No one can complain about the St. Louis Cardinals’ overall record.
But it is perplexing that a team which is so good at home is so mediocre on the road.
The Redbirds’ 3-1 loss to the Twins in Minnesota Wednesday night left St. Louis with a 17-15 record away from Busch Stadium. At home they are a league best 26-7.
Young starter Carlos Martinez struggled Wednesday night, seemingly having difficulty finding a repeatable delivery. On several deliveries he seemed to fall off the mound in his follow through ala Mitch “Wild Thing” Williams.
Despite his inconsistencies, Martinez remained his composure and allowed only one earned run on five hits in 6 2/3 innings.
Unfortunately, Martinez made an errant throw to first base on an ill-advised pickoff play. That led to another, unearned run. That turned out to be the difference in the game.
The Cardinals had several opportunities to score more runs and couldn’t come through. They were 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position.
In the second inning St. Louis had runners on first and third with one out and a chance to break the game open. But Peter Bourjos and Pete Kozma both struck out looking to end the threat.
In the fourth, Jason Heyward led off with one of his two hits in the contest. But Bourjos killed a second rally by hitting into a double play.