Stealing Signals: You Couldn’t Write A Story Like This.

Cardinals 5, Padres 0 – Is there any better way for the return of Rick Ankiel to the major leagues as an outfielder to begin than by hitting a three-run home run in the seventh inning to open the game up? I think not, folks. I just hope he’ll be in the line-up all three days against the Dodgers this weekend at Busch.

Dodgers 5, Reds 4 (F/11) – Speaking of which, the Dodgers finally broke a nasty streak of innings without a run today, and a homer from Rafael Furcal in the 11th inning provided the go-ahead and ultimately, winning run.

Royals 1, Twins 0 – Nice recovery for Kyle Davies after giving up homer #500 to A-Rod in his first start as a Royal. This time, he hurls shutout ball into the 7th inning.

Devil Rays 8, Tigers 1 – Jeremy Bonderman has become a liability for Detroit, giving up seven runs in six innings while Scott Kazmir held the Tiger line-up down, for the most part. Carl Crawford went 3-for-4 with a homer.

Braves 7, Mets 6 – Willie Harris robs the Mets of extras by stealing a home run from Carlos Delgado in the bottom of the ninth inning. The Braves were able to open the lead initially off of John Maine, suffering another poor start.

Mariners 13, Orioles 8 – Three hits and three RBIs each for Ichiro and Yuniesky Betancourt, and a homer for Jose Guillen. Miguel Tejada tried to bring the Orioles back single-handedly with five RBI (four coming on a grand slam).

Cubs 10, Rockies 2 – Jacque Jones drives in four in support of Ted Lilly, who has won his last eight out of nine starts, and the Rockies blew their offensive wad against the Brewers, it seems.

Marlins 4, Phillies 2 – Josh Willingham homers and drives in two in his return to the lineup, while Alfredo Amezaga drives in the go-ahead run with a pinch-hit fielders’ choice in the ninth inning off of Brett Myers, who then gave up another run on a ground ball by Hanley Ramirez.

(Photo: AP/Tom Gannam)


2 Responses

  1. As a lifelong Cardinals fan(54 years and counting), it warmed my heart to see Slick Rick knock one out last night. But the thing that struck me more than anything else was La Russa’s reaction. He was like a proud father watching his son(something you’ll never see Dave Duncan do publicly), and when you think about it, he is a surrogate father to Ankiel, given the fact that Daddy Ankiel is in the federal pen. I also think Tony feels somewhat responsible for “The Meltdown” and its aftermath, so he has a special bond with The Kid.
    That said, it’s just one game, which included three other AB where he looked overmatched(partially, I’m sure, due to nerves), and it’s entirely possible that this could be the exception rather than the rule. I’m pulling for the guy like a dentist pulling a tooth(without the pain, of course), and wish him nothing but the best, but I don’t think he’ll ever be anything more than a serviceable bench player who will bounce from team to team. I hope he proves me wrong, I really do.

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