday in this I-70 series.


By Zack Estes
St. Louis Cardinals Correspondent

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