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Cardinals vs. Rockies, July 6

What could the Cardinals do to top their Saturday stinkfest against the Brewers? How about becoming the butt of their own joke in a game that was a 9-3 laugher when the ninth inning began?

That's right. The useless bunch of jerks who are wearing St. Louis uniforms gave up NINE RUNS in the bottom of the ninth to somehow turn a 9-3 lead into a 12-9 loss. If it was a home game, they should have passed out refunds as the fans passed out of gates because it was such a poor effort. Instead, Colorado fans had a better laugh at the Cardinals' expense than they would on an average night at a comedy club.

I know the Cardinals aren't going to win them all. But their consistently poor effort is maddening. There is zero excuse for what happened Tuesday night. Championship quality clubs simply don't lose games like that. Of course, this is the team that was built to win a crummy division by default. And a funny thing happened on the way to the cake walk...

Dennys Reyes and Ryan Franklin, a pair of pitchers paid to get outs late in the game, could manage only a combined two Rockies retired in the ninth inning before Colorado plated nine runs.

Randy Winn, who hadn't made an error in more than 250 games, had a chance to end the game up 9-8 when a ball was hit right where he should have been standing. Unfortunately he was standing one step in front of the warning track. Then, with a runner on first representing the tying run, he had a second ball hit in front of him which he kicked around like the thought he was at the World Cup.

Blake Hawksworth started for the Cardinals and did a great job -- with the possible exception of the third inning when he suddenly became shaky and gave up a pair of runs. In the first two innings, Hawksworth was doing a great job of keeping Rockies hitters off balance with his changeup.

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Cardinals starter Blake Hawksworth delivers a pitch Tuesday against the Rockies. AP photo.

Spotted a three-run lead, Hawksworth walked the leadoff man in the third and then gave up a homer to Carlos Gonzalez to cut the lead to one. Jason Giambi singled with one out and Hawksworth walked a pair with two away to load the bases. But a ground ball off the bat of Clint Barmes to second base ended the threat.

The Birds added more runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to eventually build a 9-2 lead. Former Rockies players Aaron Miles and Matt Holliday led the offense. Miles was 2-for-3 with a pair of runs scored and an RBI while Holliday hit a three-run homer in a 1-for-4 night. Felipe Lopez was 2-for-5 with a homer.

Cardinals Star of the Game: Lopez

Cardinals Play of the Game: Lopez's third inning homer to give the Birds a 2-0 lead.

Lowlight: St. Louis pitchers issued a disturbing seven walks in the game. But that was no match for Ryan Franklin's line score: 1/3 of an inning pitched, 6H, 6R, 2HR.