Friday, July 19, 2002
Cardinals 5, Giants 1
The Associated Press
ST. LOUIS Mike DiFelice wanted to make the San Francisco Giants pay for intentionally walking Edgar Renteria in front of him. DiFelice hit a two-run, bases-loaded single in the sixth inning to help send the St. Louis Cardinals to a 5-1 victory over the Giants on Thursday. Matt Morris allowed one run in eight innings for the Cardinals.
You have to take it a little bit personal, DiFelice said. After an intentional walk to load the bases, you're just trying to get up there and get a ball you can put in play.
Hopefully, something good happens. And that's what happened. I didn't crush the ball or anything. I just tried to make contact and the ball found a hole.
The Cardinals broke a 1-all tie with a three-run sixth. With two men on and two outs, J.D. Drew doubled in Jim Edmonds, who had walked.
You get baserunners and you do what you can, Drew said. It felt good getting that hit. I had a couple of at-bats where I was missing it just a little bit. That last swing on the hit was probably the best swing I had all day.
Jason Schmidt (5-4) intentionally walked Renteria to load the bases. DiFelice then made it 4-1 by singling home Tino Martinez and Drew on a 0-2 slider.
That was a nasty pitch, St. Louis manager Tony La Russa said. He went in there and dug it out. It definitely wasn't a mistake pitch. DiFelice, if he gets it in the strike zone, he hits it pretty hard.
I threw it where I wanted to, he said. I thought I could strike him out there. You've got to come with it. I thought it was a pretty good pitch but he was looking for it.
Morris (11-6) snapped a two-game losing streak as he struck out eight and walked one while holding the Giants to just one run.
He really pounded the ball in and out, DiFelice said. It looks like he's over the glitches he had. It's nice to see him back to the person he was.
San Francisco manager Dusty Baker said Morris is not the easiest to rally against.
He's the kind of pitcher who gets extremely tough if he gets the lead, Baker said. You don't get him early, you usually don't get him.
The Cardinals added a run in the eighth when Renteria singled off the hand of reliever Felix Rodriguez before scoring when second baseman Jeff Kent misplayed pinch-hitter Kerry Robinson's grounder. It was Kent's second error in two games.
The Cardinals have won five of six and 10 of 14. The Giants have lost just three of 10 games.
San Francisco led 1-0 in the second when David Bell doubled home Reggie Sanders. The Cardinals countered in the bottom of that inning when Renteria doubled home Martinez.
Renteria went 9-for-10 in the two-game series and 13-for-21 in his last five games.
La Russa was ejected by plate umpire Joe West in the bottom of the second, with the game tied at 1.
After being called out on strikes by West, DiFelice spoke to him as he headed back into the dugout. Morris, the next batter, also talked with West, who took off his mask.
La Russa then ran from the dugout and began arguing with West, who ejected him.
Notes: Barry Bonds sat out for the Giants. ... Baker is one victory shy of 800 with the Giants. ... The Cardinals spent only 42 hours in St. Louis on this two-game homestand. ... The start of the game was delayed 51 minutes by rain. There was an additional 45-minute delay in the third inning.
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