Cardinals remain loose during crunch time rain delay

Cardinals remain loose during crunch time rain delay

ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 17: Members of the grounds crew remove the tarp on the field after a lengthy rain delay that started in the bottom of the seventh inning between the St. Louis Cardinals and the San Francisco Giants in Game Three of the National League Championship Series at Busch Stadium on October 17, 2012 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

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by Doug Vaughn / BaseballSTL

KMOV.com

Posted on October 18, 2012 at 10:41 AM

Updated Thursday, Oct 18 at 11:15 AM

(BaseballSTL) -- During Wednesday night’s three-hour rain delay, the Cardinals killed time in their locker room singing, among other things.

Kyle Lohse told me Thursday morning that Chris Carpenter was performing Eminem songs for his teammates in his distinctive, raspy voice. Hard to imagine Carpenter spittin’ rhymes, but that’s what he was doing.

Jake Westbrook also sang some tunes in the clubhouse, mostly country. We already knew that this Cardinals team doesn’t get rattled in high pressure situations. It’s also clear they’re an extremely loose bunch during a long rain delay while leading a close game in the 7th inning.

 

Lohse picked up the victory in game 3 against the Giants despite having what he says was one of the worst games of the season with his command. Lohse allowed 12 base runners in 5 2/3 innings. He was helped out by a couple of inning-ending double plays.

Even without his best stuff, Lohse was able to deliver a performance that helped the Cardinals take the lead in the series.

Should the NLCS go the full seven games, he’ll be able to pitch that final game. That would help Mike Matheny sleep a little easier after game six.

 

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