— The St. Louis Cardinals (69-57) lost to the Cincinnati Reds (77-51) on Saturday afternoon by a score of 8-2. They remain one game ahead of the Pittsburgh Pirates for the second wild card spot.
— Jaime Garcia was shaky in his second outing since coming back from the disabled list. He gave up four earned runs and seven hits over six innings, raising his ERA on the season to 4.15
— In his first appearance since being called up from AAA-Memphis, Brandon Dickson gave up another four earned runs in the seventh, putting the Cardinals at a six-run deficit.
— The score remained tied at 1-1 until the Reds scored three runs in the sixth inning, courtesy of a Todd Frazier-ground out and a two run home run from Jay Bruce (27).
It looked like the Cards would have a chance to come back in this game in the seventh when they had first and third and none out, but Shane Robinson grounded into a double play, allowing them only to get one run. It was unrealistic to think that the Cardinals could come into Cincinnati and sweep the one of the best teams in baseball.
You’re not going to win many games when you go 1-for-7 with RISP and leave seven men on base, and that’s what the Cardinals did today. It continues to be about situational hitting when it comes to this team’s success. I know Moneyball would have you believe that there is no such thing about clutch hitting, but that’s ridiculous. Even if it’s not quantifiable, there is no doubt a talent that certain players have in being able to drive in runners in key situations and not letting the pressure get to you. Let’s go out there tomorrow and hope Adam Wainwright can give us a series win so we can stroll into Pittsburgh with some confidence.
What’s Next: The Cardinals will play the rubber game of their three game set with the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday afternoon when Adam Wainwright takes on….The game can be seen on Fox Sports Midwest and all pre and post game information can be found on CardsBlog.