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Cardinals Take 2-1 World Series Lead

Posted October. 26, 2006 06:58,   


Demonstrating his skills as the team’s ace, Chris Carpenter (31), winner of the MLB Cy Young Award last year, brought his team a precious victory.

In Game Three of the World Series, held at New Busch Stadium on October 25, Saint Louis defeated Detroit 5-0, thanks to Carpenter’s brilliant pitching. Now with a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series, the Cardinals have two wins between them and their championship rings. ESPN.com, an American website specializing in sports, reported that there have been 49 occasions when Game Three took place after a 1-1 tie, and winners of those games finally won the series 34 times (69.4 percent).

Facing Detroit hitters, Carpenter earned no runs and only three hits in eight innings. There were no bases on balls, but he had six strikeouts. Until he was substituted for with Braden Looper in the ninth inning, he has thrown only 82 pitches.

Among Detroit’s batting lineup of nine, none of the first six batters made a hit. In five of their nine innings on the offensive side, the first three batters of each inning were put out on a streak. Except Brandon Inge who proceeded to the third base in the third inning by a sacrifice bunt and a wild pitch, no one was even able to step on the second base. The game became Carpenter’s fifth win in eight postseason pitches and first in the World Series.

In the fourth inning with one out and all bases loaded, Jim Edmonds hit a double against Nate Robertson that rolled along the right line to bring the Cardinals a 2-0 lead. The close game suddenly inclined to the Cardinals’ side in the seventh inning with a single error committed by Detroit.

In the 7th inning with one out and runners on the first and second base, Detroit’s relief pitcher Joel Zumaya caught the grounder of Albert Pujols in his glove. However, he made a bad throw to the third base and both runners scored to make a 4-0 lead.

In the eighth inning, with one out and bases loaded, the Cardinals added another run to widen the gap 5-0 as Zach Miner made a wild pitch. On October 26, Saint Louis and Detroit will meet each other again in Game Four with Jeff Suppan and Jeremy Bonderman starting.