The passion was still in the stands on Saturday, but it evaporated on the field as the Cardinals were embarrassed by the Reds in front of the home crowd at Busch Stadium by a 6-1 score.
The crowd got its booing in when Brandon Phillips made his way to the plate. And there were some special bleacher jeers for a jerky Cincinnati fan in the bleachers who had a variety of rude signs, the least popular of which was one that told Phillips not to worry because "we hate the Cardinals, too." nice.
The Birds got off to a terrible start when Aaron Miles let an easy double play ball get past him in the first. Instead of the inning being over and Adam Wainwright walking to the bench after an eight pitch inning, suddenly the Reds had runners at second and third with one out and the heart of the order at the plate. Cincinnati got three runs when left fielder Matt Holliday couldn't quite run down a fly ball in the left centerfield gap.
Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols catches a pop up in the sixth inning Saturday against the Reds. AP photo.
Miles led off the bottom of the first and atoned for his defensive miscue (not) by striking out looking. Jon Jay hit a single and then went to third on an errant pickoff throw putting Albert Pujols in position to hit a sacrifice fly to get the Redbirds on the board. Instead, he extended his 0-for-18 slump with a pop up to first base. Matt Holliday singled off the glove of Scott Rolen to pick up Pujols and put the Birds on the board. But, unfortunately, that was all of the offense for the home team.
The Reds added runs in the second, fourth and ninth innings -- the most annoying of which was a solo homer off the bat of pitcher Travis Wood.
Adam Wainwright, who again had to get many more outs than his line score would seem to indicate, officially pitched five innings and allowed five hits and two earned runs. He struck out six but took another loss.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Matt Holliday accounted for 1/3 of the Cardinals' hits with a 2-for-4 day.
Cardinals Play of the Game: Holliday's first inning RBI.
Lowlight: The Cardinals aren't going to win many games by scoring one run. If you don't believe me, look at their place in the standings.