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September 2, 1996: Ozzie Smith and Willie McGee spark Cardinals’ comeback

For the first time since the Whitey Herzog days of the 1980s, the Cardinals were in the thick of a pennant race. So it was fitting that two stars of the 1980s, Ozzie Smith and Willie McGee, led the Cardinals to this extra-inning victory over the Astros.

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October 19, 2011: Cardinals win World Series Game 1

The Cardinals opened the 2011 World Series using the same recipe that got them there in the first place: dependable starting pitching, timely hitting, and sparkling relief. Thanks to a diving play from starting pitcher Chris Carpenter, a two-run single by Lance Berkman, and three shutout innings from the bullpen, the Cardinals beat the RangersContinue reading “October 19, 2011: Cardinals win World Series Game 1”

October 16, 2011: Cardinals win the National League championship

The St. Louis Cardinals weren’t supposed to be here. Not after Adam Wainwright went down with a season-ending injury in spring training. Not after they fell 10 games behind the Brewers in the National League Central Division and 10 ½ games behind the Braves in the wild card standings on August 24. Yet somehow, theyContinue reading “October 16, 2011: Cardinals win the National League championship”

October 14, 2011: Cardinals capitalize on Brewers’ errors to win NLCS Game 5

It’s an old baseball axiom that pitching and defense win championships. The Cardinals certainly used that formula to beat the Brewers 7-1 in Game 5 of the 2011 NLCS. With the series tied 2-2, the Cardinals pounced on four Brewers errors and once again relied upon a bullpen that had allowed just four earned runsContinue reading “October 14, 2011: Cardinals capitalize on Brewers’ errors to win NLCS Game 5”

October 12, 2011: Cardinals’ bullpen stars in NLCS Game 3 win

Early in the 2011 season, a five-inning start from Chris Carpenter wouldn’t have been enough for the Cardinals and their beleaguered bullpen. By October, however, the Cardinals’ once-shaky bullpen had become key to their success, as evidenced by the four innings of scoreless relief provided by Fernando Salas, Lance Lynn, Marc Rzepczynski, and Jason MotteContinue reading “October 12, 2011: Cardinals’ bullpen stars in NLCS Game 3 win”

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