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Cardinals vs. Giants, June 29

Well, that was completely awful.

Unless, of course, you are a Giants fan. Then you probably thought a 10-0 drubbing was delightful. I'm sure Jeffrey Leonard was dancing around his television set with one flap down.

I admit it was interesting to watch one of the game's best pitchers, Tim Lincecum, at his best. The guy has pitched two consecutive shut outs, which is almost unheard of these days. But I can't help but feel that the Cardinals bumbling offense had a little something to do with it.

It stinks that the schedule didn't work out so that Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter would have been matched up against the Giants ace in a battle of Cy Young winners. Brad Thompson never had a chance. The Birds spot starter gave up one run in the first and then things totally got out of control when he surrendered a three-run homer. All that was left in doubt at that point was if St. Louis was going to get no hit.

For the record, the Cardinals ended up with two hits.

Cardinals Star of the Game: Clayton Mortensen made his major league debut and pretty much stunk it up. But, in the desperate search for something positive to take away from that lousy game, I would like to point out that while he gave up five runs in his first major league frame, he only gave up one run in the next two. That's positive, right? Right?

Lowlight: Pretty much everything else.