Embattled Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez showed up and played Wednesday night. But, unfortunately, the Cardinals offense was once again missing in action.
St. Louis managed only six hits in a 5-1 loss to the Fish and another good start by rookie Jaime Garcia was wasted. When the Redbirds had men on base in the game, their two most reliable RBI batsmen, Albert Pujols and Yadier Molina both grounded into double plays.
Garcia hurled five innings before being pulled with a high pitch count. He seemed to be trying to be too fine, walking four Marlins while striking out six. But you can't really blame the guy when his offense -- and his defense -- has done so little to help him out. Skip Schumaker botched another grounder at second base in the first inning with two outs. Then shortstop Felipe Lopez was unable to convert a challenging but makable play. Between the two miscues, Garcia was forced to throw about a dozen pitches he shouldn't have had to make in just the first inning.
The game was a scoreless tie when Garcia left the game... And then the bullpen made its appearance.
Blake Hawksworth gave up four earned runs on five hits and a walk in two innings pitched that included a pair of long home runs surrendered.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Garcia.
Cardinals Play of the Game: After a pair of bad defensive plays in the first inning and a walk to Dan Uggla, Garcia struck out Cody Ross to complete the fanning of the side for the Marlins.
Lowlight: In addition to some more shaky defense, Schumaker was 0-for-3 to fall back to .231 in the batting average department.