It appears the Adam Ottavino era is over -- at least for now -- and mericfully so.
The Cardinals rookie was blasted Saturday night by the diamondbacks to the tune of six runs on nine hits and a walk over 3 2/3 innings. He gave up three home runs and took the wind out of the Redbirds sales before they knew what hit them.
But the offense didn't offer much help, you know... just in case the pitching was decent. Despite a bases loaded and one out situation, the Cardinals were unable to get back in the game and lost 7-2 thanks to a strong performance from their former teammate. Arizona's Danny Haren struck out nine over seven innings before turning the game over to the bullpen.
Cardinals shortstop Brendan Ryan dives for a ball in the second inning Saturday against the Diamondbacks. AP photo.
The Cardinals lost a game in the standings to the Reds who beat Kansas City. They now stand 1 1/2 games back. While I always thought this whole interleague thing was sort of jacked up, this season is the worst edition of it yet. The Reds are playing the Royals from the AL Central, meanwhile the Cardinals are playing teams from the AL West this year. And the Astros for some reason are playing the Yankees from the AL East. Maybe it's just me, but it would seem when you have a group of teams playing for the same prize -- the NL Central Division titile -- that it would be nice if those teams played the same competition...
Cardinals Star of the Game: Colby Rasmus was 2-for-4 with a home run.
Cardinals Play of the Game: Rasmus' homer.
Lowlight: Felipe Lopez' one out pop-up with the bases loaded in the fifth when the Cardinals were down 5-1.