So much for my hope that Chris Carpenter would inspire the apparently uninspirable Cardinals.
Carpenter made his much anticipated 2012 debut Friday after spending 9/10 of the season trying to get his shoulder right. And he pitched pretty darn good for a guy who was on such an extended layoff, allowing two runs over five innings and leaving in position to get the win.
But the bullpen managed to blow a two-run lead with two outs in the bottom of the ninth when Fernando Salas gave up a tying home run. And then in the bottom of the 11th the Cubs singled home the winner with two outs against Joe Kelly.
That outcome is completely unacceptable. The Cubs are 58-92, for crying out loud. And to let Darwin freaking Barney snatch a win from you with a home run in the bottom of the ninth is decidedly bush league.
The Cardinals have allowed a lot of game to get away from them this year that they should have won. But few were more obvious choke jobs than this one.