Another pathetic showing of the Cardinals offense and another frustrating loss...
The Cardinals could only put up two runs on the board Sunday -- despite the fact that they were playing in one of the best hitters' parks in baseball against a pitcher with an ERA north of 5.00. Unfortunately, Cincinnati was not deturred by the fact that they were facing one of the National League's ERA leaders and they hammered Brad Penny in a 7-2 victory to wrestle first place away from St. Louis.
It seems the Redbirds starters, who have absolutely carried this team for the first month and a half of the season, are starting to wear down from the pressure. Penny has been pushed around his last two starts, Chris Carpenter was handled by the Astros in his last outing and Adam Wainwright gave up four runs yesterday. Only rookie Jaime Garcia and fifth (best) starter Kyle Lohse seem unaffected by the pressure the offense has put on them. Garcia just keeps shutting down the competition while Lohse has consistently stunk all season.
Former Cardinals third baseman Scott Rolen is congratulated after he hit a two-run homer off a St. Louis starter Brad Penny. Yeah, he got to be on the winning team. But he still had to wear that ugly uniform... AP photo.
The Cardinals would be world beaters if you were awarded points for hitting into double plays. They've killed countless rallies with them the last few games, including a chance to get off to a hot start with two on and Matt Holliday at the plate Sunday. They also did an incredible job of managing to only score one run with the bases loaded and no one out in the fifth inning after Brad Penny -- who killed an earlier rally by bunting into a twin killing -- managed to get a hit.
Tyler Greene came to the plate and hit into a fielder's choice to drive in one run and cut the score at the time to 4-1. Then up came Colby Rasmus who hit into a fielder's choice that nailed catcher Jason LaRue at the plate. Anyone here ever heard of a sacrifice fly?!? Rookie Jon Jay then struck out looking and that was that...
Cardinals Star of the Game: LaRue doubled his season batting average -- all the way up to .188 with a pair of hits including a solo homer.
Cardinals Play of the Game: I guess it has to be LaRue's homer. The Cardinals really didn't accomplish anything else...
Lowlight: David Freese and Albert Pujols, the Cardinals only remaining .300-hitting regulars, went a combined 0-for-7. At this rate, they won't be hitting .300 for long.
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