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Cardinals @ Pirates, Sept. 21

It was revealed Tuesday night that the Cardinals released Felipe Lopez because he was habitually late for games.

But, with the way the rest of the team played, it sort of makes you wonder why any of them bothered to show up at all.

Pitcher Jake Westbrook allowed three singles and a pair of walks in the first inning and shortstop Brendan Ryan chipped in an error to allow the Bucs to score three runs. It was pretty much all over from there.

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Cardinals starter Jake Westbrook appears to raise his hands in surrender during a loss Tuesday to the Pirates. He gave up five earned runs on five hits and three walks over four innings. AP photo.

St. Louis batsmen combined for another game with less than three runs scored and in single digits in base hits to lose to Pittsburgh 5-2. This time it was against Paul Maholm who improved to 8-15 with a 5.37 ERA.

Cardinals Star of the Game: Albert Pujols had a pair of hits to raise his batting average and pull away from the .300 mark to .307.

Cardinals Play of the Game: Pujols' third inning double, St. Louis' only extra base hit of the game.

Lowlight: Is it 2011 yet?