The Cardinals may have cut back the payroll over the last couple of years. But their postage bill must be outrageous.
They mailed it against the Cubs -- again -- Wednesday night to be swept at home by the Wee Bears for the first time since 1988.
Starter Chris Carpenter tried to carry the team on his shoulders for as long as he could, nursing a 2-1 lead into the seventh inning. But he allowed a leadoff double and then Xavier Nady tapped a ball toward the world's worst third baseman, Felipe Lopez, who did a breathtaking pirouette and flopped to the ground without recording an out. With runners at first and third, Carpenter struck out Alfonso Soriano for the first out and had two strikes on Tyler Colvin -- then he hung a curveball that was deposited over the wall for a three-run
Cardinals starter Chris Carpenter reacts to giving up a go ahead home run in the seventh inning of Thursday's game against the Cubs. AP photo.
And that was that.
Of course, anyone could tell the game was over long before that. In the second inning the Cardinals loaded the bases with no one out and failed to score when Brendan Ryan hit a line drive right to the Chicago right fielder and Colby Rasmus was held at third base. Carpenter then came to the plate and grounded into an inning ending double play.
It was another stunning display of ineptitude beyond the capability of most kindergarten tee ball teams.
Cardinals Star of the Game: N/A
Cardinals Play of the Game: N/A
Lowlight: Lopez's horrible defense.