With Albert Pujols on the disabled list for an extended stay, the Cardinals are going to have to work a little bit harder to manufacture runs.
But, if their Wednesdsay performance was any indication, the factory isn't even open for business.
The Redbirds managed only six hits all night. And they were so poor with making something out of their opportunities that they couldn't even take advantage of it when starting pitcher Kyle Lohse led off the third inning with a double.
Pete Kozma followed with a grounder back to the pitcher that nearly got Lohse nailed off second base before Phillies hurler Cliff Lee looked him back to the bag and got the out at first base. Ryan Theriot singled -- but the ball was right at centerfielder Shane Victorino and Lohse had to hold at third base. St. Louis centerfielder Jon Jay then hit into a double play.
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That was pretty much the Cardinals' most serious scoring threat. Philadelphia, fueled by a homer from St. Louisan Ryan Howard's homer, had all the runs it needed to win it's second game in as many nights against the Birds.
Kyle Lohse was pretty good -- if not great. He hurled eight innings and allowed seven hits and three runs. It should have been enough to keep his team in the game. But he got absolutely no support.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Lance Berkman was the only Cardinals hitter to collect two hits. He was 2-for-4.
Cardinals Play of the Game: Lohse's double.
Lowlight: Three of the six Cardinals hits were erased by double plays.