It will likely be written on the tombstone of the 2011 Cardinals that they died because they failed time and time again to capitalize on opportunities placed in front of them.
And their Saturday game against the Rockies was no exception.
The Cardinals sent 10-5 starter Jaime Garcia and his 3.23 ERA to the hill against Colorado hurler Jason Hamel with his 6-11 record and 5.14 ERA. So, Naturally, Garcia got blasted and the Redbirds batsmen made Hamel look like Bob Feller on a good day...
The Birds managed six hits and one stinking run as the continued their tactic of trying to make the opposing starter cool off and get stiff by only throwing five or six pitches an inning before retiring the side in order.
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Big guns Albert Pujols and Matt Holliday were hitless in three at bats while Lance Berkman was 1-for-4. In fact, no Cardinals hitter had more than four hits in the game. But Garcia allowed five earned runs on six hits and four very painful walks in five innings.
Garcia in the third inning walked two batters in a row in front of Carlos Gonzalez before serving up a homer into the left centerfield shrubberies in front of the bleachers. It was all down hill from there. But all that really matter is that the Brewers beat the Pirates 1-0 to extend their lead in the National League Central Division to five games.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Marc Rzepczinski pitched three scoreless innings.
Cardinals Play of the Game: David Freese drove home a run on a fielder's choice. Unfortunately, that as about as good as it gets.
Lowlight: Jaime Garica has basically stunk since signing a lucrative contract extension. Let's hope it's just a funk and the previously dominant lefty hasn't become too comfortable.