The View From the Cheap Seats Failure to Hit a Fly Ball With a Runner on Third and Less Than Two Outs Award goes to Felipe Lopez who couldn't manage after Nick Stavinoha hit a pinch lead-off double in the eighth and then pinch runner Randy Winn was sacrificed to third by Brendan Ryan.
Ah, what's the big deal? It was only the potential tying tally and the Cardinals formidable offense had already blessed starting pitcher Jaime Garcia -- who pitched seven innings and allowed two runs on five hits and a walk -- with ONE WHOLE RUN. I say Garcia is to blame for the loss. Why can't he just pitch nine shutout innings, anyway? Garcia is 6-3 with the second lowest ERA in the majors.
For some reason the St. Louis offense abandoned the patient approach it took in the two previous games of the series -- both wins -- and adopted its previous if I swing at the first pitch I can probably go sit down faster MO instead. It irritates me enough when the Birds don't take their opportunity to see a few pitches from an unfamiliar hurler so they have a better clue of what to expect. But it adds a whole new layer of irritation when it's in the 90s and humid as all get out and you rush your pitcher back to the hill as soon as possible after giving the other guy a stroll in the park.
Cardinals Star of the Game: David Freese was 3-for-4 to raise his batting average to a team leading .318 mark.
Cardinals Play of the Game: Ryan Ludwick managed to hit an elusive sacrifice fly in the fourth inning to plate Albert Pujols for the Redbirds only run of the game.
Lowlight: So much for the new batting order. Felipe Lopez and Matt Holliday posted a combined 0-for-8 on the night in the top two spots of the batting order.
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