Am I in the middle of the movie Groundhog's Day?
The Cardinals again blew a chance to gain a game on the Reds Wednesday night when the club fielded one of the lousiest excuses for an offense in recent memory. Tyler Greene, recently recalled from Class AAA, led off. Nick Stavinoha started in right. Pedro Feliz brought his .221 average to third base. Brendan Ryan has slumped back to .215 at short and Matt Pagnozzi, with six major league games under his belt prior to Wednesday, behind the plate.
But, in the end, it didn't matter. The Cardinals scored their traditional run and ended up getting bombed 7-1
Starting pitcher Jaime Garcia started off well with two shut-out innings. But, knowing he had no margin for error, the rookie lefty tried to be too perfect and buckled in the third. With two outs and Ricky Weeks at second following a walk and a stolen base, Ryan Braun hit a weak single up the middle to tie the game 1-1. Prince Fielder hit a ground rule double that barely got over the outstretched glove of centerfielder Colby Ramus, then Casey McGehee hit a weak single to left that scored two more.
Down 3-1, it was pretty obvious the game was over. But Garcia soldiered on and the fourth was like deja vu all over again. Weeks walked with two outs and a runner at first, then Corey Hart got a hit to drive in one run and Ryan Braun hit a three-run homer to clean up the mess.
At least it will all be over soon.
Cardinals pitcher Jaime Garcia throws a pitch against the Brewers Wednesday. AP photo.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Albert Pujols' solo homer in the first made him the only St. Louis hitter to score a run or drive one is.
Cardinals Player of the Game: Albert's first inning homer.
Lowlight: Everything after Albert's first inning homer.