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Aug. 10: Brewers 5, Cardinals 1

The Cardinals ought to be ashamed of the way they played Wednesday night in a sorry 5-1 loss to the Brewers that dropped them a discouraging five games back in the NL Central standings.

They were completely throttled by Milwaukee's journeyman starting pitcher Randy Wolf who would have a sub-.500 record if not for the way the Redbirds generously handed him a pair of easy wins in the last week.

Of course, it's easy to look good as a pitcher when batters impatiently hack at the first pitch instead of waiting for something more hittable. it's tough to make too many mistakes when you only have to throw about a dozen pitches and inning.

Wolf allowed one run and five hits and no walks while striking out one over eight innings. Meanwhile Cardinals starter Jake Westbrook threw seven frames and allowed three runs. By his standards, that's pretty good. But the offense did absolutely nothing. So there really wasn't much of a ballgame.

Matt Holliday didn't play because he hurt his back in warm-ups and Lance Berkman sat against the lefthanded Wolf. Albert Pujols might as well have not played because he hasn't done a darn thing in the Birds' last five games against Milwaukee. But that doesn't excuse the supporting cast from putting in a good effort.

And, as far as I am concerned, it was a complete waste of my time to bother to show up at the ballpark if the Cardinals don't care about trying.

Cardinals Star of the Game: Oh, please...

Cardinals Play of the Game: Really?

Lowlight: A seven-way tie between the second through eighth innings.