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ho hum. when do the playoffs start?

it was this kind of series: the cardinal pitchers went 3 for 7 with a walk, a double, and 2 rbis.

nice effort by the bullpen, too -- 9.2 innings, 1 run. whoever was asking "where's looper?" in the comments thread the other night, when he failed to appear in the 8th inning of a tie game, here's your answer -- he's got cal eldred's old role until further notice. they don't trust him enough to put him into any remotely tight situation -- including yesterday's 7th inning, when the cards sent josh hancock, not looper, out to protect a 4-2 lead against the rump of the order. looper stands a good chance to get into a game this weekend against cubs' heavily RH lineup, but i guess it'll take a 3- or 4-run spread in the score. . .

the cards' other new bullpen veteran, ricardo rincon, is apparently the "B" lefty reliever; he came on in the 6th to pitch to one batter, while randy flores was saved for the 8th inning to pitch to (potentially) four guys. i give la russa/ duncan credit; they've selected the most useful relievers and slotted them into the roles they deserve, irrespective of reputation and salary. i don't think they've made a false step yet in shaping or deploying the bullpen.

the memphis redbirds opened their season last night with a 5-4 loss in 13 innings. anthony reyes' line: 6 inn, 9 h, 3 er, 0 w, 3 k. junior spivey went 2 for 4 with a double, 2 walks, 1 strikeout, and a fielding error. chris duncan was 3 for 6, travis hanson 0 for 5, johnny gall 2 for 7. alan benes took the loss.

springfield also opened last night with a 5-4 loss -- nick stahinova went 2 for 3 with a walk, cody haerther 1 for 5 with a double. palm beach won 7-6 as tyler greene went 2 for 4; colby rasmus went 0 for 4 in quad cities' debut.