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Cardinals at Cubs, July 11

It was bound to happen. When the Cardinals have a struggling spot starter toeing the rubber and the opposition is fielding a craft lefty, good things aren't expected to happen. And they didn't.

A day after dominating the Cubs, on Saturday the Redbirds looked sort of pathetic. They were never really in the game and it wasn't much fun to watch the 5-2 loss.

The Cubs scored three in the first inning when St. Louis starter Brad Thompson loaded the bases and then scuffling Wee Bears outfielder Milton Bradley with a pitch to drive in the game's first run. Is that a bad omen or what? A single by Chicago's backup catcher drove in the next two.

The Cardinals managed to score a run in the fourth when Ryan Ludwick doubled in Colby Rasums, but they gave two back the next inning and it was pretty obvious they weren't coming back from that.

Cardinals Star of the Game: Albert Pujols was 2-for-4 as the only St. Louis player to notch as many as two hits.

Lowlight: Brad Thompson did alright his first couple of fill in starts. But he has been terrible the last four. The baby-faced assasin lasted only 4 2/3 innings and was pounded for five earned runs on five hits and three walks.