The Bottom Line:
– After an 85 minute rain delay at Busch Stadium on Thursday night, the St. Louis Cardinals (64-54) lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks (59-59) by a score of 2-1, dropping them back to one game behind the Pittsburgh Pirates for the wild card. It was their 20th one run loss of the season.
— Leading 1-0 in the ninth, Jason Motte (4-4) blew his fifth save of the season when Paul Goldschmidt and Chris Young hit back-t0-back home runs to give the Diamondbacks the lead.
— Kyle Lohse threw another terrific outing, giving up no earned runs over 6 2/3 innings before handing the game over to the bullpen.
— The only Cardinals run was scored on an Allen Craig RBI single which brought home Kyle Lohse in the fifth. Craig leads the National League in batting with runners in scoring position at .384 (30-for-78)
As Joe Strauss notes in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Kyle Lohse has given the Cardinals 19 quality starts this season in 25 appearances. The fact is that he has stepped up and has truly become this team’s ace, as he has a 2.08 ERA in his last 14 starts. It is a shame that we can’t get him more wins, but that’s just baseball. Every pitcher will have games that he should have won and games that he should have lost, but in the end it all balances out.
The Cardinals are now 17-9 since July 20. This was an extremely frustrating loss, their fourth when leading after eight innings, but you have to remember that the Cards just have to keep winning series, which is what they did against the Diamondbacks. They have a shot to pull ahead in the wild card race this season against the Pittsburgh Pirates and that’s where their focus should be now. We always knew that Jason Motte wasn’t an All-Star closer. You take what you can get. He has been very good all season long and Thursday night just happened to be one of the few where he fell apart.
What’s Next: The Cardinals begin a three-game series with the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night at Busch Stadium. The game starts at 7:15 CST and can be seen on Fox Sports Midwest. As always, pre and post game information can be found on CardsBlog.