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 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”

June 4-5, 2011: Pujols hits back-to-back walk-off home runs against the Cubs

Heading into the Cardinals’ three-game, early-June series against the Chicago Cubs, Albert Pujols was experiencing a power outage. By the time the Cardinals left Busch Stadium with three victories – including back-to-back walk-off home runs – he had reminded everyone once again why Tony La Russa considered Pujols to be the greatest player he hadContinue reading “June 4-5, 2011: Pujols hits back-to-back walk-off home runs against the Cubs”