This second round matchup is the #21 St. Louis Cardinals, whom beat the #22 Oakland A’s in the first round and the #14 San Diego Padres. Winner of this series will move onto face the #3 Los Angeles Dodgers. The St. Louis Cardinals finished the regular season at 69-93 good for 5th in the NL East and the Padres finished 84-78 which was 4th in the NL West. The Cardinals send John Denny (14-11 2.96 Grade 14) to the mound versus veteran Gaylord Perry (21-6 2.73 Grade 15). This matchup screams pitching duel and that is exactly what we got as both starters went 9 innings only allowing 1 run. The Padres got a run off Denny in the first via RBI single from Dave Winfield, while the Cards scratched a run off Perry in the 3rd. The game would go extras as the bullpens would come into play. This is San Diego’s strong suit and it pays off as the Padres hold the Cardinals scoreless for 2 more innings. In the bottom of the 11th Jerry Turner would hit a 3 run homer off Cardinals Mark Littell. Great ending to a great game. Important victory for the Padres as they lead the series 1-0.
Final Score: Padres 4, Cardinals 1
WP: John D’Acquisto (1-0)
LP: Mark Littell (0-1)
HR: San Diego – Jerry Turner (1)