The Coaches Game
The St. Louis Cardinals sent Dyar Miller to the mound to start the first Coaches game of
Home Team - the “So”
team – Starting Lineup;
Bryan Anderson, DH
2. Gary Bennett, C
Albert Pujols, 1B
4. Adam Kennedy, 2B
Scott Rolen, 3B
David Eckstein, SS
7. Rick Ankiel, LF
8. So Taguchi, CF
Preston Wilson, RF
Visiting Team – the
“Skip” team – Starting Lineup
Danilo Sanchez, DH
Yadier Molina, C
3. Eli Marrero, 1B
Aaron Miles, 2B
Scott Spiezio, 3B
Jolbert Cabrera, SS
Chris Duncan, LF
8. Skip Schumaker, CF
9. John Rodriguez, RF
TOP OF THE
for the “Skip” team, the DH, Danilo
Sanchez – flew out to deep left as Rick Ankiel makes a diving catch to rob Sanchez of a hit. (OUT)
Yadier Molina drove a ball into left
center for a base hit. The first of many we hope.
Eli Marrero came up to the plate
next. Marrero is trying to make the club as
the Cardinals third string catcher or a utility man who can play all outfield
positions, 1st and yes catch. Marrero doubles down the left field
line, and Ankiel who earlier made a
great play to rob Sanchez of an
extra base hit, bobbled the ball, allowing Molina to score and Marrero to move to
third on the throw to home.
Aaron Miles flied out to right field
deep enough to score Marrero from
Scott Spiezio, a switch-hitter batting
left handed this time, came to the plate with two outs and hit a hard line drive
to right for a base hit.
#19 Jolbert Cabrera stepped up to the
plate with two outs and Spiezio on
first and flies out to Rick Ankiel
in left for the final out. (OUT)
At the end
of the top half of the 1st inning it is the Skip Team 2, with the
“SO” team coming to bat.
BOTTOM OF THE
for the “SO” team, catcher Bryan
Anderson #87, delivers a base hit to left to start the inning.
catcher Gary Bennett grounds out
into a 4-6-3 double play that was turned very quick by old and new teammates Adam Kennedy and David Eckstein. (TWO OUTS)
already and the bases are empty. Maybe the Cardinals found their fifth starter
in pitching coach Dyar Miller.
Albert Pujols gets some wood on the
ball and flies out to deep center to close out the bottom half of the
As the end
of one inning of play the “SKIP” team had a 2-0 lead.
TOP OF THE
Big Chris Duncan, led off for the “SKIP”
team and doubled to center and Dunc
probably would have surprised you by how fast he got over to second
Skip Schumaker, hit a doubled down the
right field line, driving Duncan
home from second. The back to back doubles gave the underdog “SKIP” team, a 3-0
lead over the heavily favored “SO” team. What else would you expect from a
John Rodriguez grounded out to first,
as Schumaker moved to third on the
CHANGE – Cardinals manager Tony La Russa sends in special pitching coach Dennis
Martinez to relieve Dyar Miller.
DH Danilo Sanchez stepped up to the plate
to face Martinez and promptly hit a
sacrifice fly to left, deep enough to score Schumaker from 3rd. (OUT)
Yadier Molina, grounded into a 6-3
At the end
of 1 1/2 innings the “Skip” team leads the “SO” team 4-0
BOTTOM OF THE
Scott Rolen led off the second and
after the first pitch from Dennis Martinez, that seemed to have a lot of
movement on it, Rolen asked La Russa to check the ball. Rolen then hit a single
David Eckstein – grounded into a double
play. (2 OUTS)
Rick Ankiel homered to left, to put the
“SO” team on the board. Score
4-1 Ok we forgive you for the
miscue in left.
SO Taguchi – got an infield hit after
hustling down the line. How can you not like this guy?
Preston Wilson – got a base hit, moving
Taguchi to second.
Bryan Anderson – got the third hit in a
row and Taguchi scored.
Gary Bennett – grounds out to short as
Cabrera makes a short toss to Miles. (OUT)
At the end of two innings the “Skip” team’s lead is down to
TOP OF THE
The Cardinals sent in minor league pitching coordinator, Mark
Riggins to pitch the third and final inning.
The “Skip” team sent Eli
Marrero to the plate to lead off the inning. Marrero doubled down the left field
line. He still has some speed folks, beating out a throw to second that might
have gotten someone else.
Second baseman Aaron
Miles got a base hit to right, to move Marrero to third.
Runners at first and third, the “Skip” team was looking to extend
their lead over the star- studded “SO” team.
Scott Spiezio hit a
single to left, scoring Marrero from
third and Ankiel once again bobbles
the ball on the play, as Miles
advances to third base. The “Skip”
team goes ahead 5-1.
Jobert Cabrera hit a
sacrifice fly to center, scoring Miles from third. (OUT)
Left fielder Chris
Duncan drove a single to left, moving Spiezio to third.
Skip Schumaker hit a
ball toward second base, where Adam
Kennedy made a spectacular play to save a hit, throwing Skip out at first.
Spiezio scores from third, giving
his team a 7-2 lead. (OUT)
grounded out to Kennedy at second
who made the throw to first to end the inning. (OUT)
The Skip Team led the multi-million dollar “SO” team 7-2, going
into the bottom of the 3rd.
BOTTOM OF THE
Albert Pujols led off
the third with a double to the gap in left center and moves to third on a poor
throw from center that wasn’t handled at second.
Scott Rolen flied out
to short center, Pujols stays on
grounded out to second, scoring Pujols from third, cutting the lead down to 7-3.
Rick Ankiel doubles
off the outfield fence on a play that should have been made by Chris Duncan in left, who is still a
work in progress when it comes to his defense.
SO Taguchi on the
advice of Albert Pujols, hit a
two-run home run over the left field fence to move within two runs of the “SKIP”
Wilson stepped up into the batters box with the bases empty, trying to get
on to bring the tying run to the plate. Wilson grounded to short to end the
inning and what you might think would be the end of the three inning game, but
Cardinal’s manager Tony La Russa, in the tradition of Vince
McMahon of the World Wresting Federation, acting as the Coaches League
Commissioner, comes out and gives the “SO” team three more batters. Hey is this
The game continues, with the “SO” team trailing 7-5, pulling out
all stops to avoid a loss.
Apparently the lineup card was somehow lost or was written in
pencil, as Rick Ankiel stepped to
the plate (didn’t he just bat two batters ago?) and sliced a ball to deep right
center, out of the range of anyone, or so I thought, a fully outstretch John
Rodriguez near the track made a great diving catch to save the day, or at least
Albert Pujols steps
out on the field, now that no one can find a lineup card, I know he just batted.
He looks to the fans on the other side of the fence in left and like the great
“Babe” himself, hits a homerun there to give a lucky fan a ball to take home.
The team’s Captain SO Taguchi who had already hit a two-run homer
in the same inning, tries again to work his magic, this time hitting a soft fly
to the outfield to end the game.
Final Score – “SKIP” 7
A rematch is supposed to be scheduled for Tuesday.
COACH’S GAME NOTES
to a report filed by Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch and the
popular Bird Land Blog, “Adam Kennedy, who robbed Skip Schumaker of
a base hit with a lunging stop to his left in the coach’s
game, did not take his at-bats during the coaches game. The Cardinals’
starting second baseman felt a twinge in his right side — “nothing serious,” he
said — during batting practice Sunday. He took Monday off from swings to make
sure the injury didn’t worsen.”