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That's what the crowd in St. Louis will be wondering. The Jays lineup features an anonymous rookie leadoff man (Reed Johnson, as Shannon Stewart is still sitting but not yet on the DL) followed by a singles-hitting utility man (not my description; merely a casual NL fan's impression of Catalanotto) and a sophomore CF who has yet to put up "three-hole" numbers. I'm sure they've heard of Carlos Delgado, and can appreciate the monster year he's having. But Greg Myers? Unless you're a devoted member of the ZLC -- and many of you were hard to convince -- he's that aging backup guy who hits .220, right? Very few Cards fans will know anything about Orlando Hudson, Howie Clark (starting at 3B against the nasty righty) or Chris Woodward, and while they might recognize Kelvim Escobar's name, I'm sure they aren't too worried about Drew, Pujols, Edmonds and Rolen teeing off three times each against a failed closer.

I doubt it will be as one-sided as the Missouri faithful expect. If Kelvim has his (air)head in the right place, he has the stuff to keep his team in a low-scoring game, and with all due respect to Matt Morris, he won't find any easy outs in the Toronto lineup. Carlos Tosca should be pushing plenty of buttons; Escobar may bat twice, but (even if he's pitching well) is unlikely to go beyond six innings, then the parade of relievers and pinch-hitters will begin. Sure, it's a National League game, but there's a more important reason to play "little ball" tonight -- Morris doesn't allow many crooked numbers.

I don't like the fact that AL pitchers have to hit; that's downright dangerous. I hate that the AL pennant race could be decided by how teams fare in these games against random opponents. I would do a dance of joy if interleague play was abolished. However, once it starts, I'll be fascinated, and while I'm not optimistic enough about Kelvim's concentration to predict a victory, I do anticipate a close, exciting game.
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_R Billie - Tuesday, June 03 2003 @ 08:21 PM EDT (#100825) #
1-2-3 for both pitchers in the first inning. Escobar handles Drew easily with three straight splitters (only one for a strike).
_Elijah - Tuesday, June 03 2003 @ 08:27 PM EDT (#100826) #
Can do ANYTHING right? MLB.TV has the O's/Astros game on the internet feed with the audio from the Cardinals broadcast. I can hear Joe Buck and Al Hrabosky but I see Jason Johnson pitching to Jeff Kent. A moment ago, they did have the video feed from the Jays game on the O's/Astros channel but they straightened that one out.
_R Billie - Tuesday, June 03 2003 @ 08:28 PM EDT (#100827) #
1-2-3 for Morris again with two strikeouts. Awesome stuff and command. The Jays are going to have a long night if he keeps that up.
_R Billie - Tuesday, June 03 2003 @ 08:33 PM EDT (#100828) #
1-2-3 inning for Escobar as well with a strikeout of Rolen. Unfamiliarity with Morris/Escobar may contribute towards a low scoring contest tonight...though we've only played two innings.
Craig B - Tuesday, June 03 2003 @ 08:39 PM EDT (#100829) #
No fair throwing curveballs to AL pitchers.
_R Billie - Tuesday, June 03 2003 @ 08:43 PM EDT (#100830) #
Clark leads off with a single, Woodward doubles on a hanging curve. Then Kelvim Escobar supresses a laugh as he strikes out looking on a ridiculous bender from Morris. However, Reed Johnson drives in a run with a ground out (which Renteria made a great play on) and Catalanatto lines an infield single off Morris' glove to drive in the second run. Wells rips an 0-2 pitch into left field and there's runners on 1st and 2nd with 2 outs for Delgado.
_R Billie - Tuesday, June 03 2003 @ 08:51 PM EDT (#100831) #
Kelvim Escobar is dealing a terrific splitter tonight as well as good command of his fastball as he strikes out the side in order in the third. 5 strikeouts through 3 perfect innings for Escobar so far.
_R Billie - Tuesday, June 03 2003 @ 09:09 PM EDT (#100832) #
Through 4 innings the score remains 2-0 Jays. Escobar had his perfect streak broken up with 2 outs when Pujols hit a grounder into the hole, Woodward hurried his throw and skipped it by Delgado. It was scored an infield hit and an error as Pujols went to second. An accurate throw would have had him. Escobar then struggles going 3-1 on Edmonds before getting a flyball out to end the inning.
Craig B - Tuesday, June 03 2003 @ 09:12 PM EDT (#100833) #
It's impossible not to love watching Scott Rolen in the field...
_DS - Tuesday, June 03 2003 @ 09:30 PM EDT (#100834) #
Is it just me, or is Escobar favouring his right hand a little? It could be that nerve problem popping up again...
_R Billie - Tuesday, June 03 2003 @ 09:39 PM EDT (#100835) #
Let's hope that's not it. The first three hitters in the fifth inning get singles off Escobar and then Howie Clark makes a terrible throw to first on a bunt attempt by Morris. Why wasn't he playing in to defend against the bunt in the first place? That makes no sense...he should have been in far enough to catch that popped up bunt.

