Tagged: St. Louis Cardinals

15 in the sun, a day game marathon!

9-19-2013

Cardinals vs. Rockies

My 66th game at Coors this season 76th with road trip 79th with the Springs.

This was a day game so no BP. Did get to the stadium early for some graphs got a few Cardinals on a photo I have of Busch stadium. I ended up with 8 autographs on the photo. I did make some progress before the game I got Colin McHugh on my team 16×20 leaving only Roy Oswalt that I need on it. I now have 51 players and coaches autographs on it. There was no batting practice today.

So this game was a marathon and I have a lot of photos from this game.

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Todd Helton was the first out on the field, as the Rockies took the field.

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Roy Oswalt was the starting pitcher for Rockies after walking Matt Carpenter. Jon Jay flew out to center field and Matt Holliday did also. With Carlos Beltran batting Oswalt threw over to Todd Helton at first who fake the throw back to Oswalt and tagged Carpenter it was a great play and funny to watch especial that it was done to another first baseman!

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A closer view of Oswalt pitching in the first.

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Matt Holiday making contact during his first inning at bat.

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Michael Wacha was the starting pitcher for the Cardinals. After Charlie Blackmon hit a single, Wacha struck out the next three batters to end the 1st. inning.

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Charlie Blackmon getting ready to dive back to first.

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Corey Dickerson take a pitch high for a ball. He was one of the batters that struck out in the first. Amazingly enough that the home plate umpire got it right.

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Yorvit Torrealba was behind the plate for this game.

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Here is Yadier Molina questioning a strike call during his 2nd inning at bat.

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Tony Cruz would end the inning with a pop out to Todd Helton.

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Todd Helton would lead off the 2nd inning with a double his 589th of his career and 18th of the season.

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Yorvit Torrealba questions a strike call by the home plate umpire. See a trend here this guy did not have a consistent strike zone and a pitch that was a strike one time was a ball another. This did happen a lot throughout the game.

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Todd Helton scored on a Torrealba single. to put the Rockies on the board 1-0.

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Helton high fives Jonny Herrera after he scored. Charlie Culberson would also score to give the Rockies a 2-0 lead.

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3 runs to tie the game in the inning.

Carlos Beltran hit a single that scored Jon Jay. (4-1) Rockies

Molina hit a single to score Holliday (4-2) Rockies

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Tony Cruz hit a double to Score David Freese. (4-3) Rockies

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Matt Holiday would hit a single to tie the game in the 5th inning scoring Jon Jay from second, which he stole after getting on base with  single.

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Matt Holliday fist bumps first base coach Chris Maloney.

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Taking a lead at first.

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Charlie Blackmon hits a double in the 8th inning.

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Corey Dickerson hits a triple scoring Blackmon and tying the game at 5.

After the Cardinals scored a 6th run in the ninth…..

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…Todd Helton hit a solo home run to tie the game at 6.

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Yorvit Torrealba give him a big hug after crossing the plate.

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Jonny Herrera hit a double with 2 outs in the 9th. Ryan Wheeler grounded out to the pitcher Edward Mujica to end the inning and we headed for some free Baseball.

Bothe teams went down in order in the 10th. Matt Belisle pitched the 10th for the Rockies and Edward Mujica continued to pitch for the Cardinals in the inning.

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Todd was going for the fences in the in the 11th with a few hard swings that almost took his helmet off. This was the second swing that this happened to his helmet.

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Charlie Culberson hit a single in the inning.

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After a very questionable out in the 12th Walt Weiss came out to argue a call. Jonny Herrera hit the ball and then kicked it the ump said it was in play and Jonny argues that it was in foul territory.

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D.J LeMahieu hit a lead off single in the bottom of the 13th inning. Tulo was walked in the inning and they were both left on base.

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The first out of the inning was a bunt attempt by Corey Dickerson which he popped out to Daniel Descalso.

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The Cardinals once again did not score in the 15th D.J. LeMahieu would once again get on base by hitting a single and Corey Dickerson who should have swung in the 13th and popped out on a bunt. Got to swing this time and he made it count!

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D.J. LeMahieu makes the turn at third and heading to home.

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As he started his slide into home the ball went passed Yadier Molina.

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The tag with ball rolling away.

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He over slide home and Fernando Salas picks up the ball.

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He dove back…..

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…and was safe and the Rockies won 7-6.

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The Dugout emptied quickly!!!

Corey Dickerson ended up on third base for a walk off triple. His first walk off of his MLB career I am sure that it will not be his last. I have seen him also walk of in Ashville in 2011. He seems to handle the presser situation well and has been hitting timely and well since his call up.

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The team celebrates in the infield and the swarm Corey.

