Thursday, March 26, 2009

Cardinals Defeat Astros in 5 Games

The St. Louis Cardinals advanced to the Championship Series for the second straight year with a 4-1 Semi-Final series win over Houston. Complete box scores are available by this link. A recap of the series:

Game #1 STL 10, HOU 3 - Cards jumped on Jeff Weaver for 10 runs which included a 7-run 4th inning…..Todd Hollandsworth hit a two-run homer in the 1st to give the Redbirds the early lead

Game #2 STL 4, HOU 2 (10) - Jim Edmonds doubled in the go-ahead run in the 10th and scored an insurance run on the errant throw to the plate on the same play…..Astros’ Jaret Wright and Cards’ Dontrelle Willis pitched strong into the 7th inning

Game #3 HOU 8, STL 2 - Rodrigo Lopez scattered 11 hits in pitching a complete game…..Jerry Hairston drove in 3 runs and David Eckstein had 3 hits

Game #4 STL 11, HOU 6 - Cards again rough up Jeff Weaver early….JD Drew went 5-for-5 and Johnny Estrada had 4 hits….

Game #5 STL 2, HOU 1 - All runs scored on solo homers – Kotsay, Edmonds and pitcher Dontrelle Willis….Armando Benitez escaped a 2-out bases loaded jam in the 8th before pitching a scoreless ninth

The Cardinals will meet the Atlanta Braves in the World Series……

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