Cards end up scoring 4 times on 3 hits, an error and a sac fly. Woodward made a great diving stop up the middle to record the second out and keep it a 2 run game.
_R Billie - Tuesday, June 03 2003 @ 09:46 PM EDT (#100836) #
Jays battle back in the 6th to tie it at 4. Cat singles and Wells doubles to lead off, then Hudson cashes Wells with a 2 out single.
_Dr B - Tuesday, June 03 2003 @ 09:59 PM EDT (#100837) #
Did I see that correctly? Intentional walk of danger man Mike Matheny....?
Mike D - Tuesday, June 03 2003 @ 10:01 PM EDT (#100838) #
Yankees lose! Tha-a-a-a-a Yankees lose!
_A - Tuesday, June 03 2003 @ 10:34 PM EDT (#100839) #
This evening at Ursula Franklin Academy's 6th annual Athletic Banquet, the boys' baseball team was scheduled to make a presentation to our coach. Unfortuneatly Coach is on the DL and couldn't be in attendance to receive the bat signed by the entire team or the applause that went with the presentation.

The amount of time Coach has put into Flames baseball over the 5 years I've been with the team has been remarkable, he certainly embodies the concept of community involvement and I am very proud to say I have played for him.

Because you weren't able to be publicly thanked for your efforts this evening over dinner, will have to do.



PS...Be sure to save that bat, in the next ten years two of those signatures may playing in the Bigs ;)
Craig B - Tuesday, June 03 2003 @ 10:49 PM EDT (#100840) #
Way to go, Coach. I know how proud you are of your players and I can see why...
_jason - Tuesday, June 03 2003 @ 11:34 PM EDT (#100841) #
How about Sammy and his corked bat? That won't go far helping to change the minds of people who suspected he was/is on the juice.
_A - Wednesday, June 04 2003 @ 12:07 AM EDT (#100842) #
Apparently Sosa's "homerun exhibition" bat got mixed up with his game bats...Sosa's post-game press conference may also reveal that there is a high level of concentrated steroids in his drinking water ;-)
_Jurgen - Wednesday, June 04 2003 @ 12:25 AM EDT (#100843) #
Interesting post over at The Cub Reporter. According to All-Knowing Science, corking the bat actually decreases the distance the ball travels.

Maybe Sosa was just trying to even things out for everyone else. Sammy's such a nice guy.

I'm surprised he didn't say something like, "I don't know what happened. Barry Bonds lent me one of his bats."
Craig B - Wednesday, June 04 2003 @ 01:16 AM EDT (#100844) #
Sosa's post-game press conference may also reveal that there is a high level of concentrated steroids in his drinking water ;-)

No, only in his *home run exhibition* drinking water.
_jason - Wednesday, June 04 2003 @ 02:44 PM EDT (#100845) #
Are they allowed to use a corked bat for the HR derby at the All-Star game?
Coach - Wednesday, June 04 2003 @ 03:14 PM EDT (#100846) #
Be sure to save that bat, in the next ten years two of those signatures may playing in the Bigs

Only two? Adam, every signature means a great deal to me. I'm sorry I missed the banquet, but moving was literally a pain, and I was particularly hobbled yesterday. I hope we can all get together at school one day next week. It has been a great pleasure coaching you, and all the other graduating seniors. Let's continue the UFA tradition of alumni assistant coaches; there's always room for you guys in the Flames' dugout.
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