The idea when the St. Louis Cardinals added the element of speed and deducted the best power hitter from their line-up it was supposed to make their offense more diverse.
But they managed to score only one run Sunday against the Pittsburgh Pirates, wasting a solid start from ace Adam Wainwright.
The Cardinals have been terrible in the first part of the season at doing anything to manufacture runs. They strike out too much, with another seven whiffs in the finale against the Bucs, and when they do manage to get someone on base, they can't move them around and plate them.
Entering the game with a .200 team batting average, the Cardinals batted .186 as a team on Sunday, collecting only three hits. Their hitters went to the plate like they didn't have a plan and they made things far too easy on Pittsburgh starter Edinson Volquez who has been a fringe major league player for the last couple of years and was pounded in spring training.
Wainwright allowed five hits over seven innings and pitched to a 1-1 tie until the seventh when he walked Pedro Alvarez, struck out the next two hitters and then allowed what turned out to be a game-winning double to Sanchez that scored Alvarez all the way from first base.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Wainwright
Cardinals Play of the Game: Jon Jay, filling in for starting centerfielder Peter Bourjos who hasn't collected a hit yet this season, drove in the only St. Louis run of the game.
Lowlight: The Cardinals have managed to score two runs for Adam Wainwright in the 14 innings he has pitched over two starts. He's got a 1.29 ERA but only a 1-1 record.