The Cardinals picked a bad time to make three errors in a game for the first time this season.
Since they were in the Sunday evening game, the Redbirds started their contest with the knowledge that the Cincinnati Reds had already defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates. So it St. Louis could win, they'd move to three games ahead of both the Pirates and Reds in the National League Central division with but six games to play.
Unfortunately, defensive miscues by catcher Yadier Molina, pitcher Joe Kelly and third baseman Joe Kelly led to three unearned runs and the Cardinals lost by two.
On the bright side, Kelly pitched pretty well and managed to make it through seven innings to help the St. Louis bullpen get some much-needed rest. The only bullpenner to pitch for the Cardinals Sunday night was former Brewers closer John Axford who worked a scoreless eighth inning.
Sign Up and Save
Get six months of free digital access to Belleville News-Democrat
Despite the fact that the were twice behind by three runs, the Cardinals were in the game until the last out. They scored one run in the ninth inning and had the tying run on base when Matt Adams came to the dish with the chance to put St. Louis ahead. But he struck out looking to end the game and send the Redbirds home for the rest of the season.
The Cardinals play three against the Washington Nationals starting Monday and the Nationals are still fighting for a wildcard berth in the playoffs, so don't count on them to roll over. After that, the Birds finish with three games against the Chicago Cubs. The Mets play the Reds three times and the Pirates go to Chicago before finishing their last three games against each other.