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Cardinals vs. Astros, May 12

The Cardinals just keep getting harder to watch. They should be feasting on the weak hitting Astros. But, instead, they're the cure for what ails last place Houston.

Houston entered the Wednesday game with one starter hitting higher than .260. Then it pounded Kyle Lohse for 10 hits and four walks in five innings. He gave up nine runs in that span, but his blame was somewhat mitigaged by the fact that Brendan Ryan chipped in two more errors -- he now has five in his last three games. Only four of the runs were earned, but Lohse's ERA is an unreasonable 5.68 for the season.

At the plate, Ryan went 0-for-3 to drag his season batting average down to .173. Ryan Ludwick (3) and Albert Pujols (2) were the only Redbirds who could manage more than one hit despite a late -- and largely cosmetic -- comeback that cut the margin of defeat to 6-3.

I don't know what is going on to cause the Cardinals to forget how to hit, field and pitch all at the same time. But it is no longer amusing. I can't wait to watch the Redbirds lay down for Bud Norris today.

Cardinals Star of the Game: Ludwick's three hits have raised his batting average to .287.

Cardinals Play of the Game: Matt Holliday's first inning single drove in Skip Schumaker -- and gave the Birds their only lead of the game.

Lowlight: Apparently Kyle Lohse just isn't the same guy who pitched so well for the Cardinals in 2008. He refuses to throw the sinker and his curve is getting crushed. I guess he got his money and now he feels like he doesn't have to compete. But, at some point, you think a sense of pride and humility would enter the picture and Lohse would listen to someone else's ideas.