The Cardinals offense sputtered again on Wednesday as the Birds dropped their fourth consecutive game.
Ryan Ludwick's three-run homer was the only damage the Cardinals could do on the scoreboard, although the Redbirds came close with two outs in the ninth. Down 4-3 with Albert Pujols on first base, Yadier Molina hit a drive to the warning track that skipped over the short fence at Dodger Stadium for a ground rule double. If it would have stayed in play, Pujols would have probably tied the game. Instead, Randy Winn ended it one at bat later when grounded out to third.
Cardinals left fielder Ryan Ludwick and Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw watch Ludwick's three run homer Wednesday in Los Angeles. AP photo.
Adam Wainwright, troubled by a stingy plate umpire, gave up four runs on eight hits and five walks in six inning pitched. But it's easy to see that the starting pitchers the Cardinals have relied on up to this point are starting to buckle under the pressure of trying to be perfect because the offense just can't score.
None of the Birds' big three -- Wainwright, Chris Carpenter and Jaime Garcia -- were able to get wins during the current losing streak. While Carpenter pitched well, Wainwright and Garcia pitched a couple of their poorer games of the season.
According to ESPN this morning, the Cardinals have begun looking for pitching help outside of the organization. No word on if their looking for an impact guy or an innings eater. But it would sure help if the big guys already on the roster started to hit like we know they can. Albert Pujols was 1-for-12 in the Dodgers series while matt Holliday was 1-for-10. Colby Rasmus, who was hot before coming out of the game Sunday against the Brewers with a tight calf, pinch hit last night and may be ready to return tonight against Arizona. David Freese, who has been out since the weekend when he twisted his ankle, looks like he's going to be out a while longer judging the way he limped to the plate for a couple of pinch hitting tries against LA.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Ludwick, who nearly hit a second homer with a runner on later in the game that would have given the Birds a 5-4 lead. Despite pitcher Clayton Kershaw's theatrical reaction, the ball died at the warning track for an out.
Cardinals Play of the Game: Ludwick's three-run homer.
Lowlight: Felipe Lopez, Albert Pujols, Matt Holliday, Randy Winn, Yadier Molina and Skip Schumaker combined to go 2-for-21 in the finale.