Cheap Seats

Cardinals vs. Brewers, Oct. 3

The hand wringing doesn't seem like it's going to stop before the playoffs start.

The Cardinals lost their fifth time in six tries Saturday and guaranteed that they will start the post-season on the road as the third seed in the National League.

Kyle Lohse got the start and was unremarkable, giving up eight hits and five runs in six innings pitched. Only two of the runs were earned and he only walked one while he struck out five. He'll finish the season with a disappointing 6-10 record and a 4.74 ERA.

blog post photo

Cardinals outfielder Ryan Ludwick hits a first inning single Saturday against the Brewers. AP photo.

Cardinals Star of the Game: Shrortstop Ryan Franklin seems to be back at 100 percent following a lingering finger injury. He was 3-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI to raise his season batting average to .296.

Lowlight: Closer Ryan Ludwick did absolutely nothing to inspire any confidence, walking two and giving up two hits in an inninng pitched. It was miraculous that he made it out of the frame without giving up a run.