'67, '04 Cards move on to Bracket 2, Round 2

May 22nd, 2020

ST. LOUIS -- Both Cardinals teams -- 1967 and 2004 -- featured in the MLB Dream Bracket 2 clinched first-round victories this week. After the 1967 Cards beat the ‘82 Brewers on Thursday, the 2004 club followed with a 4-2 series win over the ‘08 Phillies on Friday.

The simulated competition, featuring many of the greatest teams in baseball history, is being produced by Out of the Park Baseball 21, MLB‘s most realistic strategy game (PC and Mac). The second round will be played on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The 2004 Cardinals had the offensive trio of third baseman Scott Rolen, first baseman Albert Pujols and center fielder Jim Edmonds, and their power helped push St. Louis through the first round. Rolen (.261 average) and Pujols (.320) each hit three home runs and recorded seven RBIs. Right fielder Larry Walker hit .269 (7-for-26) with one home run, while shortstop Edgar Renteria hit .273 (6-for-22) with two doubles. Outfielder John Mabry was the Cardinals’ go-to pinch-hitter; he was 2-for-3 with two RBIs in four games.

Matt Morris led the starters with a 2.92 ERA in 12 1/3 innings across two starts, and Game 1 starter Chris Carpenter had a 4.76 ERA in 11 1/3 innings across two starts, including a one-run, seven-inning outing in Game 5. Julian Taverez didn’t allow a run in four innings (five games) of relief.

Here’s how each game played out:

Game 1: Phillies 6, Cardinals 3
The Cardinals struck first with Rolen’s two-run home run in the bottom of the first, but the Phillies fought back against Carpenter in the top of the fifth. Carpenter -- who gave up five runs in 4 1/3 innings -- allowed consecutive singles, and right fielder Jayson Werth launched a three-run homer to give the Phils the lead.

The Cardinals couldn’t come back against Phillies starter Cole Hamels, who allowed three runs in six innings and struck out six. They threatened against Phils closer Brad Lidge in the ninth, when Ray Lankford hit a pinch-hit double and moved to third on second baseman Tony Womack’s groundout, but Walker grounded out for the final out.

Game 2: Cardinals 6, Phillies 4
Morris’ only two runs in his 6 1/3-inning outing came in the top of the fourth, when left fielder Pat Burrell lined a two-run homer to left field. It gave the Phillies the lead after Walker’s first-inning homer, but Edmonds’ solo homer in the fifth tied the game again. The Cardinals scored a run in the sixth off Phils starter Brett Myers, and they added three runs in the seventh -- RBI doubles from catcher Mike Matheny and pinch-hitter Mabry, as well as Walker’s RBI single -- off two Philly relievers.

The Phillies scored two runs in the top of the ninth and had the winning run at the plate, but Taverez forced a groundout to even the series.

Game 3: Cardinals 3, Phillies 2
After Walker’s RBI double tied the game in the eighth inning, the Cardinals won this one in extras. In the top of the 12th, left fielder Reggie Sanders grounded into a fielder’s choice and went to second on Matheny’s single. So Taguchi’s pinch-hit single to the right-center gap drove Sanders home for the winning run, and Jason Marquis earned the save in the bottom of the frame.

Starter Woody Williams -- who struck out seven in seven innings and had a shutout going until Carlos Ruiz’s two-run homer in the seventh -- dueled Phillies lefty Jamie Moyer, who allowed one run on four hits in seven innings with eight strikeouts. Six Cardinals relievers shut out the Phils over the final five innings to allow the offense to scratch one more run across in the 12th.

Game 4: Phillies 7, Cardinals 4
A costly error from Womack and a wild pitch from starter Jeff Suppan in the bottom of the fifth allowed two runs to score and gave the Phillies the lead, which they would only add to in the bottom of the eighth off lefty Steve Kline. The Cardinals had tied the game in the top of the fifth, with RBI doubles from Rolen and Renteria off Phils starter Joe Blanton. Pujols hit a solo homer in the ninth, but Philadelphia’s lead was out of reach.

Game 5: Cardinals 5, Phillies 2
A four-run fifth inning complemented a seven-inning, one-run outing from Carpenter to put the Cardinals one win away from advancing. Carpenter led off the fifth against Hamels with a single and made it to third on Womack’s single. Walker’s RBI double drover Carpenter home and set up Pujols’ three-run homer to right field. The only run Carpenter allowed was an RBI single in the seventh; the right-hander struck out seven and didn’t walk a batter.

The Phillies scored their second run when Jimmy Rollins stole home in the eighth off lefty Ray King. But the momentum fizzled when Ryan Howard and Burrell struck out, and Cardinals closer Jason Isringhausen earned the save in the ninth.

Game 6: Cardinals 6, Phillies 4
Rolen’s third homer of the series, this one a two-run shot off Myers, gave the Cardinals the lead in the bottom of the first that they wouldn’t relinquish. Pujols followed in the third with a two-run homer of his own, and the two gave the Cardinals their fifth run when Rolen’s double scored Pujols in the fifth inning. Sanders gave the Cards an insurance run with a solo homer in the sixth.

Morris allowed two runs on six hits in six innings, striking out seven and walking one. The Phillies made it interesting in the ninth, when center fielder Shane Victorino launched a two-out, two-run homer off King, but Isringhausen got Ruiz to ground into a fielder’s choice to send the Cardinals into the second round.