Another poor game from the Cardinals and a win by the Reds put the final nail Tuesday in the disappointing season that was 2010.
The Redbirds, favored by almost every pundit to win the division by default, instead spent more energy shooting themselves in the foot than playing fundamentally sound baseball.
In losing 7-2 to the awful (55-101 coming into the contest) Pirates, the Cardinals dug themselves an early hole with a leadoff walk followed by a wild pitch. Starting pitcher Jeff Suppan then made an error fielding a bunt and the floodgates were open for a three-run Pittsburgh first inning.
Cardinals shortstop Brendan Ryan sits, dejected, on the bench during the team's 7-2 loss to the Pirates. AP photo.
Matt Pagnozzi hit a solo homer in the second and Daniel Descalso scored in the third on a Pirates error. But that was all the offense the Redbirds could muster. They managed only five hits on the night with Albert Pujols collecting one of them to regain the team lead in batting average with a .313 mark compared to Matt Holliday's .311.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Matt Pagnozzi
Cardinals Play of the Game: Pagnozzi's solo homer
Lowlight: Jeff Suppan had the lousy pitcher trifecta: walks and fielding errors followed by a homer. He fell to 28 with the loss and saw his season ERA rise to 5.38 in what was likely his last major league appearance.