4:45 p.m.- I arrive at the stadium, set down my belongings and head down the the field to talk to some players.
5:10 p.m.- Ryan Ludwick shares his feelings on having such a tremendous year individually, but struggling down the stretch. "It's hard knowing I hit .160-something this month," he said. "We're still out here playing every day though."
5:25 p.m.- The mood is pretty clear: these guys still want to go out and win games. Even though they were mathematically eliminated once the 8th inning hit, they wanted to keep fighting until the end.
6:57 p.m.- Cardinals GM John Mozeliak walks into the press box to speak with a couple reporters. Instead of giving you the 10-minute transcript, here's the short version: Chris Carpenter is going to have shoulder surgery.
7:14 p.m.- Lohse's first pitch is in there for a strike to Stephen Drew.
7:16 p.m.- Drew keeps his hot series going with a single. He went 3-for-4 with a HR last night.
7:24 p.m.- After a single and intentional walk, Lohse gets two outs with the bases loaded to exit the first unscathed.
7:28 p.m.- Cesar Izturis steals second base for his 23rd of the year.
7:32 p.m.- Man, they're getting after Johnson early! He's given up three singles in a row, as well as Albert Pujols' 107th RBI.
7:37 p.m.- Bombs away. Ryan Ludwick hits his 35th home run of the season to put the Redbirds ahead 4-0. He absolutely tatooed that ball.
7:43 p.m.- Lohse breezed through that inning, 1-2-3.
7:46 p.m.- Johnson recovers with a 1-2-3 inning of his own.
7:52 p.m.- Conor Jackson singles to break up Lohse's streak of 7 straight sat down.
7:55 p.m.- Dunn crushes it, but Ludwick makes the grab two feet in front of the wall.
8:00 p.m.- Another 1-2-3 inning for Johnson after getting thrashed in the first.
8:03 p.m.- A blooper drops in for Justin Upton who winds up on second to leadoff the inning. Can the Diamondbacks capitalize on it?
8:04 p.m.- Well, I guess that answers the question. Chris Young unloads on the first pitch from Lohse to make the score 4-2.
8:13 p.m.- Johnson has just sat down his 10th straight man, this dude is straight up dealin'.
8:16 p.m.- Jackson breaks another Lohse retired streak, this time it was five in a row.
8:18 p.m.- With the Cards' D in a crazy shift, Dunn does what he does best, strikes out.
8:24 p.m.- Lohse sprints down the line for an infield single.
8:29 p.m.- Felipe Lopez drives in Lohse to spread the gap to 5-2.
8:32 p.m.- Pujols gets intentionally walked to a chorus of boos, but it's his 100th walk of the year.
8:41 p.m.- Montero hits a monster shot off Lohse on a 2-0 count. They are announcing it went 414 feet!
8:43 p.m.- That might just be one of Lopez's best fielding plays of his career! He dove to his right, spun, and came up throwing from his butt to get the speedy Eckstein at first!
8:51 p.m.- Josh Phelps pinch-hits for Lohse, but has his liner snagged by Eckstein to end the frame.
8:54 p.m.- Wholesale changes: Jason Motte comes into pitch for the Cards, Skip Schumaker to CF, Ludwick to RF, and Salazar pinch-hits for Johnson.
8:59 p.m.- Motte, the former catcher, strikes out Ojeda to end the 7th. He reached 98 on the stadium gun, damn!
9:02 p.m.- Well, it's official. The Mets won, and the Cardinals are mathematically eliminated from the playoffs.
9:06 p.m.- Great diving play by Jackson to rob LaRue of a single. John Rauch, the 6'10" reliever takes over for the 6'10" Johnson.
9:08 p.m.- Pujols drives in Izturis on a single to left field. That's three straight singles off Rauch.
9:14 p.m.- Ludwick strikes out on a hit and run, Pujols is stranded between second and third.
9:23 p.m.- Chris Perez enters the game for Ron Villone and gets loose with a wild pitch.
9:27 p.m.- Ludwick makes an excellent grab, but the run scores to make it 7-4.
9:43 p.m.- Franklin strikes out Drew to end the game. 2 hours and 29 minutes in the official time.
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