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PostCards: 2013 NLDS Game 3 – St. Louis Cardinals at Pittsburgh Pirates


Well, because I don’t subscribe to MLB Network, I didn’t have an opportunity to watch the disaster that was Lance Lynn. But the score sure wasn’t pretty. Today, the Cardinals desperately need to turn their offense on and actually beat Francisco Liriano.

You’ve already heard it: Liriano is 3-0 with a disgusting 0.75 ERA this year against the Cardinals. It looks grim for the Cardinal hitters.

Luckily, we get to use our (not-so-)secret weapon: Joe Kelly. He’s been very good this year, but has also handled the Pirates well, going 3-1 with a 2.53 ERA against them in 6 appearances (3 starts). Even at PNC Kelly has held his own, posting a 2-0 record with an 0.69 ERA in 3 appearances (2 starts) on Pirate turf.

Basically, we have to hope that Kelly is as good as he can be and handles the postseason pressure well, while Liriano suffers a bad outing (and he’s had a few this year). If our offense can get fired up and silence that loud Pittsburgh crowd, I think the Cardinals could have a good shot at taking NLDS Game 3.

I certainly hope so, ’cause I don’t want to start the do-or-die any earlier than we have to.

Let’s go St. Louis!!!

Feel free to leave your comments below!

Tags: Game Thread Joe Kelly St Louis Cardinals

  • Ovadia

    Come on, Joe. 2-2 count.

  • Ovadia

    Foul bunt, 1 out for Matt Carpenter. Runners on first and second.

  • Ovadia

    3-0 to Matt Carpenter!

  • Ovadia

    Liriano works it back 3-2 . . .

  • Ovadia

    Called third strike that he doesn’t like, but runners advance on the double steal. Just need one hit.

  • Ovadia

    TIE GAME ON BELTRAN’S BASE HIT!!!

  • Ovadia

    A quick message to Pittsburgh: Welcome to October. This is what we do. We come here every year, you don’t. We’re used to it, you aren’t. We will win, and you will not.

  • Daniel Solzman

    Thank you Carlos Beltran for tying the game up!

  • Ovadia

    3-2 Pirates. Maness only allows one run to score after Kelly loads the bases.

  • Ovadia

    And Pete Kozma does his job again. He’s 2-2 with a walk on the night. Now let’s see Shane do something Octoberish.

  • Ovadia

    Matt Carpenter has a chance to do some good here. We need some two out magic! Let’s go!

  • Ovadia

    Hard hit up the middle, but can’t get it past the pitcher.

  • Ovadia

    TBS makes me angry. I do not like their coverage.

  • Ovadia

    1-2-3 for Axford.

  • Ovadia

    3-3 Cardinals after Beltran SMOKES it into the right field bleachers! That’s the silence I wanted to hear.

  • Ovadia

    3-1 pitch to Holliday, he could do some damage.

  • Ovadia

    And that was ball four, by a couple of inches.

  • Ovadia

    Holliday ran hard enough to be safe. Too bad the ump is watching a different game.

  • Ovadia

    Beltran ties the game again for us. On to the bottom of the eighth.

  • Ovadia

    Heads up play by Kozma and McCutchen is out at third! Kozma is this games MVP when we win.

  • Ovadia

    4-3 after Alvarez’s single.

  • Ovadia

    The Cards are down two runs again here in the eighth. Still only one out.

  • Ovadia

    Double play, inning over. Now we need two more to tie it in the top of the ninth. Come on Cards! It’s time for October magic!

  • Ovadia

    Base hit for Adams! That’s a start.

  • Ovadia

    Jay lines out, but Adams back to first safely. One out. Need another big hit from Pete Kozma.

  • Ovadia

    Koz is out for the first time tonight. One more out. Can’t give up yet, though. Here’s Daniel Descalso.

  • Ovadia

    Game over. Pirates win 5-3. Cardinals down 2-1 in the series and need to win the final two to advance. It’s do-or-die time from here on out.