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”

September 1, 2011: Pujols homers twice, Holliday hits his 200th career home run, and the Cardinals call on a rookie pitcher to sweep Brewers

With four weeks remaining and a sizeable gap between the Cardinals and a playoff berth, Tony La Russa wanted to line up his pitching rotation for the home stretch of the regular season. To make it happen, he called upon Brandon Dickson, a rookie right-hander who had spent almost the entire season in Memphis, toContinue reading “September 1, 2011: Pujols homers twice, Holliday hits his 200th career home run, and the Cardinals call on a rookie pitcher to sweep Brewers”

July 24, 2009: Cardinals acquire Matt Holliday in trade with A’s

On July 24, 2009, the Cardinals finally acquired the slugger Tony La Russa had been seeking to provide protection for Albert Pujols in the middle of the St. Louis lineup. In exchange for top third base prospect Brett Wallace, minor-league pitcher Clayton Mortensen, and outfield prospect Shane Peterson, the Cardinals acquired Matt Holliday to batContinue reading “July 24, 2009: Cardinals acquire Matt Holliday in trade with A’s”

July 21, 2012: Cardinals tie franchise record with 12-run rally vs. Cubs

On July 21, 2012, a single inning proved the difference between the Cardinals and Cubs. It just turned out to be one heck of an inning. The Cardinals broke a scoreless tie in the seventh inning with a 12-run, 10-hit outburst that led to a 12-0 win and launched the Redbirds into the record books.Continue reading “July 21, 2012: Cardinals tie franchise record with 12-run rally vs. Cubs”