On this date in 2011, the Cardinals beat the Royals in a wild game in Kansas City. The Cardinals actually led this game 7-1 after the top of the fifth inning. The Cards built that lead on a two-run home run by Allen Craig, and a two-run triple by Yadier Molina. It was a “Little League” home run for Molina, who scored from third base on an error. The Royals got a run back in the bottom of the fifth, then three more back in the sixth when Jaime Garcia allowed a solo homer to Jeff Franceour and a two-run homer to Wilson Betemit. Alex Gordon hit a solo shot in the bottom of the seventh before Betemit struck again for an RBI single to tie the game.
The game would stay tied 7-7 until the top of the 10th, when the Cardinals scored two runs without a hit. This was the sequence: walk, error, hit by pitch, flyout, walk, walk, groundout, strikeout. In the bottom of the 10th Billy Butler led off with a double. He was driven in on a double by Brayan Pena. Fernando Salas finally settled down and got a popout and a strikeout to end the game and secure a 9-8 Cardinals win. The Cardinals’ record improved to 28-20.
Somebody’s going to see Colby Rasmus had only one at-bat in St. Louis’ 9-8 victory over Kansas City and wonder how long he was in the game.
“I’ll tell them about 4 hours and 30 minutes worth,” deadpanned the weary center fielder.
St. Louis drew 13 walks in the 4 hour, 9 minute affair and Rasmus had five, each one off a different pitcher. In the 10th inning of the wacky afternoon affair with the bases loaded in a 7-7 tie, Tim Collins threw him four straight bad ones. That forced in the go-ahead run as the Cardinals took the always-lively interleague series between state rivals two games to one.
“A couple of [at-bats] they didn’t give me nothing, really,” Rasmus said. “And a couple of times I battled off some tough pitches. The threw me some good pitches and I battled them to a walk.”
Here are some video highlights:
Rosenthal Strong In Start For River Bandits
While that was happening at the MLB level, I got to see Trevor Rosenthal make a start for the River Bandits against the Kernels. The Bandits won this game 4-1. Rosenthal pitched great, throwing 5 shutout innings. He allowed only one hit, struck out seven and walked none. He picked up the win to improve his record to 2-4. Ronny Gil went three for four with a run, and Colin Walsh drove in two runs.
I was also at the game the day before which the Bandits won 8-3 over the Kernels. In that game, Greg Garcia had two hits in three at bats with two runs and walk. Michael Swinson was two for three with a double and two walks. Victor Sanchez had two doubles and four RBI. Seth Blair pitched six innings, allowed three runs and struck out six. He improved his record to 2-3, and the River Bandits improved to 24-19.
Trevor Rosenthal felt like he was making up for lost time Sunday when he took the mound at Modern Woodmen Park.
The Quad-Cities right-hander showed no lingering issues with the back soreness that forced him to miss his last start, allowing only one single over five innings in the River Bandits’ 4-1 Midwest League win over Cedar Rapids.
“Everything felt comfortable right from the start,” Rosenthal said. “I was locked in and focused on each pitch. The key thing for me today was to stay focused, and I was able to do that.”
Here are some pictures from the game on May 22. We got to sit in a luxury suite for this game.