It was a rough night in St. Louis as the Cardinals were man-handled by the Tampa Bay Rays in a 7-2 defeat.

The night was pretty much all bad for the Birds despite Matt Carpenter’s lead-off homer in the first. When your starting All-Star gives up a walked-in run, the game probably will not go your way.

Tonight, Wainwright’s ERA increased by .3 runs per game as he gave up 6 runs in only 4 and 2/3rds innings pitched. To make matters worse, Waino even had a fielding error. Waino’s performance will cost the Birds first place in the NL Central against a foe they should have easily crushed in order to stay tied with the Brewers.

Tampa came into tonight’s game as one of the biggest let downs of the year. The Rays were 47-53 even though almost every power ranking at the beginning of the year ranked them in the top ten, some projections even broke the top five. Tonight, they looked like a team on a mission to prove power rankings wrong.

Even though tonight’s game is a serious let down, the Cardinals have to regain focus on what should definitely be an easy schedule moving forward. They can tie up the series with Tampa tomorrow and come back refreshed against far less talented teams in the weeks to come.