Last season I agonized over close losses that, if the Cardinals played just a liiiiiiiiitle bit better could have gone the other way and kept them from falling behind in the National League Central race.
Fortunately, that's not a problem this year.
It's easy to wrap one's mind around why the Redbirds lost when they're getting beaten in all areas of the game.
The Cardinals could have been leading 1-0 going into the eighth inning if not for a pair of defensive gaffes. Third baseman David Freese botched an easy double play ball with one out in the second that allowed the second mistake -- a long fly ball to right field that ticked off the end of Carlos Beltran's glove -- a key play.
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Instead of the inning being over with no damage done if either play was completed, the White Sox plated a pair of runners and led the rest of the way.
Matt Holliday scored a run in the bottom of the sixth before a double play snuffed out the only St. Louis rally. And that's all the Redbirds could muster.
But before fans could start to count the what ifs, the Pale Hose uncorked a four-run top of the eighth followed by a pair of homers off Marc Repczynski and Mitchell Boggs to put Chicago ahead 6-1 and put the game beyond question.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Adam Wainwright pitched very well, allowing only the two runs that should have never happened. The line score said seven innings, five hits and two earned runs allowed. But he really should have been charged with no runs on four hits. He struck out seven and walked two.
Cardinals Play of the Game: N/A
Lowlight: The lousy bullpen trumps the lousy defense in this one.