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Devil be gone! Cardinals amped up the power at home to sweep double-header

02.07.2012
*Early lead*
After shutting out the guests at the top of the first, the Cardinals
collected multiple extra-base hits in their half-inning to command a
comfortable 12-0 lead.

*Pitching with confidence*
Not to be outshone by his bat-wielding teammates, Cardinals starting
pitcher Ryan Byrne prevented the Devils from scoring by keeping the bases
unoccupied, twice seating his guests in 1-2-3 fashion.

*2nd Inning: Taking advantage of mistakes*
Showing plate discipline, the Bernese side drew a walk with 2 outs in the
bottom of the 2nd inning to begin a sequence of events that would pad their
lead even further.  Following the walk, the Cardinals hit a pair of RBI
doubles and exploited Wil's defensive errors by advancing a runner up to
3rd on an "airmail" throw over the firstbaseman's head.  In the 2nd inning,
The Red Birds added another 13 runs to their tally.

*Top of 3rd: Devils change pitcher*
Florian Entner replaced Wil's starting pitcher in the 3rd inning.  The
right-hander with a Dickey-esque windup allowed 4 more runs to score before
the inning was over.  The third out was registered when the secondbaseman
back-peddled to shallow centerfield and caught the looping ball.

*Devils' offense*
Wil finally solved the riddle that was Bernese starting pitching and scored
2 runs.  Following a pair of base-on-balls, and surrendering a double, the
Cardinals made a pitching change.  Tobias Imboden took to the mound, but
allowed a single to the Devils which loaded up the bases.  But Wil's effort
was not enough to overcome the deficit, and the Bernese team won Game 1 of
the doubleheader on the basis of the Mercy Rule with the score of 30-2.


*Game 2:  Wood's pitching helped Devils*
Wil's starting pitcher for game two fared better than his teammate Studerus
did in game one, blanking the Cardinals for 2 innings before allowing
singles in the 3rd which ultimately helped the home team to take the lead.

*2nd Inning: Cardinals' bats silenced*
In a series that had been characterised by the explosive offence of the
home side, 2nd inning was stutter from the Red Birds' perspective.  After
the first batter, Tobias Imboden, drew a walk, the inning concluded for the
Cardinals with a strike-em-out-throw-em-out-inning-ending-double-play, as
the batter swung and miss while the runner was thrown out at 3rd base by
the catcher.

*3rd Inning: Reverting back to former roles*
The Cardinals once again took advantage of the Devils' defensive woes.  The
visiting team's frustrations were clearly seen as a routine throw from the
catcher to second base was not caught cleanly by the shortstop, allowing
the Cardinal runner to advance one base further - all the way from first to
third base.  This sequence marked the start of a pair of runs that would be
scored by the hosts.

*Mercy Rule again*
Mercy!  The home team put up more runs; 1 in the 4th, 3 in the 5th and 5
more in the 6th, to reach the total of 11 runs scored by the 7th inning,
triggering the Mercy Rule once again.


Cardinals sweep the double-header, 30-2 and 11-0.