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CARDS COME UP SHORT IN BID TO QUALIFY FOR EUROPEAN "A" POOL QUALIFICATION; LOSE 9-6, AND 7-3 TO TEMPLIERS SENART

John Baum 01.10.2009
The Cardinals came up just short against a French team they felt they had a very good chance to beat. Game one, the Cards outhit their opponent 12-8, but were the victim of 11 walks given up by the combined three pitchers used. Unfortunately for them, John Baum strained a muscle in his ribcage, and was unable to be his usual affective self on the mound. He went 5 2/3 innings, allowing only five hits, while striking out seven batters. The problem came when he was unable to find the strikezone, as seven walks were issued. After getting behind early, the Cards battled back twice to make a game of it, but to no avail. At the end they found themselves on the wrong end of a 9-6 scoreline! http://competition.baseballeurope.com/2009/paris/games/game1.htm
Andrea Girasole took the hill in game two; he would work into the eighth inning before he was relieved. Andrea allowed only three runs in the first seven innings before tiring a bit in the eighth. Things could have been differant, as time and time again the Cards weren't able to execute, leaving runners stranded, along with overaggressive baserunning costing them dearly. In the bottom of the seventh, with the score tied at 3-3, the Cardinals first two hitters reached safely with no outs. A bunt attempt was then popped up and caught by the pitcher; the Cards baserunners, looking to make something happen, were caught far off base. An errant throw to second which allowed that runner to be safe was the only thing stopping a triple play, as the runner at first was still out easily 1-4-3. The eighth inning for the French started with a hard hit ball that the shortstop couldnt handle, allowing the leadoff hitter to reach. This opened an opportunity that Senart would not let pass, as they connected on four hits, and were also issued two walks, eventually putting four runs on the board. With the score at 7-3, the Cards were unable to mount a comeback, and would fall to the same score of 7-3.  http://competition.baseballeurope.com/2009/paris/games/game2.htm