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Jordan Pacheco got knocked over as Carey escapes from the crowd.

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He than high-five Tulo

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and the crowd caught up with him!

It was great to see such an exciting game and they made it worth staying  for the 15 inning!! It was nice to see some very good pitching from the bullpen in these late innings to keep them in the game and that they were able to put together a few good offensive innings to get back in this game. It was a great day at Coors had a lot of fun this game. With this win the Rockies and Cardinals split the 4 game series.

The Rockies used 10 pitchers in this game Oswalt pitched 4 and 2/3rd. The Bullpen combined for 10 and 1/3rd innings. The Cardinals Wacha also only pitched to the 5th and they used 10 pitches. The Rockies used 14 different players at the plate and the Cardinals used 15. Another notable thing was Charlie Blackmon going 4 for 8 this game. LeMahieu, Culberson and Herrera all went 3 for 7. The Rockies had 21 hits on their 7 runs.

So that is it for this one.

I was also at Coors for the weekend series against the Diamonbacks and will be at the final 2 home games of the season against the Boston Red Sox.

Cardinals vs. Rockies game 3. Boring title……

9-18-2013

Cardinals vs. Rockies

Game 3 of series.

My 65th game at Coors this year.

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Got 2 baseballs this game at batting practice. bringing my total for the season to 34. The first today was a bouncer off the track and the second was a roller that I picked up both were from the Cardinals.

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Tyler Chatwood made the start for the Rockies. He retired the cardinals in order in the first.

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He hit a single through the infield to right.

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D.J. LeMahieu hit a double sending Dickerson to third.

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Troy Tulowitzki hit a single to score both Dickerson and LeMahieu. To give the Rockies a 2-0 lead.

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Todd Helton would hit into a double play in his first at bat this game

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Tyler Chatwood pitching in the top of the 4th inning as I took a little wander around Coors, have not really done that this year too much. The Cardinals scored 4 runs between the 3rd and 5th innings. 2 in the 3rd, 1 in the 4th and 5th. (4-2) Cardinals

Once again the Rockies let a game get away from them. Chatwood pitched 6 complete inning giving up 4 runs and 8 hits walking and striking out 1.

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in the 6th inning Helton hit his 17th double of the season and 588 of his career. He would score on a Charlie Blackmon double his 15th of the year.

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Todd Sliding into home for the Rockies 3rd run of the game, from the Blackmon double.

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Jon Jay striking out in the 9th inning.

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Dexter Fowler came in to pinch hit in the pitchers spot in the 9th. He lead-off the inning with a single. The Rockies would have the base’s loaded and Todd Helton would come to the plate. unfortunately he would strike out to end the game it would have been great to see him hit a walk of homer or single in this his last week at Coors. The Rockies lost this one 4-3 and they did not play to bad, but a few lost opportunities where runners could not score which is kinda the theme to this season. A run short with 11 runner left on base.

So that is it for this second short post from the Cardinals series.

Got the last one from this series and the Diamondbacks series.

See You at Coors.

Rox hold off the Cards, for a series opening win.

7-16-2013

St. Louis Cardinals vs. Colorado Rockies

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Today I got to the game a little later than usual since I came from work and got out a little late so BP was a bust and I than headed over to the wall.

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Todd Helton announced his retirement after the season before the game and he signed autographs.

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Colin McHugh was the starting pitcher for the Rockies. This was his second start with the Rockies and only his 5th appearance of the year. Matt Carpenter started  this game against McHugh with an infield single.

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The single was on this deflected ball by troy Tulowitzki.

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Lance Lynn was the starting pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals. He started the game by walking Corey Dickerson, who scored 2 batters later on a Tulo single. (1-0) Rox

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Todd Helton came to the plate to a standing ovation from the Coors crowd. he would strike out to end the second inning for the Rockies.

The Cardinals scored a run in the 5th to tie the game at 1.

Colin McHugh pitched 5 complete innings giving up , run 4 hits, striking out 2.

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The Rockies got out of the 6th inning with a double play, Matt Holliday hit a ball to….

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…to Helton at first. Nolan Arenado was taken out of the game in the 3rd, D.J. LeMahieu moved to third and Josh Rutledge came into play second. Nolan was taken out because of an injury to his finger.

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Rutledge getting on base with a single in the 7th inning. The Rockies would score their second run of the game this inning when Wilin Rosario scored on a Charlie Blackmon single (2-1) Rox

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Lance Lynn was taken out of the game in the 7th. he pitched 6 1/3. Giving up 6 hits, 2 runs, walked 1 and struck out 4.

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After Drew Pomeranz pitched after McHugh and was then replaced by Matt Belilse Chad Bettis pitched in the 8th.

