The Official St. Louis Cardinals vs. Cleveland Indians thread 27/06/06


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Okay here's my preview of today's game 2.

Pitching matchup
CLE: RHP C.C. Sabathia (5-4, 5.19 ERA)
Sabathia was uncharacteristically rocked in his last outing against the Cubs on Wednesday. He got stuck in a bases-loaded jam in the third inning and never got out of it. He lasted just 2 1/3 innings, giving up nine earned runs on eight hits with two walks and two strikeouts. It was his shortest outing since Opening Day, when an oblique injury forced an early exit.

STL: RHP Anthony Reyes (1-1, 1.80 ERA)
Reyes has done nothing but impress every time he's gotten a start in the big leagues. Now, for the first time, he'll make consecutive starts. It remains to be seen how he'll fare once there's more video and more scouting information on him. So far, though, there's very little not to like.

Player to Watch: David Eckstein
The Cardinals shortstop is the only Redbird who has hit well against Sabathia, registering a .278 average (5-for-18) and a .409 on-base percentage. Eckstein also hits very well at home, batting over .350.


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Okay here's my review of game 2.

Unlike his last start, there was no quit in C.C. Sabathia.

Eight dominant innings from the left-hander, who was battered in his last outing, helped the Cleveland Indians win consecutive games for the first time since the beginning of June and send the St. Louis Cardinals to their eighth straight loss with a 3-1 victory on Tuesday night.

Ronnie Belliard hit a two-run homer in the first for the Indians, who clinched their first series win since taking three of four from the Chicago White Sox from May 29-June 1. On Monday, they snapped a 10-game losing streak in series openers. On Wednesday, they'll go for a sweep of the Cardinals, whose last eight-game slide was July 4-16, 1988.

The Indians, who are 9-15 this month, last won consecutive games on May 31-June 1. They're 10-3 all-time against the Cardinals, including 6-2 in St. Louis.

Sabathia (6-4) allowed nine runs in 2 1-3 innings against the Cubs in his last start, the run total equaling his career worst, and had been 0-3 with a 10.24 ERA in four starts this month. He muffled the Cardinals, allowing one run and five hits with four strikeouts and no walks.

After his last outing, Sabathia apologized for briefly quitting and said "What's inexcusable? For me not to make pitches, for me to be giving up."

After beating the Cardinals, he said teammates understood that it was just frustration.

David Eckstein had three hits and an RBI for the Cardinals, who have been outscored 67-28 during the slump, although they still lead the NL Central by 1½ games. They're 0-6 since getting Albert Pujols back from a side injury.

Reyes, making his fifth career start and first since losing on a one-hitter to the White Sox, allowed two runs and four hits in five innings. He was trailing after the first two batters, a full-count walk to Grady Sizemore followed by Belliard's fifth homer that put the Indians ahead 2-0.

The Cardinals cut the deficit to one in the third on Hector Luna's leadoff double off the third base bag and Eckstein's two-out RBI single.

Reyes (1-2) worked out of a bases loaded jam in the fifth, which was delayed 18 minutes by a brief rainstorm, getting Victor Martinez on an infield pop-up for the third out.

A two-out rally in the seventh against Adam Wainwright started by Jhonny Peralta's single and capped by Martinez' single gave the Indians a 3-1 lead.

Bob Wickman got the last three outs for his 11th save in 13 chances. It came in his 744th appearance, tying him with Willie Hernandez for 50th on the career list.

And here are some game notes
Sizemore doubled in the third and is 13-for-35 (.371) during a nine-game hitting streak. He's among the league leaders with 41 extra-base hits, by far the most by a leadoff hitter. ... The Cardinals have been outhomered 22-8 over the last 11 games. They have no long balls the last four games. ... The Indians are assured of only their second series win since May 23. They had been 1-8-1 since then. ... Three of Reyes' four starts have come in interleague play. He beat Kansas City earlier this season. ... The last time the Cardinals lost nine in a row was in 1980 when they dropped 10 straight from May 15-25.