The Official St. Louis Cardinals vs. San Diego Padres thread 27/05/06


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Okay here's the picthing macthup for today's game. Also 13 of the Cardinals are battling the flu.

Pitching matchup
STL: RHP Sidney Ponson (3-0, 2.81 ERA)
Ponson is feeling no pain from the strained elbow muscle that put him on the shelf, and all of his rehab throws have gone as planned. He hasn't been striking out many batters, but for the most part, he has thrown strikes and done a pretty good job of keeping the ball in the ballpark.

SD: RHP Chan Ho Park (2-2, 4.53 ERA)
After giving up one earned run in his previous 22 innings, Park took a beating in Seattle, yielding 10 earned runs in 5 1/3 innings to inflate his ERA from 3.27 to 4.53. He gave up only two walks, one intentional, but his command wasn't close to what it had been during his run of three straight quality starts.

Player to watch
Scott Spiezio has become an all-but-regular part of the Cardinals lineup lately. Don't expect that to change on Saturday. Spiezio is 4-for-11 (.364) against Park with a home run, meaning that manager Tony La Russa will likely find a way to get him in the lineup.


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Okay here's my review of game 2.

Sidney Ponson beat the team he almost joined last year and Scott Rolen hit a two-run double in the decisive third inning to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 4-3 win over the San Diego Padres on Saturday.

Although the Padres lost for the eighth time in 11 games, they kept Albert Pujols in the yard for the second straight game. Pujols, who leads the majors with 23 homers, went 0-for-4, including popping up with the bases loaded in the third. He was intentionally walked in the seventh with a runner on second and one out.

The Padres had runners on second and third with two outs in the eighth before Braden Looper got Geoff Blum to pop up to third.

San Diego beat St. Louis 7-1 on Friday night in the teams' first meeting since the Cardinals swept the Padres in the division series in October.

Ponson (4-0) came off the disabled list before the game and held San Diego to two runs on seven hits in five innings. The Cardinals handed Chan Ho Park (2-3) his second straight loss.

With two outs in the ninth, San Diego's Mike Cameron singled and Brian Giles walked, and the game ended when Giles was picked off first by catcher Yadier Molina. Jason Isringhausen pitched the ninth for his NL-leading 16th save in 18 chances.

This pitching matchup was made possible by Phil Nevin.

The Padres tried to trade the slumping slugger to Baltimore for Ponson a week before the deadline last season, but Nevin killed the deal because the Orioles were one of eight teams covered by his no-trade clause. Texas was not on Nevin's no-trade list, and four days later the Padres dealt him to the Rangers for Park.

Ponson, who signed with the Cardinals as a free agent in December, had been on the DL since May 9 with a strained right elbow. He struck out four and walked one.

Park allowed four runs and six hits in six innings. He got into trouble in the second and third innings, when he allowed all four Cardinals runs.

With the score tied at 1, the first three Cardinals batters in the third all reached base and scored. Ponson singled to center, David Eckstein singled to right and Scott Spiezio was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Pujols popped up, but Rolen hit a two-run double to right and Juan Encarnacion followed with a sacrifice fly to center to make it 4-1.

Rolen and Encarnacion singled to open the second, were sacrificed by So Taguchi, and Rolen scored on Yadier Molina's groundout.

The Padres got solo home runs by Giles and Mark Bellhorn, giving them five in two games.

Giles homered off Ponson with two outs in the third, his fifth, to pull the Padres to 4-2. Bellhorn connected to left with one out in the sixth off Adam Wainwright, his third, to help San Diego close to 4-3.

San Diego's Josh Bard hit an RBI double in the first.

Final Score
Cardinals 4 - Padres 3

And here are some game notes
Cardinals center fielder Jim Edmonds was a late scratch because of a stomach ailment. He is in a 3-for-28 slump. ... To make room on the roster for Ponson, outfielder Chris Duncan was optioned to Triple-A Memphis. Duncan, the son of Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan, was hitting .200 in four games, with one homer and three RBI. ... Park apparently needs some pine tar on his bat. His bat went flying out of his hands when he struck out in the second inning and again in the fourth when he hit a dribbler toward third base that he beat out for an infield single. His bat went farther than the ball. ... Padres third baseman Vinny Castilla began losing his vision just before Friday night's game, then had a migraine so bad that he was taken to a hospital for an MRI exam. "It was horrible," he said before Saturday's game. Castilla, hitting just .225, already had been given Friday night off before he began having the problems.