What a weekend at Great American Ball Park!
On Friday night, the Reds came from behind to win in extra innings. A packed house waved their rally towels and chanted “M-V-P” as Joey Votto singled in Chris Heisey in the bottom of the 10th inning. After the game, fans were treated to a spectacular fireworks display and concert from Creedence Clearwater Revisited.
On Saturday, Johnny Cueto “kicked” it into high-gear and improved to 2-0 as he allowed three runs over 7 2/3 innings. Ramon Hernandez led the offensive attack with a pair of home runs. The 7-3 victory clinched the series for the Reds.
Yesterday saw the Reds complete the sweep with a 9-7 win. Cincinnati nailed Chris Carpenter for seven earned runs in 6 1/3 innings and took advantage of some sloppy defense by the Cardinals. It got interesting toward the end of the game, but Francisco Cordero was able to strike out Lance Berkman to end it.
During the ninth inning yesterday, Cordero hit Albert Pujols with an 0-2 pitch in the ninth inning. Pujols took first base as the tying run, bringing Matt Holliday to the plate. To even consider that Cordero intentionally hit Pujols is asinine.
“There’s always something when you come in here,” Cardinals acting manager Joe Pettini said.
Getting hit with a pitch is a part of baseball. Given the nature of this rivalry, I would not have been surprised to see someone get knocked down. However, to think Cordero intentionally hit Pujols in the ninth yesterday is laughable. Yes, it is always something when the Cardinals come to Cincinnati. The biggest reason is they always find something to whine and complain about. Whether it be about baseballs or the pitcher’s mound, the Cardinals are always crying about one thing or another.
The ironic thing about the whole situation is who was yelling at Cordero. It was the St. Louis backup catcher, Gerald Laird. Are you kidding me? Pujols himself acknowledged that he didn’t think Cordero was trying to hit him. That is because Pujols is not an idiot.
“I’m pretty sure Francisco didn’t try to do that on purpose,” Pujols said. ”It’s probably something that slipped.”
Apparently, Carpenter was complaining about the conditions of the pitcher’s mound. He was also visibly upset about the lingering smoke from the fireworks after Ramon Hernandez hit his third home run in two days.
It amazes me that a professional baseball team can whine like a bunch of, well, whiny little bitches. They continue to prove over and over that Brandon Phillips was right.