The Bottom Line: For the second straight game, the Cards were shutout by a pitcher who had recently thrown a no-hitter. This time it was Tim Lincecum, not Clayton Kershaw, shutting down the Cards offense by allowing just four hits in eight innings. Cardinals’ rookie pitcher Marco Gonzales looked good through three innings, but he gave up a two-run shot to Pablo Sandoval in a three-run fourth inning, and he conceded two more runs in the fifth in the Giants’ 5-0 victory.

Marco Gonzales

Gonzales: In his second career start, Gonzales pitched in a similar fashion as he did against the Rockies, when he allowed five runs and seven hits in five innings of work. He started the game with three scoreless innings, just like he did versus the Rockies, before everything snowballed in the fourth and fifth innings. He finished with an almost identical stat line as his first start: 4.1 innings pitched, seven hits and five earned runs. Overall, the rookie took his first career loss and rose his ERA to 9.64 after today’s pitching performance.

Punchless Offense: The Cards recorded just five hits while being shutout for the third time in five games. Only one of those hits was an extra base hit, which occurred when Jhonny Peralta led off the fourth inning with a double. Eventually, the Cards had the bases loaded with nobody out, but the offense could not come through as two players struck out and then a groundout ended the inning, which seems to be the story of the season so far for the Cardinals. Rookie Oscar Taveras made his first start since being called up from Memphis, hitting 0 for 3 with a walk.

What’s Next: Adam Wainwright (10-4, 2.01 ERA) looks to rescue the Cards from a three-game skid when he faces Ryan Vogelsong (5-4, 3.96 ERA) at 9:15 CST tomorrow.