Sunday, September 20, 2015

A Playoff Game

What a game!! The 4 - 3 Cardinals victory in 3:26 over the Cubs today at Wrigley was our most exciting game of the 2015 season. The Redbirds hit 2 homeruns in the 1st inning and led 3 - 0. The Cards had two extremely hard slides into 2nd base as well that inning and the animosity that developed in the first two games of this series grew to a new level. Then, in the bottom of the 3rd inning with the Cards now leading 4 - 0, the home plate umpire got under the skin of the Redbirds starting pitcher. When it was all said and done the score was 4 - 2 and Wrigley Field was rocking!! I thought Wrigley Field was going to explode during the bottom of the 8th inning. The Cards replaced their starting pitcher after the first two batters of the inning reached on singles. The relief pitcher proceeded to walk the first 2 batters he faced and the score was 4 - 3 with the bases loaded and nobody out. A new relief pitcher entered and the first batter he faced sent a fly ball to right field. The right fielder caught the ball and threw out the runner trying to score from third. The play was huge for the Redbirds but in the process the Cards all-star catcher sprained his thumb. He finished the inning but did not return for the bottom of the ninth. The lead off batter for the Cubs in the bottom of the ninth singled and was replaced by a speedster just called up from the minor leagues. So, you have a guy who can fly on first and a backup catcher behind the plate. Wouldn't you know it, the runner took off on a steal attempt and was thrown out at second. I have never seen Wrigley field so electric!! Just great great great fun! There is a very good chance these two clubs could face each other in the playoffs. Man would that be cool!!

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