The Tuesday Morning Rush for October 2, 2012

Reds lose while Cards move closer to clinch

ST LOUIS - It's Tuesday October 2, 2012:

THE SETTING: I'm sitting on the fourth floor of a hotel directly across from Busch Stadium as the sun starts to shine on St. Louis. Just below me, the MetroLink trains arrive every few minutes, bringing in workers from the suburbs. This is the kind of thing I would take if they had one in Cincinnati. It dumps fans directly in front of the stadium. I'm not sure I'd use a street car that shuffles people around the downtown, but I'd sure use a rail system that transported me into and out of the city.

CARDS 4  REDS 2: Jaime Garcia pitched and hit the Cardinals over the Reds.  He hit a home run against Bronson Arroyo in the fourth and he pitched into the seventh inning.

HE OWNS BRONSON: Garcia was 4-4 at the plate against Arroyo prior to Monday's home run. Later Arroyo did get him out.

QUOTING BRONSON ARROYO: "a loss is a loss. It sits there on the back of my baseball card till I die."

COMING BACK: Dusty Baker was back in the dugout and Ryan Ludwick was back on the field.

P&C: Dusty didn't expect to use Arroyo deep into the game regardless of the circumstances. He wanted Alfredo Simon and J.J Hoover to get some work. "It's about preservation and conservation" said the Reds skipper.

KEEP THAT ON ICE: Two hours after the game ended, the Cardinals were still at the ballpark, hoping to celebrate their clinch of a Wild Card berth.  But it didn't happen.  The Dodgers rallied to beat the Giants in the bottom of the ninth inning, so the Dodgers stayed alive.  If the Cards win Tuesday or the Dodgers lose, the Cardinals clinch the second wild card berth in the National League.

HOT CARDS: St Louis is a team that you might not want to play anytime soon.  They've won 11 times in their last 14 games.

TUESDAY: It's Mat Latos (13-4) against Chris Carpenter (0-1)

STILL IN PLAY: The Reds and Washington Nationals are tied for the top seed in the National League.  Both have records of 96-64. While the Reds were losing to the Cardinals, the Nats were losing to the Phillies 2-0.  The Nats send 21-game winner Gio Gonzalez against the Phils tonight.

NL EAST: Even though Washington lost on Monday night, the Nationals still clinched the NL Eastern division because Atlanta was losing to Pittsburgh.

AL CENTRAL: The Detroit Tigers won the AL Central Division with a 6-3 victory over the Royals. It's the second straight division win for the Tigers, who took advantage of a Chicago White Sox collapse down the stretch.

MAKING HISTORY: Miguel Cabrera went 4-5 with his 44th home run in the Tigers victory. So now he leads the American League in home runs, batting average and runs batted in. He can become the first American League to win the Triple Crown since Yaz did it in 1967.

AL EAST: The Yankees have a one game lead in the division with two games to play.  The Yanks beat the Red Sox 10-2, while Baltimore was falling to Tampa Bay 5-3.

AL WEST: This division is still unsettled. Oakland beat Texas 4-3 Monday night, so the A's trail the Rangers by one game in the West.

HOWEVER: Oakland did clinch a Wild Card spot with its victory Monday night. Their clinching eliminated the Angels and Rays from wild card competition.

IS THAT CLEAR? I've tried to explain all this division and wild card stuff to my wife and and it's not easy for a passive sports fan to understand. She just wants to know where I'm going next.

BEARS 34 COWBOYS 18: Another poor performance from Dallas.  Tony Romo threw five interceptions.

HONOR ROLL: Congratulations to Zac Dysert of Miami, who was named MAC East Offensive Player of the Week. I'd hope so. He threw six touchdown passes for 516 yards and ran for 108 yards in the Redhawks 56-49 victory over Akron.

DISHONOR ROLL: Former Ohio State great Jim Stillwagon was arrested for chasing a pickup truck on his motorcycle and firing shots from a handgun. He grazed the head of the guy he was chasing. Jim was a middle guard on Ohio State's national championship team in 1968.

THIS DATE IN SPORTS: It was October 2, 1994 that Don Shula's Miami Dolphins beat Dave Shula's Cincinnati Bengals 23-7.  It was the first meeting of father and son coaches in professional sports. That seems like a long time ago.

Have a Terrific Tuesday...

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