It seems the Cardinals are allergic to sweeping series.
The completely dominated the Pirates Tuesday and Wednesday. Then they came out with bats blazing Thursday, collecting three doubles in the first inning to take a 2-0 lead.
But those were the only offensive statistics the team could generate for the rest of the day. Unless you count the Cardinals' 17 strikeouts. That's a pretty offensive statistic, if you ask me.
Rafael Furcal, Matt Holliday, Shane Robinson, Tyler Green all struck out twice. Tony Cruz.
Meanwhile the Pirates pecked away at St. Louis starter Jake Westbrook who one run in the fourth and then two more in the sixth when the Cardinals couldn't pull away despite seven walks that gave them plenty of chances to score. The Bucs finally knocked out Westbrook, who took the loss and fell to 3-2 with a 2.12 ERA, with a fourth run in the seventh.
The Redbirds' best chance to get back in the game came in the when they loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh with two outs and brought Craig to the plate. But the Cardinals first baseman grounded out weakly to third and the opportunity went up in smoke.
In the bottom of the ninth, the Birds got another chance when Furcal and Freese walked and Craig doubled to cut the St. Louis deficit to 6-3. But Matt Carpenter couldn't keep the two-out rally going with a strikeout.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Freese was 2-for-3 with a pair of walks.
Cardinals Play of the Game: Freese's first inning double.
Lowlight: The Cardinals' woeful total of 17 strikeouts.