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GDT: 4/27/08 - (W) Cards (Lohse, 2-0, 2.54) vs. Astros (Backe, 1-2, 4.15), 1:15pm CDT

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  • GDT: 4/27/08 - (W) Cards (Lohse, 2-0, 2.54) vs. Astros (Backe, 1-2, 4.15), 1:15pm CDT

    # Game info: 2:15 pm EDT Sun Apr 27, 2008
    # TV: KTXH, KSDK

    The St. Louis Cardinals jumped out to a fast start this season, but they have been struggling to string together wins lately.

    The Cardinals hope to carry over some momentum from a thrilling victory, and win two straight for the first time in a week and a half when they wrap up their three-game set against the Houston Astros on Sunday.

    St. Louis (15-10) matched Arizona for the majors’ best start with an 11-4 record, but the Cardinals have won only four of 10 since.

    They dropped Friday’s series opener with the Astros (12-13) in disappointing fashion as closer Jason Isringhausen yielded three runs in the ninth inning en route to a 3-2 defeat. The Cardinals bounced back to win 4-3 on Saturday thanks to Skip Schumaker’s walkoff single in the ninth.

    “It was a great game,” said Adam Wainwright, who pitched the Cardinals’ first complete game of the season on Saturday. “They really played hard. It’s just a huge win.”

    St. Louis has not won back-to-back games since defeating Milwaukee on April 15 and 16. To make it two in a row now, the Cardinals’ Kyle Lohse (2-0, 2.54 ERA) will have to bounce back from his worst outing of 2008.

    Lohse allowed four runs and eight hits in a season-low four innings of Tuesday’s 9-8, 12-inning win over the Brewers. The right-hander had given up just four runs in 24 1-3 innings over his first four starts of the season.

    Lohse allowed just four hits in eight innings of a 14-0 win for Cincinnati in his first career start against the Astros on Aug. 22, 2006, but has posted a 4.66 ERA in losing his last three starts against them.

    Saturday’s loss snapped Houston’s season-high six-game winning streak.

    “We recently showed we can come back,” Houston manager Cecil Cooper told the Astros’ official Web site. “That’s what you’ve got to do. That was a pretty tough team on the other side there.”

    Houston had only five hits, but three were solo homers and Lance Berkman had two of them for his 22nd career multihomer game. Berkman, who is 9-for-18 with four home runs and 12 RBIs in his last six games, is 2-for-9 with a homer versus Lohse in his career.

    Carlos Lee is batting .386 (17-for-44) with three home runs and six doubles lifetime against Lohse, while Miguel Tejada is 6-for-13 (.462) versus him.

    Brandon Backe (1-2, 4.15) looks to help the Astros win their third straight series. After yielding five runs and a season-high 10 hits in a season-low three innings of a 10-2 loss to Philadelphia on April 17, Backe gave up three runs and four hits in a season-high seven innings of an 11-7 win over San Diego on Tuesday, but didn’t factor in the decision.

    The right-hander is 2-1 with a 6.66 ERA in five career starts against the Cardinals. In his only start against St. Louis last year, Backe allowed two runs and six hits in six innings of a 6-3 victory on Sept. 21.

    Albert Pujols had a two-run double on Saturday, and has reached base safely in all 25 games this season. The slugger is 3-for-10 with three homers lifetime against Backe.
    Let's Go Cardinals! Send the Astros Backe to Houston with a loss!

  • #2
    Originally posted by Glovey View Post
    Let's Go Cardinals! Send the Astros Backe to Houston with a loss!
    You could write headlines for the local paper.

    Add Houston, We Have a Problem and they might hire you at ESPN.

    Pujols.Backe.Pujols.Backe.Pujols.Backe.Pujols.Back e.Pujols.Backe.Brad Lidge.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Sheriff Blaylock View Post
      You could write headlines for the local paper.

      Add Houston, We Have a Problem and they might hire you at ESPN.

      Pujols.Backe.Pujols.Backe.Pujols.Backe.Pujols.Back e.Pujols.Backe.Brad Lidge.


      I've been doing it in my GDT's for a couple years now.

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      • #4
        I hope Berkman pulls a groin...while I hope 'Da Mang' hits the equivalent of the HR cycle off of Backe...Solo, 2-run, 3- run, 'slam. (10 RBI)

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Jack Daniels View Post
          I hope Berkman pulls a groin...while I hope 'Da Mang' hits the equivalent of the HR cycle off of Backe...Solo, 2-run, 3- run, 'slam. (10 RBI)
          Don't ask for too much.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by kah View Post
            Don't ask for too much.



            About as likely to happen as a double eagle @ the masters, and at least that's been done...But if Albert should ever do it, wouldn't you really like it to be off of Backe?

            He's about as mouthy as Tommy of the Kobra Kai's in The Karate Kid.

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            • #7
              Cardinals 6, Astros 2

              HR: Ankiel 2

              W: Lohse (3-0)
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              • #8
                my nieces are sitting by the cards dugout today. the older one is guessing she will get Albert's autograph and she says she won't give it to me if she does. Out of the will.

                Anyway I am listening to talk with tony today and I heard the talk with "tony" on whatever station (590 or 1380) friday and laughed my ass off. "brendan ryan is my favorite player since garrett stephenson" and "dogs are good people. cats, I'm not so sure about" I was thinking about pulling over at a rest area to hear the rest of that show. at times the guy really sounded like tony.
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                • #9
                  miles and ludwick will play today. duncan and ak will sit.
                  Sometimes elections have positive consequences!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Jack Daniels View Post


                    About as likely to happen as a double eagle @ the masters, and at least that's been done...But if Albert should ever do it, wouldn't you really like it to be off of Backe?

                    He's about as mouthy as Tommy of the Kobra Kai's in The Karate Kid.
                    Backe would be a good choice. Honestly, though, if Albert were to ever do that and I could name the opposing pitcher, numero uno on my list would be Zambrano.
                    This game's gotta be played with fear and arrogance - Crash Davis

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                    • #11
                      oh jeez. z would get so mad at some point that he'd throw at Pujols' head I bet. for the safety of Pujols, I would pick backe.
                      Sometimes elections have positive consequences!

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by cardinalgirl View Post
                        oh jeez. z would get so mad at some point that he'd throw at Pujols' head I bet. for the safety of Pujols, I would pick backe.

                        But Z would miss, piss Albert off even more, and then Albert would hit for 2 HR cycles off him
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                        • #13
                          No, Zambrano wouldn't pitch that day due to either cramping in his forearm or something related to "incessant computer usage"

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                          • #14
                            that could be, but I'm a worrier.
                            Sometimes elections have positive consequences!

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by 007 View Post
                              No, Zambrano wouldn't pitch that day due to either cramping in his forearm or something related to "incessant computer usage"
                              Sometimes elections have positive consequences!

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