On Saturday, the team of United Cardinal Bloggers and I participated in a progressive game blog. What that means is that one person covers each inning from their point of view. I was in charge of the eighth inning of Saturday evening’s game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Los Angeles Dodgers. You can see how we got to this point by clicking here and using the links provided at the bottom of the article. Or, to go directly to where the previous inning was/will be broken down, please click here.
Well, the eighth inning was a nice one for the men dressed in Dodger blue. The inning was started by Cardinals’ righty Mitch Harris. Howie Kendrick welcomed him with a base hit. Andre Ethier offered his share of the greeting much of the same way. Harris struck out their catcher, Yasmani Grandal, next on an outside cutter. With one out, Alberto Callaspo pinched-hit for Scott Van Slyke. (Scott is the son of former Cardinal Andy Van Slyke.) Callaspo singled through the infield, which scored Kendrick. Their 4-1 lead coming into the inning grew to 5-1. The RBI ended Mitch’s night. Matt Belisle entered the game post-Harris exit. With one out and two runners on his plate to work around, he quickly gobbled them up. He got Jimmy Rollins to ground into the ol’ 6-4-3 inning-ending double play.
Okay, fine. I’ll just ‘apologize’ to you in advance, Cardinals fans. There isn’t much to talk about when it comes to the Redbirds in their offensive half of the eighth inning. Yimi Garcia came out of the Dodger bullpen and pitched against the ‘birds. Man, did he sound good. He pitched to first baseman Mark Reynolds to lead off the inning. He struck out swinging. Tony Cruz was up next, batting for Belisle. Cruz struck out swinging, too. Kolten Wong followed Cruz’s at bat with a fly ball to the outfield. Perhaps worth noting is that Mark and Tony, both, struck out on four-seam fastballs that were high. Does this mean anything to any of you? No, probably not. Let’s just say it’s… interesting. It could spark a conversation. Since Belisle was lifted for a pinch-hitter, Carlos Villanueva pitched the following inning.
There’s your eighth inning breakdown. Well, from where I stand. The ninth inning analysis will be featured here.
Thank you for reading! I hope you’ve enjoyed the entire progressive game blog put together by the UCB.