Cheap Seats

On this Date in Cardinals History: April 19, 1997

On this day in 1997 the Cardinals and the San Diego Padres became the first Major League Baseball teams to play regular season games in Hawaii.

The Redbirds won both games of a tight double header at Aloha Stadium, taking the first one 1-0 and the second one by a score of 2-1.

Mark Petkovsek defeated future Cardinals hurler Sterling Hitchcock in the opener and Dennis Eckersley got the save. Matt Morris started the game but left after one inning and Petkovsek had to take over. He threw six innings and allow three hits while striking out three and walking one.

Brian Jordan led the St. Louis offense with two hits in four trips to the plate.

In game two, the Cardinals scored a pair of runs in the top of the second inning when Dmitri Young led off with a triple, Mark Sweeney hit a double to drive Young home and then John Mabry hit a single to plate Sweeney.

That's all the offense that St. Louis starter Alan Benes would need. He threw a complete game in which he allowed one run on three hits and a walk.

The pair of victories allowed the Cardinals to improve to 6-10 for the season. But things never got much better and they finished the year at 73-89 thanks to a 32-49 road record.