Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Redbirds Clinch Series, Spank Feuding la 9-3

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Redbirds Clinch Series, Spank Feuding la 9-3

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Only in major-league baseball's madcap scheduling could this happen:

The Cardinals, four games under .500 on this morning of June 9, already have clinched a season series from a National League opponent. Their 9-3 victory Sunday over the Los Angeles Dodgers, normally laconic but now fussing and feuding, gave them six wins in nine games over the Dodgers with only two remaining in September.

"One of these days, we'll win more than we lose and then I'll really be excited," Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said. The Cardinals, who have won or split their last six series, had 13 hits - the same as the Dodgers - but the difference was that the Cardinals capitalized, stranding only two runners while the Dodgers left nine. Former Dodger Delino DeShields, apparently thriving on the chorus of boos he received, drove in three runs and scored two, including a two-run homer off former Cardinal Todd Worrell in the ninth. "I'm sure, being a sensitive guy, Delino doesn't appreciate getting booed," La Russa said. "But he had a solid series. "As long as the fans are here, they can boo if they want to. I'm just glad they're here." DeShields said, "To be honest, I don't like it. I'm human, too. But I'm kind of used to it. They booed me worse than that when I played here. "But I put some of those demons to rest." Matt Morris (4-3), who has won three straight, gave up 11 hits in six innings but walked no one and showed La Russa something else again. "We saw another side of his talent today. We saw how tough he is," La Russa said. "He got a big knot on his ankle and he hung in there and made good pitches. That's a terrific sign. That's Alan Benes-kind of stuff." A smash by Mike Piazza tagged Morris in the left ankle in the first inning. That hit loaded the bases with one out, but after being looked at by trainer Gene Gieselmann, the 22-year-old Morris stayed in and struck out Eric Karros and then retired Todd Hollandsworth on a fly to left. The Cardinals already had provided him with two runs in the top of the first and Morris endured long enough to leave the game leading 5-3 after six innings. …

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