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August 30, Cardinals 2, Milwaukee 1

The Cardinals didn't show a lot of offensive spark. But at least they showed some backbone Tuesday night in their 2-1 win over Milwaukee.

Both of ther Redbirds runs were unearned. It was the pitching staff that carried most of the water. Starting pitcher Edwin Jackson pitched seven excellent innings with one run allowed. Jason Motte snuffed out a Brewers would-be rally in the eighth and, after Marc Rzepczinski allowed the only batter he faced to get on base to lead off the ninth, Fernando Salas closed out a tense ninth two put away the win.

Salas walked the second hitter of the inning to make it two on with no outs. The Brewers tried to bunt the runners up but the Cardinals were able to get the force out at third and threw back across the diamond to try to get the runner at first. The ball popped out of the glove of the second baseman covering the bag. But it appeared that he caught the ball in his bare hand before the runner reached. The umpire disagreed and Milwaukee had another chance to tie the game with a single or win it with a long hit. But Salas coaxed a second double play ball and the Cardinals won to cut their deficit to 9 1/2 games.

That's still a long way out at the end of August. But if the Birds could sweep Milwaukee, it might put a little bit of pressure on the Brewers who still have three games left in St. Louis. Simply put, the Redbirds' post season chances are in critical condition. And they need to win at least four of the five games with Milwaukee to regain consciousness.

Cardinals Star of the Game: Jackson

Cardinals Play of the Game: Salas' game ending double play ball

Lowlight: The Cardinals are going to need to score more than two runs to have a decent chance to win games. The offenses' struggles are mind boggling.