Perhaps wondering if the Cardinals would ever score a run again, you could see the stress build last night on Chris Carpenter's face and in his results.
Carpenter was brilliant for three innings. He mowed down Astros hitters effortlessly and was economizing his pitches to the point that it looked like he was prepared to carry the whole team on his back by pitching a complete game.
Things didn't look much different in the fourth as Carpenter started the inning off with a grounder to right fielder -- I mean second baseman -- Skip Schumaker who was unable to handle the play and made his 15th error of the season. The next batter hit a soft flair to centerfield and Carpenter's margin for error was gone. Hunter Pence came up and hit a long fly ball to centerfield toward Tal's Hill with Colby Rasmus in pursuit. But as Rasmus neared the foot of the hill, he seemed to slow down and the ball landed safely for a two-run triple. The flood gates were opened and it was obvious the Redbirds offense, with these days is more impotent than a Nevada boxing commissioner, wasn't going to put up a fight.
Colby Rasmus chases a triple in the fourth inning Tuesday against the Astros. The ball got over his head and nearly hit the base of the flagpole 435 feet away after it rolled up Tal's Hill. AP photo.
They managed three hits in the game, giving the Cardinals five total in their last two games. This team-wide self pity party is getting pretty disgusting. Why don't the players just admit they don't care anymore. The team can refund ticket holders' money and keep the payroll and everyone would be happy?
Cardinals Star of the Game: Carpenter pitched seven innings and allowed three runs -- two earned -- on six hits.
Cardinals Play of the Game: Catcher Yadier Molina threw out Michael Bourne trying to steal in the first. Hey, it's something.
Lowlight: Everything that has happened in the last two weeks.