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|Tony La Russa lost his cool, and the Cardinals are one loss from going home.|
La Russa's argument appeared to be a cumulative matter given that none of the pitches to Berkman appeared to be close calls. La Russa approached Cuzzi after the first inning, apparently to discuss low strikes that were called, and throughout the game he had been yelling at the umpire from the dugout.
Before Game 3, La Russa cast a pre-emptive strike at Wally Bell, the plate umpire in Game 3 on Saturday, when during his pregame interview session he said he hoped that Roger Clemens wouldn't get any breaks. After the game, La Russa made certain to compliment Bell for an evenhanded effort and ended his interview session by making certain the media knew about it.
"It will be interesting to see if it's reported that I complimented Wally Bell on an outstanding game," La Russa said. "All I said yesterday was if he gives him the inches we're in trouble, and he didn't."He had a consistent strike zone for both pitchers the whole game." Edmonds was batting with a 3-1 count and a man on in the eighth when he disagreed with a high pitch that was called a strike. He was ejected and replaced by John Rodriguez, who flied to deep center, with Willy Taveras running it down just in front of the wall.