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Matt Carpenter hit a double in the 8th to score Pete Kozma.

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That would tie up the game at 2.

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During a pitching change or middle of an inning they did a Todd Helton plays on the score board.

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Batting in the 8th he had one of his not so great plays running into an out at home. The Rockies scored a run on a Wilin Rosario single scoring Tulo that advanced Todd to third.

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Charlie Blackmon hit a double to score Tyler Chatwood . Chatwood was pinch running for Rosario. (4-2) Rox

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John Axford pitching for the Cardinals in the 8th inning with some snazzy retro high sox. just had to try to work the word snazzy into this post!

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Charlie Blackmon scouring after a Ryan Wheeler single that also scored Rutledge. (6-2) Rox

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Ryan Wheel giving Rene Lacheman a fist bump after his 2 RBI single.

That is it for this one from the first game of the Cardinals series. The Rockies won this one 6-2.

I was at all 4 of these games and will be getting up the rest of the games and all the remaining games at Coors for the season.

Thanks for checking out the blog and see you at Coors!

Rangers revenge! Game 1 of 2013 Road Trip.

6-21-2013

Texas Rangers vs. St. Louis Cardinals

Busch Stadium, St. Louis, MO

First Game of Road Trip.

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I drove from Denver to St. Louis the day before stayed the night in St. Louis and headed downtown about noon for this 7:15 game. I got downtown and to the stadium area about 1:30 after a stop and bad directions from the hotels front desk guy. They never seem to know where to go. Same thing happened 2 years ago in Washington D.C. So since I had almost 6 hours before the game I decided to do a little urban hiking around St. Louis. I found a place to park a few blocks north west of the stadium and started heading towards the Arch located by the Mississippi River took some photos along the way.

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This is the Old Court House with the Arch in background. There is a park with a lot of art work and fountains that spans a few blocks leading up to the court house. More photos of those in a bit.

I then got to the park where the Arch is located it is really interesting to see in person I have driven by it a few times but have never really stopped. The first time I saw it was when I was driving west when I first moved from N.Y. to Denver. I think I took a photo of it as I drove by or something. Here is a few i took while walking around the park.

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After going by the Arch and the Mississippi River I headed over and checkout Busch Stadium.

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This is a photo by the left field side of the stadium. It is where the team store is located and many statues of players from the history of the St. Louis teams. The statues include Enos Slaughter, Dizzy Dean, Ozzie Smith, Red Schoendienst, Stan Musial, Lou Brock, Bob Gibson, “Cool Papa” Bell, George Sisler and Roger Hornsby.

Here are a few photos of the statues.

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Stan Musial

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Bob Gibson

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“Cool Papa” Bell

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Ozzie Smith

You can see behind the statue that they are building a new structure where the old stadium was located. This is the third Busch Stadium.

Along the walkways they have plaques in the ground commemorating different milestones in the team’s history, Including their 11 World Series Championships, Numerous National League Pennants, No Hitters and batting milestones such as Mark McGuire 1998 Home run race with Sammy Sosa.

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Here is the one for the 1926 World Series win. I choose this one because this night he gave a way a commemorative stein.

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 Here is a look at the walk way along the 3rd base side. They also had them down the first base side side walk as well.

Also around the stadium in the brickwork they had many variations of the Cardinald logo Cardinals birds.

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After walking around the stadium I decided to head back to my truck. I once again walked through the park with the fountain’s and art here are photos from earlier and this trip.

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This is another look at the left field corner of the stadium from when I headed to the third base entrance to go into the stadium. It was still about an hour before the gates opened at 5:15. The gates at Busch Stadium open 2 hours before game time.

I headed back to the stadium to get ready to go in. I went to the third base entrance.

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About 30 minutes before the gates opened I got in line.

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After getting my Stein I headed out to left field for batting practice. The Rangers where batting and a few baseballs had already gone out there.

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Here is a look of the in-field from between third base and the left field foul pole.

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This is a look at the end of the seats. I always find it interesting the amount of detail that they put into this in most stadiums,

Not even 10 minutes into the stadium and I caught a ball hit by the Rangers. I am not sure who hit it but it was pitched by Ron Washington there manager who was throwing batting practice.

When batting practice ended I took a walk around the inside of the stadium to check it out.

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These next 2 scoreboards were intresting I first looked at them and tried to figure out what they were. It was not of the games that happened or were happening this day.

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Then I realized that they were the out of town scoreboards from the old stadium. This is from the National League games. There was another for the American league games.

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The above is the one form the Cardinals game that day against the Reds. It was as they froze the day in time. The Rockies do the same thing at the end of the year they leave the out of town scoreboard as it was at the end of the last game of the season.

