Monday, October 13, 2014

Top 6 Cardinal Postseason Games: OCTOBER 13

6 - Saturday, October 13, 2001 - Game 4 - NLDS vs Arizona Diamondbacks - At Busch Stadium

The Cardinals evened the NLDS at two games apiece, with a 4-1 win over the D-Backs.  Bud Smith pitched five innings, allowing one run on four hits - and the St Louis bullpen kept Arizona scoreless over the final four innings to preserve the win for the rookie.

Fernando Vina had three hits - including a home run - scored two runs and drove in two runs to pace the Cards attack.  Jim Edmonds also homered in what would prove to be the Cardinals' last home game in 2001.

5 - Tuesday, October 13, 1987 - Game 6 - NLCS vs San Francisco Giants - At Busch Stadium

A misplayed second-inning line drive off the bat of Tony Pena by Giants right fielder Candy Maldonado turned an easy out into a lead-off triple - then Jose Oquendo got the game-winning RBI with a sacrifice fly - the only run scored in the game - to give the Cardinals a do-or-die 1-0 win over the Giants.

John Tudor blanked the Giants for 7.1 innings - then Todd Worrell and Ken Dayley preserved the win, to even the series at three games apiece.

4 - Sunday, October 13, 1985 - Game 4 - NLCS vs Los Angeles Dodgers - At Busch Stadium

The Cardinals scored nine runs in the second-inning to blow the game wide open - en route to a 12-2 drubbing of LA - to even the series at two games apiece.  Every player in the St Louis lineup either scored or drove in at least one run.  Tito Landrum - playing in place of the injured Vince Coleman - had 3 RBI.  Coleman - the fastest player in major league baseball - had been injured earlier in the day by a runaway tarp machine traveling at 1 mph - and would be lost for the remainder of the postseason.

John Tudor breezed through seven innings - allowing one run on three hits, while striking out five - to get the win.

3 - Wednesday, October 13, 2004 - Game 1 - NLCS vs Houston Astros - At Busch Stadium

The Cardinals managed to overcome four home runs by the visiting Astros, thanks to huge offensive nights from Albert Pujols (two hits - including a home run - two runs scored, two RBI), Jim Edmonds (two hits and three RBI) and Larry Walker (three hits - including a double and triple - three runs scored and one RBI).  Final score:  St Louis 10 - Houston 7

Woody Williams pitched six innings for the win - allowing four runs on four hits - including two of the four home runs off Cardinal pitching.  Connecting for the Astros:  Carlos Beltran, Jeff Kent, Lance Berkman and Eric Lamb

2 - Wednesday, October 13, 1982 - Game 2 - World Series vs Milwaukee Brewers - At Busch Stadium

The Cardinals evened the series at one game apiece with a crucial 5-4 come-from-behind win over the Brewers.  Darrell Porter's two-run opposite field game-tying double off Brewers starter Don Sutton was the biggest hit - perhaps of the entire series.  The winning run scored when rookie reliever Pete Ladd walked Steve Braun with the bases loaded in the eighth-inning to put the Redbirds on top for the first time in the game.

Bruce Sutter got his first career World Series win with 2.1 innings of scoreless two-hit relief.

1 - Friday, October 13, 2006 - Game 2 - NLCS vs New York Mets - At Shea Stadium

In a game the Cardinals absolutely had to win - pinch hitter So Taguchi's lead-off ninth-inning home run broke a 6-6 tie - then the Cardinals tacked on two more runs to hand the Mets a shocking 9-6 defeat at home - to even the series at one game apiece.

Pacing the well-rounded St Louis attack:  Jim Edmonds' two-run home run - Scott Spezio added a double, a triple, two runs scored and three RBI - Yadier Molina had three hits with two RBI - and Albert Pujols had a pair of doubles and scored three runs.

Josh Kinney recorded his first and only career postseason win with an inning of scoreless relief.  His total career workload in postseason play would amount to 6.1 IP - allowing just three hits - with a career ERA of 0.00.

After this wild game concluded with a rare postseason Cardinals' road win, you wouldn't blame anyone rooting for the Mets to suddenly have an aversion to any future Friday the 13th's.

But it was a most fortuitous day for Cardinal Nation, as this unlikely World Series championship team was just starting to click on all cylinders.

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