I wish the Cardinals could have let me know before I bought tickets and drove nine hours round trip to see them play in Kansas City that they didn't plan to show up.
The game was an absolute stinker from beginning to end. The stink of waste opportunities hung over the stadium as soon as the Cardinals managed to turn the bases loaded with no one out and the heart of the order up in the first into one run. And it only began to fester when they stranded another pair of runners in the second for a total of five wasted opportunities in two innings...
Cardinals outfielder Randy Winn reacts after striking out in the first inning Sunday against the Royals. AP photo.
Jaime Garcia was having some problems throwing strikes from the beginning, but he didn't look bad -- until they had two outs in the second inning and he walked a pair of batters before serving up a rare home run ball. It was 3-1 in a blink and there was a feeling the Birds weren't coming back. And they didn't. When the smoke had cleared the Cardinals lost 10-3 to one of the worst teams in baseball and lost the series two games to one.
They were out-hit 15-4 with journeyman retread Bruce Chen looking more like Sandy Koufax. And when they weren't busy making outs at the plate, the Redbirds were kicking the ball around like it was the World Cup in the field.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Mitchell Boggs. He was the only St. Louis pitcher to not give up more hits than innings pitched. That's gotta count for something, right?
Cardinals Play of the Game: Matt Holliday hit a sacrifice fly in the first. I didn't know the Cardinals understood the concept of a sac fly. Maybe he should host a team meeting and explain the concept to his teammates.
Lowlight: Everything. The Cardinals might as well have left early and got a good night of sleep because they didn't show up at all Sunday. They didn't hit, the didn't field and they sure didn't pitch.