I decided to head up to my seat on the upper concourse. There were views of the arch from there also.

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I walked around up there as well, here is a look from the right field side.

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I noticed that at the top of the stadium they had the flags of all the teams in baseball and at the top of my section was the Rockies flag. Cool coincidence. They were in order of standings with in the division.

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There were a bunch of first pitchers from people from different groups before this game this is the lead driver for the St. Louis Clydesdale Team representing Budweiser the sponsor of the nights Stein give away.

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This is the view of the stadium and the St. Louis from my seat. It is why I sat there. It was the second to last row and had a great view. I took this photo many times during the night to get different looks as the sun set. You will see them scattered through the rest of this post.

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This is the Cardinal starting pitcher ????? Lyons throwing in the first inning. He did not have a bad first inning facing 4 Rangers batters he did walk Elvis Anrus. He also struck out Andre Beltre to end the inning.

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Derrick Holland started for the Rangers. He had a very shaky start. The Cardinals Matt Carpenter started with a double followed by a Carlos Beltran double scoring Carpenter. Matt Holiday walked.

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Carpenter crossing home for the Cardinals first run of the game.

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Yadier Molina was the first out in the inning he was the 5th batter of the inning.

Allen Craig got thrown out at home on a David Freese hit for the second out of the inning. Beltran and Holliday also scored in the inning. (3-0) Cards. A.J. Piezynski started the 2nd for the Rangers with a GRDB in left center.

 Matt Holiday was only able to watch as the ball bounced into the stands. The Rangers scored 4 runs in the 2nd inning.  The rangers sent 9 batters up in the inning, besides the Piezynski GRDB Mitch Moreland also hit one down the left field line. (4-3) Rangers

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Another look at the view beyond the outfield.

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Tyler Lyons was taken out of the game in the second inning. Lyons would pitch only 1 2/3rd innings. He was responsible for all 4 runs and 3 hits he walked 3 and struck out 1.

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Joe Kelly would come into the game.

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 Ian Kinsler who Lyons walked scored on a Cruz single. The first batter he faced. That was the fourth run that Lyons was accountable for.

Once again another view of the outfield.

The Cardinals did tie the game at 4 in the 2nd inning Pete Kozma started the inning with a double and scored on passed ball from third.

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Another Yadier Molina swing I seemed to get good shots of him, unfortunately he kept getting out on good photo this time he popped out to third in the 3rd inning.

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This is the last view of the outfield. After it got dark you were not able to see the Arch in photos anymore!

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Jon Jay making contact in the 6th inning. He did line out to second to end this inning. St. louis did not get another hit off Holland till the 8th inning. After Holland settled down he pitched very well and kept the Rangers in the game. He pitched 7 innings. Letting up the 4 runs in the 1st and 2nd. He walked 3 and struck out 4.

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Neil Cotts replaced Holland for the Rangers in the 8th.

For the Cardinals Randy Coates came into pitch for the Cardinals with 2 outs and Adrian Beltre on first. Kelly pitched 5 innings giving up 5 hits and no runs he held the Rangers very well through these five inning.

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Elvis Andrus hit a sac bunt in the 9th for the Rangers moving Kinsler to second on the play and then Kinsler got to third on a wild pitch by Trevor Rosenthal who pitched for the Cardinals in the 9th.

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Andrus at first he got on base do to a Rosenthal throwing error to first.

Nelson Cruz hit a single that scored Kinsler and Andrus giving the rangers the lead (6-4).

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Ian Kinsler crosses the plate for the Rangers 5th run.

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Elvis Andrus with the 6th and final run for the Rangers.

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Matt Carpenter walked with 2 outs in the 9th for the Cardinals. Bringing Carlos Beltran to the plate.

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Beltran flew out to left center to end the game. The Rangers took this game 6-4.

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This was a nice stadium; I would probably go back to this one again. The area around the ball park is developing and is very nice as you saw with the nearby park. I did like the history of the team they had around the stadium including the scoreboards and statues.  The one thing that I did not like is it was not an open concourse like Coors and many other stadiums have. Their flex pricing kinda stinks and some game including this one are priced really high. $40 for the seat I was in. If I went a night earlier the seats were $20. Since it was only one game I really did not care as much about the price. If I was to go there regularly it would be very difficult to go to many games like I am able to at Coors. I do recommend if you have not been to Busch Stadium I would definitely recommend it.

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The Rangers did go on and sweep the Cardinals in this series. I only went to this one game.

That is it from St. Louis I have another game in Columbus, Ohio after this as I make my way east to Boston for the 2 games the Rockies have against the Red Sox.

See You around.

You can also follow my 2013 baseball adventure on twitter. @roxaddict