Apparently no one told the Cardinals offense that it was an early start Saturday night.
The Birds never mounted a serious threat against Philadelphia starter Kyle Kendrick who entered the game with an 0-4 record and an earned run average well north of 5.00. It took Kendrick only 94 pitches to send the Cardinals to their third straight defeat.
St. Louis lefty Jaime Garica held the Phillies to one run until the sixth inning when former Cardinals infielder Placido Polanco hit a ball that seemed to fool third baseman David Freese. The Redbirds third sacker scarcely moved on a ball that was hit just to his right, opening the floodgates for a big inning.
Garcia seemed to come unraveled as he walked Hunter Pence and shane Victorino around a pop up from Ty Wigginton to load the bases. A doubled from John Mayberry Jr. Plated two to make the score 3-0 and then second sacker Freddy Galvis grounded out to drive home the fourth and final Philadelphia run.
If there was a high point of the game for Cardinals fans it was that reliever Eduardo Sanchez pitched two scoreless -- if not completely uneventful -- innings with a walk and two strikeouts.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Reliever Chuckie Fick made his major league debut and pitched a scoreless inning.
Cardinals Play of the Game: The first out of the game came on a long fly ball to left field that Matt Holliday intercepted from becoming a home run.
Lowlight: The St. Louis hitters had absolutely no patience, allowing Kendrick to average less than 10 pitches an inning in very hot weather early in the game. It showed with a total of seven hits and no runs.