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April 4: Pirates 4, Cardinals 3

The Cardinals on Monday wrote another chapter of the same sad story: A pretty good job by the starting pitcher but little to no offensive production against an unimpressive opposing hurler.

The Birds managed only one run in six innings against Bucs starter Charlie Morton despite the fact that he walked five hitters. Morton was 2-12 with a 7.57 ERA last season, for crying out loud. He didn't win a road game the whole year. I don't care if the Cardinals are without Matt Holliday, this was one pathetic offensive performance.

Kyle Lohse made his first start of the year and put up six zeros in seven frames of work. Unfortunately, he made a couple of bad pitches in the sixth innings and ended up giving up four runs on a timely double and homer from the Bucs.

The Cardinals looked like they might make a run in the bottom of the eighth inning when Colby Rasmus led off with a single to right and Albert Pujols walked. Lance Berkman singled in one run and Pujols made it all the way to third on a bad relay throw and Allen Craig Drove in a run with a fielder's choice.

Craig stole second on a botched hit and run when David Freese whiffed on the pitch. But Freese couldn't recover and struck out and Yadier Molina did the same to leave the tying run at second.

In  the ninth the Birds went easily. Schumaker grounded out then pinch-hitter Daniel Descalso struck out helplessly and Ryan Theriot hit one his patentened 250-foot fly balls to end the game and drop the Cardinals to 1-4 for the young season.

Cardinals Star of the Game: Lance Berkman was 1-for-2 with a pair of walks with a run scored and an RBI.

Cardinals Play of the Game: In the eighth with two men on and two out Albert Pujols made a diving play at first place and scooped the ball to pitcher Brian Augenstein as Augenstein fell across the bag for the third out.

Lowlight: The Cardinals couldn't capitalize on six Pirates walks. Through four games, they've scored 11 runs. That ain't gonna cut it.