As if to prove the futility of adding pitchers but no bats to one of the weakest offensive teams in the major leagues, the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday thoroughly wasted ace Adam Wainwright's start against the Miami Marlins.
Not only did the Redbirds not dent the plate. They didn't even seriously threaten to until the ninth inning. But, even then, the effort was futile and St. Louis fell back to six games over .500 with six weeks left in the season.
Adam Wainwright fell to 14-7. He held Miami scoreless for three innings. But in the fourth he was tagged for three runs and that was all it took to decide the game.
The Cardinals could only connect for four hits on the night. Two of them went to substitute second sacker Mark Ellis who raised his batting average to .196 for the season. One went to Jon Jay who smacked a ball off the first baseman's glove and Kolten Wong collected the other to start the ill-fated rally in the ninth inning.