09/15/2004: Magic Number Watch:
Down to 4, and counting.
The Cubs, those bastards, failed to come to our assistance, instead deciding that beating the Pirates like a red headed stepchild was more fun. Screw 'em; despite my expressed misgivings earlier the At-Least-Pretty-Good Matty Mo showed up, giving up only 4 hits (one a two run homer, as I mentioned earlier) and two runs. Unfortunately for him, he got a no decision, and Kiko Calero picked up the win, as the Cards touched Houston reliever Russ Springer for two runs; first Jedmonds sacrificed, scoring Pujols for the go-ahead run, and then Reggie Sanders, after taking third base on a Houston fielding flub, scored the insurance run on a wild pitch by Springer. Springer was then yanked for reliever Chad Qualls, who managed to shut down the Birdinals to end the inning, but if you've been following Cardinals baseball at all you know the drill: out comes Jason Isringhausen, the 'stros go down in order (Lance Berkman lines out to Tony Womack; Jeff Kent lines out to So Taguchi (defensive replacement for Reggie Sanders in left field), and then Mike Lamb hits a grounder to Edgar Rentaria for a nice 6-3 putout to Pujols) and it's another victory for the Birds on the Bat.
Bottom line: 4 more Cards wins, 4 more Cub losses (or any combination thereof), and the Cards bring home Yet Another NL Central Pennant.
Life is good and looks to get better.
Len on 09.15.04 @ 10:10 PM CST