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 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”

October 7, 2011: Carpenter outduels Halladay to send the Cardinals to the NLCS

On paper, Game 5 of the 2011 National League Division Series between the Cardinals and Phillies appeared primed for a pitching duel. The result more than lived up to expectations. After the Phillies captured two of the first three games in the series, the Cardinals forced the decisive fifth game when David Freese drove inContinue reading “October 7, 2011: Carpenter outduels Halladay to send the Cardinals to the NLCS”

October 2, 2011: Cardinals rally vs. Cliff Lee to win Game 2 of the NLDS

Things could not have looked much worse for the Cardinals early in Game 2 of their 2011 National League Division Series match-up against the Phillies. One day earlier, they lost the series opener 11-6 as Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard, a graduate of Wildwood’s Lafayette High School, launched a three-run homer as part of aContinue reading “October 2, 2011: Cardinals rally vs. Cliff Lee to win Game 2 of the NLDS”

May 24, 2006: Adam Wainwright homers in his first big-league at-bat

When defending Cy Young Award winner Chris Carpenter was scratched from his May 24 start against the Giants with inflammation of a bursa sac located between his right shoulder and rib cage, the 2006 Cardinals pitching staff was dealt a blow. In Carpenter’s place, the St. Louis pitching staff started dealing some blows of itsContinue reading “May 24, 2006: Adam Wainwright homers in his first big-league at-bat”