Insiders - Cards Leave Detroit With A Split


Posted Oct 23, 2006


The Cardinals, even though they lost, 3-1, to the Detroit Tigers in Game 2 of the World Series, left Comerica Park with a split on the road and the knowledge that Chris Carpenter and Jeff Suppan are pitching the next two games in St. Louis.

Historically, when these two teams meet in the World Series, there is a definite road-team advantage. The teams are tied 8-8 in 16 games over the three Series; the Cardinals are 6-3 in Detroit and the Tigers are 5-2 in St. Louis, where the next three games will be played.

Some Cardinals hitters apparently complained after the first inning of Game 2 that Detroit starter Kenny Rogers had some foreign matter on his hand. Rogers said he washed some dirt and resin off his hand, and the Cardinals had even less success against Rogers after the first inning.

The Cardinals had two runners in the first and then only three in the next seven innings against the 41-year-old left-hander.

Jeff Weaver, an original Tiger who started for the Cardinals, allowed nine hits in five innings, but he was fairly resourceful, giving up just three runs.

The Cardinals' young bullpen, virtually flawless, didn't allow a run and permitted just one hit over the final three innings, but the Cardinals' offense couldn't break through. They scored only in the ninth when Tigers closer Todd Jones botched a comebacker and Jim Edmonds doubled home a run.

REPLAY: The Cardinals fell behind quickly Sunday night as Detroit left fielder Craig Monroe hit a solo homer off Jeff Weaver in the first inning, and the Tigers went on to a 3-1 victory over the Cardinals, tying the World Series at one game apiece.

Through eight innings, the Cardinals had just two hits off Kenny Rogers before they got two more hits in the ninth off closer Todd Jones, including Jim Edmonds' run-scoring double.

--3B Scott Rolen singled twice, extending his postseason hitting streak to seven games.

--2B Ronnie Belliard, who was just 2-for-22 against LHP Kenny Rogers, sat out and was replaced by Aaron Miles, who was 0-for-3.

--The Cardinals, counting the regular season, are 26-37 in games started by left-handed pitchers. They are 3-3 in the postseason and could face three more left-handed starts, including one by Rogers, if the Series goes seven games.

--Through their postseason run, in which they have an 8-5 record, the Cardinals haven't won more than two consecutive games, but they haven't had any two-game losing streaks, either.

--RHP Adam Wainwright, who fanned the only batter he faced, has had seven straight scoreless innings in the postseason.

--LHP Randy Flores and RHP Josh Kinney, two other members of the Cardinals' outstanding young bullpen, both have postseason scoreless streaks of 5 2/3 innings.

BY THE NUMBERS: 2 -- Fewest number of baserunners RHP Jeff Weaver had in his five innings in Game 2.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I made one bad pitch to (Craig) Monroe, a cutter down the middle that he didn't miss. Other than that, I felt good. Just a lot of balls that bled in." -- RHP Jeff Weaver, talking about the home run he gave up in Game 2 and how the rest of his start went.



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