Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Cardinals Recuperate in Florida

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Cardinals Recuperate in Florida

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Depressed over your immediate future? Need to get over a brutal week?

Do what the Cardinals did . . .

Head to Florida!

Spend your first day playing golf, then zip into Joe Robbie Stadium, spending 3 1/2 hours or so, and walk out with a 9-5 victory.

Geronimo Pena's three-run triple in the seventh broke open a one-run game and, save for one ugly inning, the Cardinals' pitching was stout.

Of course, it helps if you play a friendly expansion team - the Cardinals are 8-3 against the Marlins - and the place is especially cozy if your host isn't much of a threat (25 runs in the last 10 games).

"It didn't seem like quite a fair game for a while; we had 13 hits, they had five, yet it was still tied 5-5," Cardinals manager Joe Torre said. "It was a very good team effort offensively." The Cardinals finished with 15 hits.

The Cardinals left this week's series with the Cubs trying to find a starter to go past the second inning. Rene Arocha (three runs in 1 1/3 innings), Bob Tewksbury (seven runs, 2/3 of an inning) and Tom Urbani (six runs, 1 2/3) failed in Chicago.

Rheal Cormier looked as though he would provide a relaxing antidote by pitching four shutout innings, but he lost a 5-0 lead. Pena's triple in the seventh put the cushion back at four runs.

Les Lancaster (4-0) pitched the sixth for the victory.

The Cardinals took a 5-0 lead as starter Chris Hammond lived a two-inning nightmare in the third and fourth. He walked two, threw three wild pitches and gave up two singles to Cormier, who scored twice.

Cormier, a lefthanded hitter, led off the third with a two-hopper down the third-base line on which Gary Sheffield had no play. Hammond then walked Bernard Gilkey, and wild-pitched the runners to second and third. After Pena struck out, Hammond wild-pitched Cormier home with a 59-footer that scooted between Benito Santiago's legs. Gregg Jefferies then singled Gilkey home, the first of three hits and four RBIs.

Erik Pappas, Cormier and Gilkey had hits, and Pena walked during the three-run fourth. Jefferies' two-RBI single was the big hit.

Two hits, an error and a walk put the Marlins in position for a big inning, and a 428-foot home run by Jeff Conine washed out Cormier's strong start. …

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