The St. Louis Cardinals new-look offense hasn't been able to find first gear two games into the 2014 season.
The Redbirds lost to the Cincinnati Reds after a long rain delay Wednesday night, failing to score and subsequently wasting a brilliant start from young hurler Michael Wacha.
The Cardinals held the Reds scoreless until the bottom of the ninth inning. After pitching a quiet eighth inning, St. Louis reliever Carlos Martinez gave up a lead-off hit to former Redbird Ryan Ludwick in the ninth. It all went downhill from there.
Todd Frazier singled to put runners at second and third and then Zack Cozart bunted to move up the runners. Brayan Pena was intentionally walked. Chris Heisey singled to knock in the winning run.
The Cardinals had a chance to score in the top of the ninth when Allen Craig reached on an error and Yadier Molina walked to put two on and two out for Matt Adams. But Adams struck out to keep the Birds off the scoreboard.
St. Louis hitters struck out 12 times during the game. They've managed only eight hits in their first 18 innings of play.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Wacha pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings and allowed three hits. He struck out seven and walked none.
Cardinals Play of the Game: In the fourth inning Wacha got into a jam after a single, a batter hit by a pitch and a walk. But he was able to bear down and retire Cozart with the bases loaded to end the threat.
Lowlight: The Cardinals starting rotation has an ERA of 0.00 through two contests but the club has a 1-1 record thanks to an average of half a run scored a game.