The Cardinals offense turned in another snoozer Thursday, allowing itself to be four hit by knuckleballer R.A. Dickey over 8 1/3 innings in New York.
The Birds rarely threatened all day. But in the ninth inning managed to bring Albert Pujols and Matt Holliday to the plate with two runners on. Pujols flied out to center and Holliday struck out looking to send the Cardinals to a series loss against the hapless Mets. St. Louis won two of four games on their road trip to Chicago and New York against teams that are on the very edge or remaining in contention.
Pujols and Holliday were held hitless in the game. Pujols saw his batting average drop to .295 while Holliday is hitting .302 for the season. Jon Jay, Ryan Ludwick, Skip Schumaker and pinch hitter Colby Rasmus got the only hits for the Cardinals, collecting one apiece.
Mets infielder Jose Reyes throws to first to complete a double play in the third inning of the Thursday game between the Cardinals and New York. AP photo.
On the day when Roy Oswalt was dealt to the Phillies instead of St. Louis, Blake Hawksworth pitched six innings and allowed all New York runs on seven hits and three walks. The scoring would have been worse if Jay hadn't thrown a Mets baserunner out at the plate with a perfect peg. Hawksworth dropped to 4-7 on the season with a 5.30 ERA.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Jay. He's the only guy who can be counted on at this point to both be productive and hustle day after day.
Cardinals Play of the Game: Jay's assist, throwing out a Mets runner at the plate.
Lowlight: The Cardinals continue to rack up the double plays. Every time the start to mount a scoring threat, it seems, they hit an easy ground ball to shortstop to snuff out the scoring opportunity.
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