Inspired by their 11th inning victory over the Brewers Tuesday night, the Cardinals quickly scored a run in the first inning of their rubber game Wednesday with Milwaukee.
And it all went down hill from there.
The Brewers scored three runs in the bottom of the third inning to regain the lead, The Cardinals took it back in the top of the second when Rafael Furcal hit a three-run homer. Then the Birds surrendered two runs in the third, fifth and sixth innings and a single tally in the seventh to win going away by a 10-5 score.
Starting pitcher Edwin Jackson, impressive in his St. Louis debut, was pounded in his second Cardinals start for all 10 runs -- eight of them earned -- on 14 hits and a walk over seven innings.
Sign Up and Save
Get six months of free digital access to Belleville News-Democrat
It was a case of bad timing because the Cardinals got more offense than could be expected from Furcal -- only his second homer of the season in two hits on the day -- and Jackson, a pitcher with a .135 career batting average -- collected two hits in three at bats. Ryan Theriot, David Freese and Corey Patterson also had two hits apiece. But Albert Pujols, who said he couldn't grip his bat after being hit on the hand with a pitch Tuesday, was hitless in five at bats and stranded six runners on base. Lance Berkman, nursing a sore shoulder was 0-for-4 and stranded four runners.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Furcal was 2-for-3 with a walk. He drove in four runs and scored a pair. while the loss to Milwaukee hurts, it's encouraging to see Furcal's bat show signs of life. He's hitting .286 so far in his short stay with the Cardinals after batting .196 for Los Angeles.
Cardinals Play of the Game: Furcal's three-run homer.
Lowlight: The inability of Jackson to hold the Brewers to a reasonable run total and give the Redbirds a chance to win.