Once again, the Cardinals wasted a brilliant pitching performance -- something they couldn't afford to with one of their co-aces on the hill and two of their other starters on the disabled list -- in a 1-0 loss at the hands of the Dodgers.
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Chris Carpenter threw seven excellent innings -- probably his most consistent and in control start of the season -- holding the Dodgers scoreless on six hits and a walk while striking out five. Meanwhile, the Cardinals only got two baserunners as far as second base. The first was Rany Winn who hit a one out double in the first only to be stranded by Albert Pujols and Matt Holliday. The last was in the seventh when Ryan Ludwick singled and then Skip Schumaker sent him to third on a hit and run single. Unfortunately, Yadier Molina couldn't manage to hit a fly ball with the runner at third and one out. Instead, he hit a tailor made double play ball to the shortstop and the only real St. Louis threat of the night was wiped out.
Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina tags out Blake DeWitt in the seventh inning to preserve a 1-0 tie. AP photo.
It was the sixth time this season that the Cardinals offense was shut out. At least this time it was by a decent pitcher, not a Class AA never will be who was coming off his death bed to make the start. Hiroki Kuroda improved to 5-4 with a 3.40 ERA after throwing a seven-inning four hitter at the Birds.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Randy Winn was the only St. Louis hitter to manage as many as two hits and was one of two to make it as far as second base.
Cardinals Play of the Game: Right fielder Ryan Ludwick gunned down Dodgers second baseman Blake DeWitt at the plate when he tried to score from second on a seventh inning single by Russell Martin. At the time, it preserved a scoreless tie.
Lowlight: Albert Pujols was 0-for-4 with three strikeouts and a popup.