It wasn't exactly 18 scoreless innings in a row like last Saturday. But the Birds' 2-0 loss to the Giants Saturday sure seemed like it. The way things were going for the Cardinals offense, it probably would have taken them another nine to push a run across.
The Cardinals have the uncanny ability to make has been or never was pitchers look like world beaters. But Barry Zito was on his way back before the Redbirds made it to town. He finally looks like the player that Giants expected when they handed him a nine-figure contract.
Colby Rasmus and Skip Schumaker got the night off against the tough lefty. Felipe Lopez made his first start in five days because of a sore pitching... I mean throwing... elbow. And Allen Craig made the start in right field with Ryan Ludwick sliding over to center.
Cardinals shortstop Brendan Ryan robs Giants starter Barry Zito of a hit in the fifth inning Saturday. Zito didn't get the hit. But he got the win, leading the Giants to a 2-0 decision over St. Louis. AP photo.
Albert Pujols continued his worrisome strikeout streak. As Rick Ankiel was dismissing the problem in the sixth inning, saying that Pujols was swinging at pitches out of the strike zone, not being beaten with pitches over the plate, Albert waved weakly at an 87 mile an hour hanger over the middle of the plate. Then he took strike three and got into a heated argument with the home plate umpire.
The loss marked the first time this season that the Redbirds will lose a series. They stand at 5-1 in series this year.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Adam Wainwright didn't deserve to lose. He threw eight innings and the only two runs he allowed were in his last frame. But the Cardinals batters weren't able to help him out at all.
Cardinals Play of the Game: Brendan Ryan Robbed Zito of a base hit in the fifth inning when he made a ranging play to his left, dove to stab the ball and got up to throw out the runner in one fluid motion.
Lowlight: Albert Pujols seems no closer to finding his way out of his hitting funk. He wore the collar again on an 0-for-4 night and his batting average dropped to .275.