Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sad Tale: Beginning Gives Away Plot 7-Run Second Spurs Dodgers to 10-1 Win over Cardinals

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sad Tale: Beginning Gives Away Plot 7-Run Second Spurs Dodgers to 10-1 Win over Cardinals

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Today's lesson: How quickly a beautiful, bright June afternoon can turn to absolute misery.

Subtitle: "It sure does hurt when I do that to myself."

Acting out this little melodrama was the baseball troupe called the St. Louis Cardinals, a regional group that drew rave reviews for believability Wednesday during a 10-1 loss to a national touring company from Los Angeles, the Dodgers.

They sold 26,778 tickets for the performance at Busch Stadium, but 6,784 of those patrons stayed away.

Perhaps they already knew the story's ending. LA pitcher Tom Candiotti (3-5) played a starring role and allowed just three hits in seven innings.

Worse, the fans might have known the beginning.

The meat of the tale took place in the second inning. Many folks probably had just ordered their first hot dog and gulped from that first beverage. Others were pulling out the flip phone to call the boss with the first excuse for being late from lunch.

Raul Mondesi smacked a single to right field off Cardinals starting pitcher Vicente Palacios (2-3). Rather harmless, perhaps. Palacios had gotten one out, and neither of the next two batters had frightening resumes.

Palacios threw two fast strikes on Dave Hansen. "I was trying to make a pitch down, to strike him out," Palacios said.

That third pitch hit Hansen on the foot.

"Just a big mistake," Palacios said.

He made another mistake when he hit the next batter, .230-hitting Billy Ashley, with a pitch. Ashley, who strikes out about every other at-bat, seemed quite perturbed as he muttered his way to first base. His arrival loaded the bases.

"Palacios might have lost a little of his concentration," Cardinals manager Mike Jorgensen said.

Candiotti, with two hits in 20 at-bats all season, was up next. He's had bigger worries, like how to time the days he pitches with the days the Dodgers score runs. They had been shut out in three of his four previous outings.

Candiotti scorched Palacios' second pitch up the middle, an RBI single.

"We got kind of strangled early," Jorgensen said. "The two hit batsmen, the basehit by the pitcher, the grand slam . . . "

Darn. He gave away the big moment. …

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