Every time it seems that the St. Louis Cardinals offense is heating up, a bucket of cold water has been thrown on the club's bats.
On Tuesday the Redbirds managed only one run on six hits, losing to the Atlanta Braves by a 2-1 score. Atlanta had lost seven games in a row before the Cardinals charitably let them up off the mat.
It was a shame to waste an excellent start by substitute pitcher Tyler Lyons. He allowed only four hits and a run over six innings of work filling in for injured hurler Joe Kelly. His only real mistake was a solo home run allowed.
Matt Holliday tied the game for St. Louis with an RBI hit in the sixth inning. But that was all the offense the Cardinals could muster. Holliday had two hits. He was the only Redbirds hitter to have more than one hit.
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The Cardinals only had four at-bats with runners in scoring position during the game, converting one of them.
Allen Craig, who pushed his batting average to .221 during a hot streak in which he collected 19 hits in 34 at-bats. Since then, however, he has sagged back to .202 with one hit in his last 16 at-bats including an 0-for-4 Tuesday.
Jon Jay was hitless in three at-bats. His average has dropped from .302 to 256 with four hits in his last 26 at-bats.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Holliday
Cardinals Play of Game: Holliday's RBI hit
Lowlight: The complete lack of St. Louis offense