Sunday, April 13, 2008

Punished for their gluttony, languid for '08

Wow, is this the special sector of Dante's inferno that we've descended upon? Taking a no-hitter and five-run lead into the seventh inning and then losing 8-7 in 10? I think I'd rather be fully enveloped in demon dung and losing by five runs every outing.

Tyler Walker, who had been pitching great this year, fed two long balls in three hitters to Duncan and Ankiel in the eighth.

No problem though, you'd think, 5-5 headed to the ninth. We can regroup here. And out from the bullpen trots Hennessey, who must have absorbed some Van Landingham DNA at some point during the offseason because he was terrible again, allowing two runs and recording just one out.

The G-men did show some resiliency in the bottom of the ninth, thanks to a clutch double from Freddy Lewis. But it just wasn't to be, as the Cards effortlessly tacked on a run in the tenth to nail it down.

Moral Vs: Cain had a no-hitter through six, and hit a dong!; our closer came in for two perfect outs; and the debut of John Bowker. Our future corner outfielder went 2-for-3 with a three-run blast in the sixth that almost got to the cove. (And Bowker should be up for good now, as it looks like Roberts will be missing three months.)

Today Linceceum against Joel Pineiro. It'll be tough to find a more favorable matchup all season.

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