It used to be that the Cardinals pledged to play a "hard nine" innings every game.
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I don't think they've played a hard nine innings this WEEK.
The heartless wonders quit again last night on their pitcher and on the fans, allowing themselves to be embarrassed by the Brewers in front of their home crowd 4-1
Despite the fact that inexperienced fill in starter Blake Hawksworth pitched a pretty decent six innings with three runs allowed, the Cardinals were never really able to threaten once Milwaukee took the lead. After Albert Pujols, the only non-pitcher on the Redbirds roster who shouldn't be charged with fraud for cashing his paycheck, hit a solo homer in the seventh to cut the lead to 3-1 Matt Holliday Walked and Nick Stavinoha singled to put the tying run on base and the go ahead run at the plate with no one out.
Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols reacts to lining out to end the eighth inning. AP phot o.
But in excruciating typical style, Colby Rasmus swung at ball four to strike out without advancing either runner. The Brewers took out southpaw starter Randy Wolf in favor of a righty to face Yadier Molina and the Cardinals catcher swung at the first pitch he saw, delivering a ground ball that couldn't have been more perfect for a double play if he had rolled it out to shortstop by hand...
That was pretty much it. But Price Fielder hit a solo homer of his own in the top of the eighth to rub salt in the Cardinals fans' wounds and crush the little bit of fighting spirit that a couple of St. Louis players may or may not possess.
With their horrible lack of fundamental skills -- specifically their inability to advance runners or sacrifice them home -- I wonder how many Cardinals players could get onto the field on for a junior college baseball team...
Cardinals Star of the Game: Pujols
Cardinals Play of the Game: Pujols' homer.
Lowlight: It's a tie between Rasmus' whiff and Molina's double dip in the seventh. Both were equally disappointing.