In another game my blood pressure might not have appreciated, the Cardinals managed to secure a split in the second game of the What If Sports World Series simulation between St. Louis and the Yankees.
The Cardinals were staked to a 3-0 lead with Chris Carpenter on the hill after two innings. But the Yankees broke out their hitting shoes and scored six times in the bottom of the fourth, cuffing the 2005 Cy Young Award winner for seven hits before he humiliatingly had to be relieved by Mitchell Boggs.
The Cardinals chipped away at a 7-3 deficit with a run in the seventh when Albert Pujols doubled home Skip Schumaker. Then they scored four more in the eighth -- after wiggling out of a bases loaded jam in the bottom of the seventh.
Yadier Molina doubled to start the eighth and then Mark DeRosa took strike three looking. Brendan Ryan blooped a single to left to drive home Molina and Brian Barden walked. Schumaker then strode to the plate and cranked a three-run homer over the left centerfield boards to make it 8-7 Birds.
Alex Rodriguez, Hideki Matsui and Jorge Posada went 1-2-3 in the bottom of the eighth, then Ryan Franklin redeemed his game one performance by getting Robinson Cano, Nick Swisher and Melky Cabrera in order.
2009 Cardinals 8 10 0
2009 Yankees 7 14 0
WP Kyle McClellan (1-0)
LP David Robertson (1-1)
S Ryan Franklin (1)
Series tied 1-1