Where has the offense gone?
The Cardinals were scoring runs in bunches. But suddenly they are having problems stringing hits together against the depleted Padres pitching staff. They had only five hits on Thursday. On Friday they whiffed in double figres while failing to score a run.
That being said, the Birds were in the game the whole way and missed by an eyelash on several scoring chances. The Cardinals hit three balls that missed by a few feet from being over the wall and another that the Padres right fielder laid out for that may have been an inside the park home run if it was beyond his reach.
The Cardinals saw an early rally killed when, with two men on base, Albert Pujols stole second and Brendan Ryan didn't go to third. AP photo.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Not much to write home about. Both the offense and the pitching were unspectacular. With how well the Cardinals have played lately, it's hard to complain about one bad game. So let's hope for better with Chris Carpenter on the hill Saturday.
Lowlight: Kyle Lohse's 2009 woes continue. He struggled all night long, getting tagged for a three-run homer among four hits and two walks in four innings pitched. He singled with two outs in the top of the fifth, as it looked like he may finally have been settling in, and apparently pulled a groin muscle as he ran down to first base.