Trump Cards; D-Backs rattled
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By Matthew Leach/ MLB.com
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PHOENIX -- Don't call them a team of destiny, the Cardinals say again and again. After all, what if they come up short?
OK, fine. What do you call a team that smacks around Randy Johnson, at Bank One Ballpark, with such impunity? St. Louis battered the likely National League Cy Young winner on Tuesday night, then hung a six-run seventh inning on a supposedly improved Arizona bullpen. The result was a stunning 12-2 victory in the opener of the National League Division Series.
At this rate, the Redbirds won't have to worry about falling short of anything.
They did it to Johnson early: Jim Edmonds set the tone with a massive two-run homer to right field in the first inning. And they did it repeatedly: Scott Rolen added a two-run blast of his own in the fourth. The two sluggers combined for 851 feet of home run.
All told, Johnson gave up six runs, five of them earned, on 10 hits.
"What we were able to do was put good at-bats together," Rolen said with more than a bit of understatement. "Whether they were walks, whether they were hits, whatever they were. We just took advantage of situations. Jimmy got us going early with that home run. I think that was real big for us."
Matt Morris was as shaky as his opposite number in the early going, giving up a run in the first and another in the third. After three innings he had permitted seven base runners. But once his offense gave him his second lead, a 5-2 advantage after 3 1/2 innings, the righty settled in. More >
By Rich Draper/MLB.com
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PHOENIX -- Arizona left-hander Randy Johnson's division championship jinx continued Tuesday night as the Big Unit was rocked for a pair of two-run homers in the Diamondbacks' 12-2 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 1 of the National League Division Series at Bank One Ballpark before a sellout crowd of 49,154.
The leading candidate for the NL Cy Young award has now lost seven straight division series games, dating back to 1997 postseason play with Seattle. He dropped a 4-1 decision to St. Louis in the NLDS last season.
In September, the Big Unit allowed only three earned runs in winning his five starts, three of them complete games, but his divisional hex haunted him against the Cardinals' powerful offense, which kayoed him with six runs and a season-high 10 hits over six innings.
Johnson had trouble from the outset, as he gave up a first-inning, two-run 424-foot homer to Jim Edmonds, then allowed an equally mammoth two-run blow to Scott Rolen in the Cardinals' three-run, four-hit fourth.
The 39-year-old veteran (0-1) also issued an RBI single to Mike Matheny in the fourth and a run-scoring single to Fernando Vina in the sixth.
The Diamondback bullpen took a beating in the six-run seventh, with the Cardinals putting the game out of reach off relievers Matt Mantei and Greg Swindell. The key hit was a two-run single by Edmonds, who had four RBIs in the game.
Winning pitcher Matt Morris (1-0) gave up single runs in the first and third innings, but shut out Arizona over the next four innings. More >
|St Louis Cardinals 12, Arizona Diamondbacks 2|
|St Louis|| AB|| R|| H|| RBI|| BB||SO||LOB||AVG|
a-Grounded out for Fassero in the 9th.
2B: Matheny (1, Johnson).
3B: Pujols (1, Johnson).
HR: Edmonds (1, 1st inning off Johnson, 1 on, 1 out), Rolen (1, 4th inning off Johnson, 1 on, 0 out).
RBI: Edmonds 2 (2), Rolen 2 (2), Matheny 2 (2), Marrero (1), Morris 2 (2), Pujols 2 (2).
2-out RBI: Pujols 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Marrero, Martinez, Rolen.
Team LOB: 8.
SB: Renteria (1, 2nd base off Johnson/Moeller).
CS: Edmonds (1, 2nd base by Johnson/Moeller).
E: Renteria (1, fielding).
Outfield assists: Pujols (Spivey at home).
|Arizona|| AB|| R|| H|| RBI|| BB||SO||LOB||AVG|
a-Lined out for Fetters in the 7th. b-Grounded into a forceout for Dellucci in the 8th. c-Walked for Helling in the 9th.
RBI: Finley (1), McCracken (1).
2-out RBI: McCracken.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: McCracken, Dellucci, Finley.
Team LOB: 9.
SB: Finley (1, 2nd base off Morris/Matheny).
E: Womack (1, throw), Swindell (1, throw).
|St Louis|| IP|| H|| R|| ER|| BB||SO||HR||ERA|
|Morris (W, 1-0)
Swindell pitched to 4 batters in the 7th.
IBB: Renteria (by Johnson).
Pitches-strikes: Morris 89-60, Fassero 13-8, Crudale 21-12, Johnson 94-65, Mantei 10-4, Swindell 16-8, Fetters 15-8, Helling 17-11.
Ground outs-fly outs: Morris 7-10, Fassero 2-1, Crudale 1-0, Johnson 8-5, Mantei 0-1, Swindell 0-0, Fetters 0-1, Helling 3-3.
Batters faced: Morris 30, Fassero 4, Crudale 4, Johnson 30, Mantei 3, Swindell 4, Fetters 4, Helling 6.
Inherited runners-scored: Swindell 2-2, Fetters 2-2.
Umpires: HP: Bruce Froemming. 1B: Bill Miller. 2B: Ron Kulpa. 3B: Gary Darling. LF: Steve Rippley. RF: Mark Hirschbeck.
Weather: 76 degrees, clear.
Wind: 12 mph, In from RF.
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