Giants starter Madison Bumgarner entered the game Monday against the Cardinals with the worst run support on any National League starter.
Meanwhile, St. Louis starter Kyle McClellan has enjoyed some of the best support of senior circuit hurlers.
So it only stands to reason that the G-Men would bust out for seven earned runs in four innings against the usually stingy Cardinals starter. And that the St. Louis offense would misfire at the same time to add up to a 7-3 loss.
McClellan gave up his first run on a solo homer and the second when he surrendered a lead-off double to Bumgarner who later came around to score. The Cardinals responded with a pair in the bottom of the third when Ryan Theriot doubled and Allen Craig did the same to drive home one run. Albert Pujols then singled past second base to drive home the tying run.
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But McClellan walked the lead-off man in the top of the fourth and it all unraveled from there. When the smoke cleared five runs had dented the plate and St. Louis was down 7-2.
The Cardinals wouldn't score again until Pujols hit a solo homer to centerfield in the bottom of the eighth. But that was all they could muster and the Redbirds will have to take the next two games if they want to keep their series winning streak alive.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Pujols. How bad has his season-long slump been. Last year he was the star in about half of the Cardinals' games. A third of the way through the season in 2011, I believe this is his second time.
Cardinals Play of the Game: Craig's RBI double.
Lowlight: McClellan was due to have a clunker. The Cardinals came into the Monday game having won eight of the nine times the converted reliever started. But you have to hate to see a pitcher whose team just rallied to tie the game walk the lead-off man. McClellan had poor control during his entire appearance and I am a little bit worried that he's starting to show some stress cracks. He has already pitched as many innings this season as he would in an entire year as a bullpenner.