Saturday, April 23, 2011

Karma Catches Cardinals

I'm going to call it karma. That might be the easy explanation for the 8th inning in Saturday's game. We still don't know for sure what happened Friday night between the Reds, the Cardinals, and the weather reports. But the Baseball Gods appeared to be paying back St. Louis for some misdeed. The Reds had the most improbable rally in the top of the 8th inning Saturday while trailing 3-2. A one out, two base error, a strikeout to make it two outs, an intentional walk to Votto, Jonny Gomes hit with an 0-2 pitch, and a bases loaded walk to Jay Bruce to tie the game after Bruce fell behind 1-2 in the count. Wow! Then up comes former Cardinal Miguel Cairo and BINGO! A two-run single that proves to be the difference. Now, since Volquez had to be scratched because of the way the weather played out Friday, he could be the man on the mound for the Reds Sunday night. That could bring about another chance for karma. The only time Volquez has pitched in new Busch Stadium was back on June 1, 2009. As bad as the first inning has been for Volquez in 2011, it was worse for Volquez on this night. He left after one inning with numbness in his right hand. That led to Tommy John surgery and Volquez didn't pitch again until July 17, 2010. Should he take the mound in St. Louis Sunday night, he is due for some good karma.

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