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Cardinals vs. Royals, May 24

I guess it's tough to complain about the Cardinals winning five out of six to close out their home stand.

But I really wanted to see the Birds finish off the Royals with a sweep.

Unfortunately, the Redbirds seemed to be flat Sunday and were unable to mount much of an offensive threat. They scored only two runs, but they still came within about 20 feet of a dramatic, game-winning homer with two outs in the ninth.

It's off to Milwaukee where the Cardinals need to try to avenge the three-game sweep that started off the most recent homestand. Although it's early, it will still be fun to watch a head to head battle for first place in the divison.

Cardinals Star of the Game: Joel Pineiro wasn't as dominant as he was in his previous start... which stands to reason because it was the best start the Cardinals have enjoyed this season. But he gave his team a chance to win. Unfortunately, the depleted offense just wasn't able to get the job done.

Lowlight: Chris Duncan was unable to handle a ball in the left field corner in the first inning Sunday and it allowed Kansas City to score the deciding run. Duncan hasn't been too terrible in the outfield this season. But he hasn't exactly been great at the plate. He's hitting .257 with 3 HR and the result is that Albert Pujols is getting walked all over the place. With Pujols hitting third and Duncan hitting fourth Sunday, Pujols was intentionally walked three times and Duncan stranded three baserunners.

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