The Bottom Line
– The Cardinals (60-51) lost to the San Francisco Giants (61-50) by a score of 15-0 on Wednesday night, falling to 3 games behind the Pittsburgh Pirates in the race for the NL Wildcard.
-Giants ace of 2012, Ryan Vogelsong, frustrated the Cards offense all night, tossing 7 scoreless innings. He allowed only 3 hits, walked only 2, and gave up only 1 extra-base hit. Vogelsong has now thrown 6+ innings in 22 straight starts. Already the lowest in the National League, Vogelsong’s ERA moved to 2.27 following his stellar performance.
– Jon Jay and Matt Carpenter provided the only glimmer of offense in the Cardinal’s batting order. Jay went 2-4 with two singles. He was also caught stealing in the 4th inning. Carpenter had a single and a triple on the night. The Cards mustered only those 4 hits all game.
– Joe Kelly lasted only 5 innings in his start for the Redbirds, allowing 7 runs (4 earned), on 9 hits.
– For the Giants, Melky Cabrera went 2-5 with 2 runs scored, Hunter Pence added two RBI and a run scored, and Brandon Crawford provided 2 hits to go along with a couple fantastic plays at shortstop. Marco Scutaro delivered 3 hits and 7 RBI himself, including a 9th inning grand slam, part of a 15 hit San Francisco barrage.
The Cardinals were manhandled in all facets of the game on Wednesday night. On ESPN Wednesday Night Baseball, a national stage for the second time in four nights, St. Louis offered little resistance to the first-place Giants. Vogelsong dominated from the opening pitch, and Kelly had no chance as his defense let him down in the early going. Sarcastic cheers from the Busch Stadium faithful dominated a 4-run eight for the visiting Giants, and Cards fans had a right to jeer.
The Cards made a difficult task even harder on themselves, committing two errors before Kelly had finished for the night. An errant pick-off attempt from Kelly himself allowed Angel Pagan to go first to third in the 3rd inning with no outs, and he would score soon after on a Scutaro single. Tyler Greene allowed a taylor-made double play ball rocket through his legs with the bases loaded and no outs in the 6th inning, allowing two runs to score and forcing Kelly out of the game. Greene would also strike out twice at the plate.
The Cards only offensive opportunity in the 4th inning quickly went haywire as Jay was thrown out stealing on a failed hit and run with Matt Carpenter at the plate.
Pittsburgh bested the Diamondbacks 7-6, so the Cards lost a full game to the Pirates in the Wild Card standings and now sit 3.5 games back. They are still 6 games back of the Reds in the NL Central.
In search of some positives? There is good news! The Cards have another game tomorrow, and it is still early August.
What’s Next: The Cardinals aim for a series split versus the Giants at 12:45 CST on Thursday. Adam Wainwright (9-10, 4.03 ERA) faces off against San Francisco’s Madison Bumgarner (12-6. 3.03 ERA). All pre-game and post-game coverage can be found right here, on CardsBlog. Hopefully it will be a little prettier than Wednesday night.