Maybe if the Cardinals would have pulled their heads out of their posteriors prior to the last third of their Sunday game at Arizona they wouldn't have to fly home from a six-game road trip with a 1-5 record.
But, after doing nothing with one of the shakiest starters in the National League, they rallied in the late innings to tie the game in the top of the ninth... Only to blow it in the bottom of the inning and suffered a 7-5 loss.
Once again the Birds' failure to drive in runs when they have the opportunity came back to haunt them. Three times in the early part of the game they had runners in scoring position only to have the man at the plate swing at the first pitch and make an easy out. One run here and one there may not seem like a whole lot. But they add up and over the course of a game or a series they could make a lot of difference.
Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols doubles with two outs in the seventh to drive in a pair of runs. Pujols got his batting average back up to .300 with a pair of hits. AP photo.
The Birds lost their second consecutive Chris Carpenter start. The St. Louis ace, who had his best control of the season in his last game, wasn't so sharp Sunday. He walked five Diamondbacks and gave up six hits over six innings to combine for three runs allowed.
Dennys Reyes continued his distubing trend of stinking up the joint with three hits and two runs allowed in a whopping 1/3 of an inning pitched. Kyle McClellan was tagged with the loss when he surrendered a two-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Felipe Lopez was 2-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored.
Cardinals Play of the Game: Albert Pujos scored the tying run in the ninth on a Chad Qualls wild pitch.
Lowlight: McClellan's ninth inning game losing homer allowed.