It would be almost comical how badly the Cardinals play with Chris Carpenter on the mound -- if it weren't so sad.
Carpenter was tagged for eight hits and five runs in eight innings against Kansas City. But, while there was only one charged error, shoddy defense allowed several hits that should have happened. The Birds lost 5-4. But they should have won 4-1.
The Royals scored two runs in the second inning after Skip Schumaker took too much time trying to get in position to scoop and throw a tame grounder up the middle. They scored another run in the fifth when a double play ball turned into a big, fat nothing when Schumaker came off the bag at second base before he had the ball in his glove. In the eight the Royals, with two out in the eighth and a runner on second hit a ball through Albert Pujols to score the game winner.
If the defense wasn't bad enough, the Cardinals scored all their runs in one inning and then pretty much shut down the offense for the night. And the four-run outburst all came with two outs in the third.
The only other St. Louis threat came in the sixth inning when Daniel Descalso led off with a hit and Tyler Greene blooped a single to center to make it first and second with no outs. Carpenter tried to bunt a ball out of the strike zone and popped it back to the pitcher for a rally killing double play.
The Cardinals had a chance to pull the game out in the bottom of the ninth when Albert Pujols came to the plate with Jon Jay on first. But, after the Royals closer got behind 3-0 in the count, Pujols grounded out to third to end the game.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Lance Berkman who had three RBI
Cardinals Play of the Game: Berkman's three-run, two-out base hit.
Lowlight: The poor defense.