Losing in High Definition


As most of you regular readers know, I live in Miami, Florida, and since moving here from St. Louis, I’ve been reduced to watching Cardinal baseball via the Extra Innings package from Comcast, my local shitbox cable provider.  At any rate, the games I get to watch in high definition are very few and far between.  Other than the rare Sunday Night Baseball on ESPN, my only hope is when the Cards face the Marlins.  I didn’t have to worry about the broadcast last month when the Birds were down here in Florida because I was at all the games, but now that I finally have another chance to watch my favorite team in HD, they pull an ’08 Cards, and blow the save to lose the game.

It was the first of a three game series against the Fish, and to my surprise, turned out to be a pitchers duel for most of the contest.  Braden Looper and Ricky Nolasco matched each other pitch for pitch deep into the game.  Looper was fantastic, going 7.1 innings without allowing a run on only 4 hits.  He struck out 6.  Chris Perez blew the save, and Ryan Franklin continued down the road of suck, and the Cardinals lost the game 4-1.  Here’s the full recap, along with the complete box score.

I guess I can’t blame the bullpen entirely, as the offense only put up one run, but it’s a shame nonetheless, as the Cardinals added to their Major League leading 30 blown saves.  Yummy!

And for all of you other scoreboard watchers out there, Milwaukee beat San Diego in extra innings, and the Phillies beat the Mets.  The only good news of the night was that the Cubbies got their asses handed to them 10-2 by Cincinnati.  The Cards remain 6 games back in the Wild Card race.

Tomorrow’s game features Todd Wellemeyer and Scott Olsen.  The Cardinals need to win.  I’m already on suicide watch.