I'm just saying... If Felipe Lopez was never born the Cardinals would have won Tuesday's game against the Brewers by a 2-1 margin.
But, alas, he was. And while starting pitcher Jaime Garcia was able to pitch around two botched double plays, the third one was the killer. The Birds gave up three unearned runs thanks to Lopez's glove of tin... And, besides Albert Pujols' 397th career homer, the offense could do little else. The Redbirds ended up losing a lackluster game 3-2.
Lopez got the easiest of grounders with one out and one on in the second inning -- and threw the ball into right field to give Milwaukee runners at second and third with one out instead of the inning being over. Garcia walked the seventh place hitter intentionally before whiffing the eighth hitter and pitcher Dave Bush to end the threat.
Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols reacts after hitting his 31st homer of the year Tuesday against Milwaukee. AP photo.
In the third the Brewers had two on and no one out when Lopez coaxed a grounder hit right to Lopez as he stood two steps from third base. Seeming to be thinking too far ahead of himself, Lopez booted the ball and allowed the bases to be loaded with no one out. Garcia got yet another double play ball which was handled by shortstop Brendan Ryan. But a runner scored and left one man on with two outs. The next hitter, Casey Mc Gehee, homered to center and it was 3-0 in a blink.
Despite a line drive off of his hip early in the game and about 20 pitches needed to get five outs he shouldn't have had to make, Garcia pitched six innings and allowed no earned runs on five hits and three walks. He struck out six.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Ryan was 2-for-3 at the plate and in the field turned a couple of nifty plays.
Cardinals Play of the Game: Ryan dove up the middle and flipped the ball from a prone position to second baseman Skip Schumaker to start a double play that kept the Birds in the game.
Lowlight: Jon Jay was 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.