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Final Score: Nationals 10 Cardinals 0

The Bottom Line:

— The St. Louis Cardinals (71-61) lost to the Washington Nationals (80-51) by a score of 10-0. They have now fallen into a temporary tie with the Pittsburgh Pirates for the second slot in the wild card race.

Adam Wainwright (13-11) threw his shortest start of his career, giving up six earned runs and nine hits over 2 2/3 innings. He threw 86 pitches and recorded three walks and three strikeouts.

— Gio Gonzalez (17-7) of the Washington Nationals threw a complete-game shutout against the Cards, his first of his career.

— The Cardinals went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position and grounded into three double plays.

— The Cardinals have not scored an earned run since Monday against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Well, I don’t know what to tell you. This is just awful. Teams go through hot and cold streaks throughout a season, but it’s not often a team goes four straight games without scoring an earned run. Thankfully it happens to be coinciding with Pittsburgh who is also struggling to score some runs, but I think it’s safe to say if the Cards are making the playoffs in 2012, it will be through a Wild Card game, as they now sit 9 games back of the Cincinnati Reds.

Gonzalez was great, there’s no doubt about that. He has very impressive movement on his fastball and was able to locate his pitches very effectively. This is not an excuse though. The Cardinals have one of the best lineups in the National League and it is quite frankly ridiculous that they have been unable to get runners home as of late, let alone win a game.

To make matters even worse, Rafael Furcal will officially miss the rest of the season as he heads to the DL after doctors found a tear in his UCL and is expected to miss 6-8 months. Thankfully, the 40-man rosters open tomorrow, so Mike Matheny will be able to add some more bodies to his ailing roster.

What’s Next: Kyle Lohse (14-2) and the Cardinals will try to at least get an earned run on the board on Saturday afternoon when they take on Jordan Zimmerman (9-8) and the Washington Nationals for the third game of this four game series. First pitch is at 3:05 PM CST and can be seen on Fox Sports Midwest. As always, all pre and post game information can be found on CardsBlog. Go Cards.

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