After the Cardinals lost 12-2 to the Brewers Friday night in what some of my colleagues at the SABR Convention described as "one of the worst baseball games ever witnessed," the funeral cortege for the 2007 season decided to reverse course and, for one day, marched itself back to the land of the living.
I opted for a single ticket for the second game of a day/night doubleheader in the Infield Terrace seats at the nice price of $29. The game was described as a sellout and the largest crowd of the season at Busch Stadium, but no one ever sat to my right and there were numerous patches of empty seats. This photo was at the beginning of the game and the crowd was still arriving. The Cardinals won the opener 7-6 rallying from an early 6-0 deficit with three runs in the ninth.
In the second game, the Cardinals were forced to start Anthony Reyes, who was 0-10 on the year with an ERA over 6.00. But the Brewers weren't exactly going with their best. Milwaukee started Chris Capuano and the Brewers hadn't won a game he started since early May.
Reyes walked leadoff man Corey Hart, but he was later caught stealing. The Cardinals then jumped on Capuano for three runs. The Brewers got a run in the second and another in the sixth on a Hart homer, but for six innings, Reyes was sharp, allowing just two hits.
And two hits is all that the Brewers would get. Ryan Franklin pitched two hitless innings and Jason Isringhausen picked up the save. The Cardinals added two insurance runs in the seventh to win 5-2.
With the Cubs win, the Brewers lead in the NL Central shrunk to just 1 1/2 games. And now the Brewers face the ignominy of losing a four-game series to the Cardinals. Especially since Kip Wells is starting for St. Louis Sunday.
But I will just leave you now with a few more photos from St. Louis and a brief quiz. I will recap the SABR Convention later.
I'm really tired.
I spent more time out of the hotel than at the convention.
The quiz. At the end of Friday's game, the Cardinals had this lineup:
Which positions were each of those nine players playing at the end of the game. No fair, looking at the boxscore!