Whew. That one stunk to high Heaven.
The Cardinals settled in to a comfy 1-4 record on their homestand against the third place Brewers and the fourth place Cubs with a 3-2 clunker that made Milwaukee starter Randy Wolf look like a regular Bud Norris.
Wolf, a much traveled lefty who has struggled to stay around the .500 mark this season in Miller country, pitched a three-hit shutout going into the ninth when, predictably, the Cardinals rallied from a 3-0 deficit to load the bases with two outs in and the score 3-2... Only to have Brendan Ryan strike out on three straight pitches to make fans in the full house wish they hadn't burned a vacation day.
Cardinals shortstop Brendan Ryan Reacts to striking out in the ninth inning with two outs, the bases loaded and his team down 3-2. AP photo.
St. Louis starter Adam Wainwright lost his first game at home this season (11-1). He left after seven innings pitched with three runs allowed on seven hits and a walk. He struck out seven and got his pitch count up quickly, spelling an early end to his afternoon.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Wainwright wasn't at his best. But he was the best Cardinals player on this day.
Cardinals Play of the Game: Matt Holliday doubled in the ninth to drive home the Cardinals' first run.
Lowlight: Ryan's strikeout to end the game.