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The Cardinals walk off against the Pirates

Sep 3, 2014, 5:31 PM EDT

In the low-offense game of the day, Clint Hurdle was not messing around. He called on his closer, Mark Melancon, to go two innings in a 0-0 game. Can’t blame him: the Pirates’ backs are against the wall. If they lose this game they’re down five games in the NL Central and fall to two and a half back in the wild card race pending tonight’s games.

Welp, they lost. 1-0.

Melancon cruised in the eighth. And he looked like he’d cruise in the ninth after striking out the first two batters he faced. But then he walked Yadier Molina and gave up a single to Jon Jay. That brought up Peter Bourjos. Then this happened:

 

The Cardinals look to have finally figured everything out. The last time they had a lackluster season and figured it out come playoff time was 2011. The time before that: 2006. They won the World Series in both of those years.

  1. howieK - Sep 3, 2014 at 5:41 PM

    WHOOOOooOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

  2. emrtgb - Sep 3, 2014 at 6:04 PM

    BBBIIIRRRDDDSSS!!!!!!!!!!

  3. historiophiliac - Sep 3, 2014 at 6:27 PM

    So I could still get my rematch after all?

    • Paper Lions - Sep 3, 2014 at 6:43 PM

      The Tigers are making the playoffs?

      • historiophiliac - Sep 3, 2014 at 6:56 PM

        You like to live dangerously, don’t you?

      • Paper Lions - Sep 3, 2014 at 7:59 PM

        :-)

      • historiophiliac - Sep 3, 2014 at 8:02 PM

        You’re drunk.

      • okwhitefalcon - Sep 3, 2014 at 10:34 PM

        He’s drunk on ribs and gravy.

      • Paper Lions - Sep 4, 2014 at 8:15 AM

        Mmmmm, rib-n-gravy.

      • historiophiliac - Sep 3, 2014 at 11:38 PM

        Maybe that’s what made him sour. :( Blech.

    • SocraticGadfly - Sep 3, 2014 at 8:04 PM

      Have the Tigers learned how to field a bunt yet? :)

      • historiophiliac - Sep 3, 2014 at 8:06 PM

        From your pitcher? pshht!

      • SocraticGadfly - Sep 3, 2014 at 8:11 PM

        I’m sorry. Technically, I should have asked:

        “Have the Tigers learned how to throw the ball to the base after a bunt yet?”

  4. jrs45 - Sep 3, 2014 at 6:50 PM

    Tigers lol who cares about them lol

  5. beepbeepbeeplgb - Sep 3, 2014 at 6:59 PM

    angels are getting hot too, i’d love to see albert and freese come back to STL.

    • infieldhit - Sep 3, 2014 at 11:39 PM

      And we’d love to see you take ‘em back.

  6. florida76 - Sep 3, 2014 at 7:01 PM

    It’s a bit of an exaggeration to suggest the Pirates’ backs are against the wall. A loss by the reeling Brewers tonight will leave the Bucs only two games out with a month left to play. The NL wildcard race may easily come down to the final week or days of the season.

    • 6superbowls - Sep 3, 2014 at 9:57 PM

      Pirates are done. They were done the last day of last season when their owner, Bob Nutting, cashed a big check on playoff money, raised ticket prices, and signed NOONE to replace Burnett, Bird, and Morneau. Proof was at the trade deadline yet again when they made NO move to improve a team that was struggling to find it’s identity. Put a fork in them.

  7. SocraticGadfly - Sep 3, 2014 at 8:07 PM

    Bourjos is not batting .300, no, but he has generally improved since the All-Star break. We’ll take what we get.

  8. perryt200 - Sep 4, 2014 at 2:40 AM

    Finally at least a semi positive post about the Cards, and it is only “The Cardinals look to have finally figured everything out”.

    This is just like every other September. They are in the hunt. Looking good. Post season bound. And the Cardinal hate posts are just around the corner.

    • stlouis1baseball - Sep 4, 2014 at 11:07 AM

      They are in the hunt Perry. But they haven’t locked anything up at this point.
      Please don’t start counting your chickens. That s h i t makes me nervous. It’s bad karma.

  9. gostlcards5 - Sep 4, 2014 at 6:12 PM

    Craig, I’m proud of you. A positive post about the Cardinals…without ANY pot-stirring or sarcasm. ;)

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