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Cardinals @ Pirates, May 8

Six inings pitched, seven hits, two walks and on run allowed by Jaime Garcia... And he gets the loss...


The Cardinals were completely shut down by another crummy starter with an ERA north of six in a 2-0 defeat at the hands of the mighty Pittsburgh Pirates. I say shut down, but not shut out. As the result of an absolutely horrible call, the Birds' lone run of the game was wiped out when Ryan Ludwick was called out 10 feet up the third baseline from home plate.

Pittsburgh's catcher swiped at Ludwick -- but missed by a foot -- then had the audacity to show the umpire he had the ball and the ump bought it. Of course, he left himself no choice but to guess because he didn't move off the plate and was completely screened by the catcher.

As Whitey Herzog says, "Thank God the umpires only have two choices."

The Cardinals on Sunday will try to avoid a 2-5 road trip that started off so promisingly with a win -- and then went straight down the tubes.

Cardinals Star of the Game: Garcia

Cardinals Play of the Game: After Colby Rasmus was unable to hang onto a ball in deep centerfield to give the Pirates men on second and third with two outs, Garcia did a great job of keeping his composure and coming back to end the inning without further damage.

Lowlight: The complete lack of offense, undisciplined at bats and void of focus.