Game Observations – Tue. 6/6 – Reds 7-0

Eric Milton bedeviled the Cards on 6/6/06

The St. Louis Cardinals lost the second of the three-game series against the Cincinnati Reds by a 7-0 score on Tuesday evening at Busch Stadium. After having not lost a home series all season, the reeling Redbirds have now lost two in a row, both to NL Central Division rivals. The Cards' lead over the Reds dropped to a single game as their record fell to 35-23.

The St. Louis Cardinals lost the second of the three-game series against the Cincinnati Reds by a 7-0 score on Tuesday evening at Busch Stadium. After having not lost a home series all season, the reeling Redbirds have now lost two in a row, both to NL Central Division rivals. The Cards' lead over the Reds dropped to a single game as their record fell to 35-23.

On his return from the disabled list, Chris Carpenter was understandably rusty. He pitched five innings, allowing three runs on nine hits and two walks. The Reds had baserunners in each of the first seven innings. Josh Hancock and Brad Thompson each allowed two runs in a continuation of the previous evening's bullpen woes.

On the other hand, the Reds' Eric Milton allowed just five hits and no walks in seven innings. The Cards anemic offense had their best opportunity in the first inning, but couldn't convert with two runners in scoring position. Scott Rolen had a single and a double and So Taguchi added a two-base hit.

One year ago today
On June 6, 2005, Matt Morris pitched his 17th career complete game and his seventh consecutive win, as the Cards won 7-1 over Boston at Busch. The Cards had four hits in a row during the second to give the team their first three runs. Reggie Sanders went 2-for-4 and David Eckstein was 3-for-5 with three RBI and was 3-for-3 with runners in scoring position.

The match-up
Chris Carpenter faced Eric Milton.

The line-up
Eckstein, Taguchi (CF), Rolen, Encarnacion, Edmonds (1B), Luna (LF), Molina, Miles and Carpenter.
The starting eight are identical to the previous evening's line-up. La Russa hasn't done that many times this season.

On to the game…

Reds first – Down fast
Felipe Lopez homered to right on an 0-2 count. Ken Griffey, Jr. walked, but was erased in an Adam Dunn inning-ending double play. Reds 1-0.

Cards first – Two RISP
With one down, So reached on an error by Adam Dunn in left. He can hit, but is a butcher with the glove. Rolen doubled, but because the play was to left, So had to stop at third. Sadly, Encarnacion and Edmonds both popped out to short.

Reds second – Two more runs
Scott Hatteberg and Brandon Phillips each doubled to left with one down. Phillips also came in on a David Ross single. Reds 3-0.

Cards second – Three down
In order.

Reds third – Two more runners
Griffey singled off Edmonds' glove with one out. Adam Dunn drew a walk. Neither scored, at least.

Cards third – Another RISP
Taguchi shot a two-out double over Griffey's head in center, but Rolen popped out.

Reds fourth – Sort of holding them
Ross singled with one out. Ryan Freel singled with two out, but the two runners were stranded on the corners when Felipe Lopez fanned swinging.

Reds fifth – Dodged more
Griffey singled leading off. Encarnacion was hit by a pitch. On a Hatteberg single, Griffey was held up at third and Encarnacion apparently pulled a hamstring as he started to run toward third. He was the second out and had to leave the contest. No one scored.

Cards fifth – One hit; no help
Miles singled to center with one out. Scott Spiezio made his first appearance since being sidelined by a respiratory ailment and fanned.

Reds sixth – No worse
Josh Hancock took over, facing his former teammates. Ryan Freel doubled into the left field corner with two outs, but Lopez ground out ended it.

Cards sixth – Fourth hit
Rolen singled on a play that Brandon Phillips almost made a great play on. Juan Encarnacion took over at first after a force out at second. Edmonds flied out on the first pitch.

Reds seventh – Dunn for the night
Hancock walked Griffey leading off. This will lead nowhere good. Sure enough, Dunn parked a ball into the seats in right center. Phillips singled with two out. Reds 5-0.

Cards seventh – Losing time
Molina singled to left with one out. Pinch-hitter Chris Duncan hit a comebacker with two out to end it.

Reds eighth – Brad best
Brad Thompson took over on the mound and retired the Reds in order for the first time all evening on three ground outs.

Cards eighth – Puttin' the Hammond down
Chris Hammond relived Milton and made quick work of the Cards' hitters.

Reds ninth – Brad battered
Against Thompson, Griffey drew a leadoff walk and scored on a double to the wall in left center by Dunn. Dunn trotted home and a double into the left center gap by Hatteberg. A Brandon Phillips infield single put runners at the corners, but no more damage ensued. Reds 7-0.

Cards ninth – Whiteout
Former Cardinal Rick White came on to end it, which he did.

Upcoming action – probable starters (times CDT)
Wed. vs. Reds: Sidney Ponson vs. Aaron Harang 7:10 p.m. FSNM
Thursday: Off day
Friday @ Brewers: Mark Mulder vs. Jorge De La Rosa 7:05 p.m. FSNM
Saturday @ Brewers: Jason Marquis vs. Chris Capuano 6:05 p.m. FSNM
Sunday @ Brewers: Jeff Suppan vs. Dave Bush 1:05 p.m. WB11

Brian Walton can be reached via email at brwalton@earthlink.net.

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