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Cards set club record with 13-0 start, sweeping the 'Bows 6-3, 9-5.

John Baum 26.05.2009
Chris Beyeler and Roger Salvodelli were the starting pitchers in game one, and both would work deep into the contest. Salvodelli started the game with three perfect innings against the Cards, allowing no baserunners. Beyeler did his part, keeping the 'Bows off the board until the third inning, when a one out walk would come around to score. Leadoff man, James Nash would steal second after the walk, and would be brought around by a Josh Crouse two-out single. The visiting Cardinals didn't take long to respond when a lead off hit from Vitus Huber, and a one out single from John Baum knotted the game at one. The Bows' again took the lead in the fifth inning, a leadoff double from Carl Hutchinson, another walk to Nash, and a single form Bruno Albrecht loaded the bases. Beyeler would induce a pop up from Crouse, to get the first out of the inning; then a failed squeeze attempt looked to get the Cards off the hook. An errant throw in the rundown from the catcher allowed two runs to score, giving the home team a 3-1 advantage. But as happened before, the Cardinals made short work of the lead as a Johnny Perigos' two-run homer in the top of the next inning once again tied the game, this time at 3-3. The score would remain this way until the top of the ninth inning. John Baum would take the first pitch he saw, leading off the last frame, and deposit it over the left field fence to give his team the lead. This sparked the Cardinal offense, and they would add two more insurance runs courtesy of back to back hits from Perigos, and Raphael Hanzi, and a big error on the first baseman. Tobias Imboden picked up his first career save, working a perfect 1-2-3 ninth to seal the win at 6-3.

Josh Crouse and Tobias Imboden were the starters for game two, and both would run into trouble in the first inning. Leadoff man Samuel Paulino reached on an infield single, Raphael Hanzi laced a double to left, and back to back singles from Perigos and Rudy Vargas sent the Cards out to an early 4-0 lead. Imbodens first inning of the game, wasn't like his last in game one. He would have trouble pitching to the strike zone, walking two, and allowing two hits and two runs. Imoboden worked his way into the game after this rough start, allowing no more runs, and no more baserunners for the next three innings. Crouse on the other hand, ran into more problems in the third inning, as three consecutive singles from Alex Cruz Tifa, Hanzi, and Perigos scored two more for the Cardinals. With the score at 6-2, Baum made the move to Hanzi on the mound, he too would have trouble with the strike zone, and would also allow three hits and three runs in the inning. With the score at 6-5, Baum relieved Hanzi in the sixth inning, and would retire the side in order. The Cards then jumped on relief pitcher Chris Byrnes for three runs in the seventh, hits from Cruz Tifa, Hanzis' third hit, and second double; Huber, and a Ronnie Zimmermann double doing the damage. Baum came back out to convert the save in the seventh, allowing three hits, and no runs thanks to a pickoff at second base, ending the game at 9-5. The Cards next games are at home on June 6, vs. the Challengers.