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Cardinals @ Reds, May 9

The Cardinals woeful run of poor starting pitching continued Saturday as they got pounded 8-3 by the Reds in Cincinnati.

Kyle Lohse gave up nine hits and seven runs in six innings, failing somehow to take advantage of the huge strike zone of the home plate umpire. Meanwhile, the Birds were 1-for-12 with runner in scoring position and Cincinnati hit 6-for-10 in the same situation.

Cardinals Star of the Game: Skip Schumaker was the only Cardinals batter with two hits, although he didn't exactly have a great night with the glove. The nod could also have gone to Ryan Ludwick who hit a two-run homer to account for the bulk of St. Louis scoring.

Lowlight: Once again, Albert Pujols seems to be feeling the pressure to do everything himself. And the result is an 0-for-4 night with a couple of tough outs when it looked like the Cardinals might be trying to mount a challenge.