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    08/19/2005 7:56 PM ET
    Morris tries for century vs. Giants
    San Francisco (53-68) at St. Louis (77-45), 12:20 p.m. CT
    By Stephen Norris / MLB.com

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    Matt Morris has had a handful of shaky starts lately and the Cardinals hope he can find his early-season form Saturday afternoon against the Giants.

    Morris is 1-3 with a 6.32 ERA in his last five starts. He pitched well against the Giants the only other time he faced them this season. The right-hander went the distance, allowing just six hits in a 2-0 loss. In his lifetime, he is 5-4 with a 2.49 ERA against San Francisco.

    The Cardinals offense had scored just two runs in 17 innings before Friday's ninth-inning heroics. Yadier Molina made his presence felt Friday in just his second start since a 33-day absence on the disabled list. He reached base four times and hit a clutch three-run home run in the ninth inning to bring the Cardinals within one run of the Giants. That set the stage for Jim Edmonds' game-winning two-RBI double.

    There is a possibility that slugger Larry Walker could be back in the lineup, but his return continues to be a day-to-day decision. He needs just one more RBI for 1,300 in his career.

    Giants starter Kevin Correia is making just his 11th appearance of the year and his eighth start. Since returning to the starting rotation on Aug. 4 he has averaged 10.7 strikeouts per nine innings. He has only faced the Cardinals in two relief appearances, going 0-0 with a 9.00 ERA over a span of three innings.

    Pitching matchup
    SF: RHP Kevin Correia
    • 2-3, 4.91 ERA in 2005
    • Has not faced STL in 2005

    STL: RHP Matt Morris
    • 12-5, 3.83
    • 0-1, 2.25 ERA vs. SF in 2005

    Player to watch
    The Cardinals hope to get Albert Pujols hitting in the clutch again. Pujols (hitting .336 entering Friday's game) is just 3-for-19 in August with runners in scoring position. He is 1-for-1 with an RBI against Correia and was tied for the National League lead coming into Friday, with 94 RBIs.

    Quotable
    "I'm just going to enjoy this. I'm not going to try and figure it out." -- Tony La Russa, on the batter-pitcher matchups in the ninth inning of Friday's game

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    Quick hits
    Chris Carpenter has not lost a game since June 8, and even with his three no-decisions the Cardinals are 12-0 in those starts. ... The win Friday was the third time the Cardinals have come back to win after trailing by four or more runs. ... The Cardinals are 16-4 on Fridays and have not lost a Friday home game all season. ... Edmonds' game-winning RBI double Friday was his 11th game-winning RBI of the season. He now has 29 doubles, second only to Pujols (31). ... So Taguchi extended his career-high hitting streak to 12 games with a single in the ninth inning of Friday's game. He is batting .476 (20-for-42) during that stretch. ... Rookie John Rodriguez had his first pinch-hit Friday with a single in the ninth. ... Reliever Julian Tavarez recorded his first win Friday since May 14 against the Mets. ... The Cardinals were 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position on Friday until the ninth, when they were 4-for-5. That boosts their homestand RISP average to .308 (16-for-52). ... The Cardinals added a double play Friday to their Major League-leading total (154). ... The Cardinals committed their first error Friday in six games to end a season-best errorless streak. Second baseman Mark Grudzielanek committed it in the ninth inning. It was the first error he has committed since June 21. ... Busch Stadium was sold out for the 33rd time this season. St. Louis has drawn more than 40,000 fans to each of their last 25 home games. ... The Cards are now 3-1 versus the Giants this season.

    On deck
    • Sunday: vs. San Francisco, 1:15 p.m. CT
    • Monday: at Pittsburgh, 6:05 p.m. CT
    • Tuesday: at Pittsburgh, 6:05 p.m. CT
    I'm pinch-hitting for Steve on this Morris start, and if memory serves me correctly, I've done well in the past with Morris too.

    Go Cards!

  • #2
    SF Chronicle writeup on last night's game:

    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?...8/20/GIANTS.TMP

    Best part:

    Manager Felipe Alou, who called it the "toughest loss of the year," used five relievers, including three in the ninth inning. Before Friday, the bullpen was on a roll, surrendering one run in 22 innings, but it crashed quickly and decisively on a humid night before 46,200 at Busch Stadium.

    "We have some guys here who have been overworked," Alou said, "whose arms are tired."

    Christiansen didn't take the comment lightly.

    "Really?" he asked. "He's just now figuring it out?"....


    ...."Of course our arms are weary," Christiansen said. "We're getting run through like a turnstile."

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    • #3
      Giants

      Winn CF
      Vizquel SS
      Niekro 1B
      Feliz LF
      Durham 2B
      Alfonzo 3B
      Linden RF
      Matheny C
      Correia P

      Cards

      Eckstein SS
      Walker RF
      Pujols 1B
      Edmonds CF
      Grudz 2B
      Mabry LF
      Nunez 3B
      Molina C
      Morris P

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Rusty@Aug 20 2005, 09:17 AM
        Walker RF
        !!!!!!
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Rusty@Aug 20 2005, 11:17 AM
          Cards

          Eckstein SS
          Walker RF
          Pujols 1B
          Edmonds CF
          Grudz 2B
          Mabry LF
          Nunez 3B
          Molina C
          Morris P
          LAR-RY! LAR-RY! LAR-RY!
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Tazlaz@Aug 20 2005, 09:19 AM
            LAR-RY! LAR-RY! LAR-RY!

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            • #7
              How will we break their hearts today?
              "There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle."
              --Albert Einstein

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              • #8
                Originally posted by kennyboyerfan@Aug 20 2005, 11:30 AM
                How will we break their hearts today?
                well the bullpen was fun, but it would be cool if we beat the starter today.
                Sometimes elections have positive consequences!

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by kennyboyerfan@Aug 20 2005, 09:30 AM
                  How will we break their hearts today?

                  Eighth inning pinch-hit home run by Jason Marquis. Really, why not?
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by kah+Aug 20 2005, 10:36 AM-->
                    QUOTE(kah @ Aug 20 2005, 10:36 AM)

                  • #11
                    Who the hell is Correia?

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                    • #12
                      Originally posted by kennyboyerfan@Aug 20 2005, 09:30 AM
                      How will we break their hearts today?
                      By showing up.

                      Oh, and giving Felipe a ride to the ballpark.
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                      • #13
                        Matt Morris' no-hitter intact through two!

                        Edmonds on 2nd with one out for Mabry.

                        Mabry delivers! RBI double, 1-0.

                        Correja walks Morris to load the bases with two out, still 1-0....man, we need to rip this guy apart.

                        Eckstein fails to rip Correja apart, grounding to short--is anyone else here?
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                        • #14
                          I'm here, listening to Springsteen.....
                          I agree with Davhaf.....Kaiser March 9,2004

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                          • #15
                            Matheny breaks up Morris' no-hitter with a leadoff double in the third.
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