Although the Cardinals started strong, several missed opportunities and blown plays spelled disaster for the Redbirds.

This afternoon, Shelby Miller took the mound after recent struggles. His 4.10 ERA and 7-7 record will not be harmed by the outcome of today’s loss. Miller pitched extremely well and clearly out-dueled Andrew Heaney (one of the Marlins’ top prospects). Shelby gave up only one run and nine hits over 5 and 1/3rd innings. He threw 107 pitches during his appearance on the mound. Miller also had an incredible defensive play at the plate. The Cardinal sins came out after he left the game with a 5-1 lead.

In the top of the sixth, Miller left with two men on. The next batter, Yelich smashed a homerun knocking the lead down to only one run. In the ninth, down to their last strike, the Marlins fought off Rosenthal (0-4) scoring two runs. The tying run was scored off of a play at the plate that Yadi dropped. With a 6-5 lead, the Marlins closed out the Cardinals in the bottom of the ninth to even out the series at a game a piece.

The Cardinals did, however, have a few impressive moments. Peralta and Craig hit back to back homers in the fourth and the defense was solid. The Cardinals were solid on both sides of the ball– their downfall was the bullpen. Cardinal fans were treated to an exciting game that went down to the wire. However, after Yelich’s homer, the wind left the Cards’ sails. There was little optimism left after blowing a four run lead. Pittsburgh is now just 0.5 games away from dropping the Birds to 3rd in the NL Central.

Overall, today’s game was a let down for fans. The Cardinals truly strung them along. Next time the Cardinals give away free jerseys, they better give fans a reason to put them on.

Photo courtesy of Ben Kweskin-- in attendance at today's upsetting game.
Photo courtesy of Ben Kweskin– in attendance at today’s upsetting game.

Tomorrow’s game is the rubber band match in St. Louis. Gametime is 1:15.