Stop me if you've heard this one before: Cardinals starter Chris Carpenter pitched a pretty good game. But he got tagged with a loss when the offense could make much of a stand against a mediocre pitcher.
Carpenter threw eight innings and allowed two earned runs on eight hits with six strikeouts and no walks. But the gutsy effort couldn't prevent the former Cy Young Award winner from falling to 1-5.
San Diego starter Mat Latos, who entered the game with a 1-6 record, held St. Louis to one run on six hits over eight innings of work.
The game was tied until the bottom of the eighth when Jason Bartlett scored on a Chase Headly double to left. Cardinals outfielder Lance Berkman got to the ball quickly and threw an on target ball to relay man Tyler Greene who threw a one hop peg to the plate. The throw beat Bartlett and he would have been out -- but the ball skipped over catcher Yadier Molina's glove.
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It appeared that first baseman Albert Pujols, who inexplicably ran across the diamond and stood near the third base line between the plate and third base, may have screened Molina's vision. Headly moved to third on the miscue and scored on the next play to give the game its final 3-1 score.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Carpenter.
Cardinals Play of the Game: Carpenter brilliantly worked his way out of a jam earlier in the game. With a runner at third and no one out he got the first hitter to ground out sharply to third. Daniel Descalso made a good play, looking the runner back, to get the first out. The play of the game happened on the next pitch: Former Cardinals outfielder Ryan Ludwick came up and grounded the next ball back to Carpenter who got the man on third in a rundown. As the runner was tagged out, Ludwick tried to move up to second and was easily thrown out for the unconventional double play.
Lowlight: Colby Rasmus is completely lost at the plate right now. He is passive and almost seems afraid to swing. I wonder if something is wrong with his eyes.