The Cardinals spent their Saturday going from first to third.
Unfortunately, I'm not talking about their batters working their way around the bases. I'm talking about the Redbirds' position in the standings following an excruciating 1-0 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers in a battle for the top spot in the National League Central.
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Meanwhile, the Cubs, who were just half a game back at the start of the day, overcame a four-run Astros outburst in the ninth inning to win their game and leapfrog St. Louis.
The Cardinals simply could get nothing goint all day long. Their only real threat was in the bottom of the seventh when starter Adam Wainwright singled with two outs to put runners on first and third. Skip Schumaker hit a ball deep into the hole at short. But the Brewers were able to get their forceout at second base.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Wainwright pitched eight innings, allowing two hits and one earned run. He struck out seven and walked two against one of the best offenses in the NL. And what did he get to show for it? A big L in the box score.
Lowlight: Chris Duncan is in free fall with an 0-for-3 day with three runners stranded on base to take his batting average down to .267. Not only is Duncan not producing, Albert Pujols has absolutely no protection in the batting order and he isn't getting anything to hit.