Joel Pineiro goes and gives up a home run. Sigh.
I was all stoked to get up this morning and write a big, long detailed post about how the Cardinals had found their mojo back. After the 8-2 drubbing they put on the Padres Monday night, it seemed the offense had perhaps found a stride. Two home runs by El Hombre and another for Ryan “Try to Keep Me Out of the Lineup Now” Ludwick seemed to shake a funk that has hung over this team since the Milwaukee series of a couple weeks ago. Sure, they left another eleven men-on-base, furthering their league lead in LOB – but the runs actually came with that.
Last night, with the Cardinals ahead 2-0 going into the sixth, I took my tired behind to bed. Surely, they would add a couple more and wind up getting the 5-2 or 4-2 triumph, right? Wrong. I underestimated the razor-thin line that this offense has to walk in order to push runs across. They only left three men-on-base, but that number doesn’t impress too much when they only had seven hits, six of them singles. San Diego got a couple key walks out of Pineiro and the big, clutch hit from Kevin Kouzmanoff.
Maybe some of the Cardinal hitters were watching…so THAT’S what a clutch hit looks like!