This week the Cardinals completed their first three-game sweep of the Cubs at Wrigley since May 1988. My compliments if you knew it had been that long. Here's a quick rundown of what went down that week in '88:
This game went 11 innings when the Cardinals finally got to the Cubs' starter, Greg Maddux (yes, he was still in the game), for three runs on five straight singles with two outs from Tom Brunansky, Bob Horner, Tony Pena, Luis Alicea, and Jose Quendo. Maddux had thrown 167 pitches when he was finally relieved by Frank DiPino. Jeez, Zim.
On the other side, John Tudor went nine full innings without giving up a run on only 79 pitches. It was a hidden Maddux. Scott Terry got the win for the Cardinals and Todd Worrell got the save.
The Cardinals won on the strength of two doubles from Brunansky. Bob Forsch pitched two innings of relief for Jose DeLeon for some reason and got the win. Jamie Moyer, who pitched for the Rockies just four years ago, started for the Cubs but took a no decision.
Cris Carpenter (not Chris) pitched nine innings and only allowed one run when a Jody Davis double plated Rafael Palmeiro. Horner (gosh, I almost forget he was a Cardinal) and Pena drove in two runs apiece.
As was wont to happen in the late-80s, the Cardinals didn't hit a single home run this entire series. In fact, the two doubles from Brunansky mentioned above accounted for their only extra-base hits that week. They did, however, hit 23 singles - 10 in the third game alone. Whiteyball was the best. (The Cardinals finished 76-86 that year and 5th in the old NL East.)
Here's hoping the Cardinals don't have to wait another 28 years to bring out the brooms in Wrigley, and here's what you may have missed yesterday at VEB:
QO for Brandon Moss?
John Fleming looked at Brandon Moss' surprising and welcoming turn as a perfectly legitimate qualifying offer candidate. Buried in this, as John mentioned, is that all signs point to the Cardinals coming out pretty well in the Moss-for-Kaminsky trade.
Matt Holliday's contract
Now that we're near the half-way point of the season, I took another look at Matt Holliday's contract and how good it has been for the Cardinals, which is something every Cardinal fan can agree on - that is, unless you're a Cardinals fan on Facebook.
Down on the farm
Grichuk is raking. He's not alone either.
Carlos remembers Oscar on his birthday
Like a lot of you I'm sure, it's impossible for me see a picture of Oscar Taveras and not feel sad, but I still clicked on this picture a few times today.
Craig Edwards answers questions on Facebook
Craig took the time to talk about the Cardinals and their recent struggles/triumphs, whether VEB actively trolls Cubs fans, and his band, who, in my opinion, will never top Clouds Taste Metallic. Watch the video here.
No game last night but there was the NBA Draft, which was my favorite night of the year when I was 13. I still enjoy it but it'll never reach the heights of the early 90s when Shawn Bradley went #2 and I immediately started collecting all of his cards. Probably a bad choice but you can follow the thread here.
Enjoy your weekend, everyone.