Morning headlines: Friday, October 21, 2011
Cardinals lose Game 2 of World Series
The Texas Rangers rallied against the Cardinals’ bullpen last night to win Game 2 of the World Series 2-1 at Busch Stadium.
Both starters Jaime Garcia and the Rangers’ Colby Lewis matched zeroes for the first six frames before Allen Craig’s pinch-single broke the ice. Cards closer Jason Motte was called on to protect the Cards’ 1-0 lead. He’s been hot, with five postseason saves, but was tagged with the loss in this one.
In the locker room following the game, Cardinals Outfielder Jon Jay told reporters that it was a tough loss for the team, but he still likes their chances.
“Yeah, we just got beat. Colby Lewis did a great job setting the tone for them," Jon Jay said. "Jaime did a great job for us too, but we weren’t able to get those 27 outs. It’s tough to swallow, but every game is tough to swallow that you lose. We’re going to have a positive attitude when we come back and see what happens.”
The World Series resumes in Texas for tomorrow night’s Game 3. The scheduled pitchers for Game 3 are Kyle Lohse for the Cards against Derek Holland of Texas.
Eads Bridge closed for construction this weekend
St. Louis-area drivers who need to cross the Mississippi River could face some headaches this weekend. The Eads Bridge will close for construction work at 8 p.m. this evening and remain closed until 3 a.m. Monday.
Meanwhile, two eastbound lanes of the Poplar Street Bridge also will be closed.
The bridge closing will also affect MetroLink light rail service. MetroLink passengers will take a bus between the Arch-Laclede's Landing station and the Fifth and Missouri station in East St. Louis, Ill.
The Missouri Department of Transportation will also close all lanes of eastbound Interstate 64 from Jefferson Avenue to Sixth Street in St. Louis from 8 p.m. tonight to 5 a.m. Monday.
Army Corps to build Southeast, Mo. levee higher than originally scheduled
The Army Corps of Engineers now plans to rebuild the Birds Point levee in southeast Missouri to 55 feet,four feet higher than originally scheduled.
The decision announced Thursday comes amid concerns raised by residents in the area of the levee, which was intentionally breached in May to relieve flooding pressure on the Mississippi River. The corps says it still hopes to eventually rebuild the levee to 62.5 feet - its height before the explosion. However, there is currently no federal money available to get to that height.
The levee is part of a floodway designed to be breached in cases of extreme flooding. Other floodways also were opened in Louisiana during the flood, which was among the worst ever along the lower Mississippi River.