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Ankiel and Cardinals aim for sweep of Reds

Sep 2, 2007 - 2:38 PM Cincinnati (62-74) at St Louis (66-66) 2:15 pm EDT

ST. LOUIS (Ticker) - Rick Ankiel looks to continue his hot hitting and lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a three-game sweep of the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday.

Ankiel, who hit his first career grand slam on Friday, drove in three more runs and Yadier Molina homered as the Cardinals posted an 11-3 victory on Saturday.

The Cardinals (66-66), who have won eight of their last 12 games, are one-half game behind the Milwaukee Brewers (68-67) and two games behind the first-place Chicago Cubs (69-65) in the National League Central.

Ankiel has been a key reason for St. Louis' success, hitting .481 (13-for-27) with nine RBI in his last six games.

Braden Looper (11-10, 4.66 ERA), who has pitched at least six innings in each of his last five starts, looks to draw the Cardinals closer to the Cubs. On Tuesday, Looper held the Houston Astros to four hits in seven strong innings of a 7-0 win.

Meanwhile, Cincinnati, which lost for just the third time in its last 11 games, sends Bronson Arroyo (7-13, 4.44) to the mound. Arroyo allowed one run and six hits in six innings, but did not factor into in a 3-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday.








  • NL
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    CINCINNATI 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 9 0
    ST LOUIS 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 x 3 8 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: CIN - BRONSON ARROYO, BILL BRAY (7TH) AND DAVID ROSS, JAVIER
    VALENTIN (8TH)
    STL - BRADEN LOOPER, RYAN FRANKLIN (8TH), JASON
    ISRINGHAUSEN (9TH) AND GARY BENNETT, YA

    Sep 2 4:52 PM


  • NL
    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY NORRIS HOPPER SCORED ADAM DUNN.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, S HATTEBERG ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 2
    ST LOUIS 3 TOP, 9TH
    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: J VALENTIN (.286, 0-FOR-1)

    Reds vs. CardinalsSep 2 4:46 PM
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    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JEFF KEPPINGER SCORED ALEX GONZALEZ.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J KEPPINGER ON FIRST, J HAMILTON ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 1
    ST LOUIS 3 TOP, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: K GRIFFEY JR (.286, 0-FOR-3)

    Reds vs. CardinalsSep 2 4:22 PM


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    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY RICK ANKIEL SCORED BRENDAN RYAN.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, NONE ON, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 0
    ST LOUIS 3 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: R LUDWICK (.251, 2-FOR-2, BB)

    Reds vs. CardinalsSep 2 4:09 PM


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    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY AARON MILES SCORED RYAN LUDWICK.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, A MILES ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 0
    ST LOUIS 2 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: G BENNETT (.232, 1-FOR-2)

    Reds vs. CardinalsSep 2 3:51 PM


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    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY RICK ANKIEL (6) TO RIGHT WITH 0 OUT IN THE
    6TH OFF BRONSON ARROYO.
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 0, ST LOUIS 1
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: R LUDWICK (.248, 1-FOR-1, BB)

    Reds vs. CardinalsSep 2 3:45 PM
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