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Game 65 // Third Inning, St. Louis // The Dodgers’ Infield Sneak

TOP OF THE THIRD: DODGERS 4 (0) – 0 CARDINALS

 

Dave Roberts is looking out at Busch Stadium from the top step of the dugout, a Brooklyn “B” on his cap—the revived emblem of a team gone for California a quarter-century before his first birthday. The backs of their jerseys still have names, the helmets still read L.A., and the era we’re meant to revisit feels lost in the HD online stream of digital 2016ity. Cousin to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim: The Brooklyn Dodgers of Los Angeles. Continue reading “Game 65 // Third Inning, St. Louis // The Dodgers’ Infield Sneak”

Game 52 // Ninth Inning, Cincinnati // Votto Time

 // Sketch by Henry Gustavson

 

TOP OF THE NINTH: REDS 6 – (4) 6 CARDINALS

 

The Cardinals strike back. As always, as dreaded, as anticipated (by now) every time an NL Central tenant finds themselves with a lead.

And the red-faced Reds, a late-game lead vanished, looking up at Continue reading “Game 52 // Ninth Inning, Cincinnati // Votto Time”

Game 39 // Eighth Inning, St. Louis // Quadruple to Hazelbaker

TOP OF THE EIGHTH: DIAMONDBACKS 9 (4) – 2 CARDINALS

 

I check the MLB Gameday feed and see this in the 8th inning: Single to center fielder Jeremy Hazelbaker. Below that: Single to center fielder Jeremy Hazelbaker. Again: Single to center fielder Jeremy Hazelbaker. And for the coup de grâce, the quadruple-stacked burger of cardinal meat, there’s a fourth update: Single to center fielder Jeremy Hazelbaker.

Has this happened before? It must be approaching some kind of Continue reading “Game 39 // Eighth Inning, St. Louis // Quadruple to Hazelbaker”

Game 38 // Fourth Inning, St. Louis // Cardinals Top the Rockies

TOP OF THE FOURTH: CARDINALS 4 – (2) 6 ROCKIES

 

It’s an odd combination of color at Busch Stadium, with the deep purple of Colorado at the plate and the bright red of St. Louis on the mound—on the cap, the glove, the shoes, the belt, the two small birds stitched into the chest of every jersey. Continue reading “Game 38 // Fourth Inning, St. Louis // Cardinals Top the Rockies”

Game 28 // Ninth Inning, St. Louis // Carpenter Builds a Win

TOP OF THE NINTH: CARDINALS 4 – (3) 4 PIRATES

 

It’s the first return to Busch Stadium for David Freese, who gets a standing ovation and the first chance (of probably many) to knock his former team back a peg or two in the NL Central standings.

He’s up against Trevor Rosenthal, who comes in flame-throwing 98-mph fastballs on the outside corners, wearing the classic, off-white uniform that would make Patrick Bateman faint in swooning jealousy. Continue reading “Game 28 // Ninth Inning, St. Louis // Carpenter Builds a Win”

Game 21 // Sixth Inning, Phoenix // Wainwright Rights the Ship

TOP OF THE SIXTH: CARDINALS 7 2 – 3 D-BACKS

 

Patrick Corbin is on the mound tonight for Arizona, wearing all-white shoes in the vein of the Pee-Wee Herman biker bar dance scene of Great Adventure, as he delivers a strike to Yadier Molina and proudly mutters to himself under his breath, “Tequila!!”  Continue reading “Game 21 // Sixth Inning, Phoenix // Wainwright Rights the Ship”

Game 14 // Fourth Inning, St. Louis // Jason Heyward Strikes Back

TOP OF THE FOURTH: CUBS 2 0 – 1 CARDINALS

 

It’s a grudge match tonight: Cardinals miffed, Cubs nervously hopeful.

It’s bragging rights, a rematch, an eons-long rivalry, a rehash of last year NLDS, a parallel midwest face-off as the Blackhawks lose to the Blues, it’s the first face-to-face meeting after an offseason of Continue reading “Game 14 // Fourth Inning, St. Louis // Jason Heyward Strikes Back”

Game 3 // Eleventh Inning, Pittsburgh // Glory for Jordy Mercer

TOP OF THE ELEVENTH: Pirates 5 – 5 Cardinals

It’s 40 degrees at first pitch in Pittsburgh, and in the frozen late-night wasteland of the 11th inning it’s becoming too cold to mention, as Brandon Moss strides up to bat for the Cardinals. Probably not much of a Continue reading “Game 3 // Eleventh Inning, Pittsburgh // Glory for Jordy Mercer”