I wrote before the series began about the Cardinals
having a huge opportunity in front of them, an opportunity to virtually bury one of the teams chasing them for the second National League wild card spot. If the Cards could pull off a sweep of the Pirates
, I wrote
, they would put Pittsburgh
in an almost impossible position. It wouldn't be easy, but hey, playoff teams, championship contending teams, do things that aren't easy. They find a way to make it happen.
When the Cards took the first game of the series, a white-knuckle one run affair no less, it looked like they just might be up to the task. Maybe this flawed, maddening team was going to take the reins and stop drifting through the 2012 season.
The result of the next two games: two losses, with a combined score of 14-0.
Seriously, someone tell me it can't get any worse. Please.
Instead of leaving with a nigh-insurmountable five game lead on the Pirates, or even a very sturdy three game lead, the Cards now escape PNC Park
with a slim one game lead in the wild card race. They also leave the Steel City with an injured catcher and, frankly, what should be some severely bruised egos.
I really expected the Cardinals to come out last night with some honest-to-god fire in their bellies after Yadier Molina was taken out the night before. But, no. Not at all. The Redbirds got shut out for the second day in a row, this time by Wandy Rodriguez, aka that one guy who was pretty good for, like, two years a couple years back, remember?
So, after winning game one of an enormous series, the Cardinals played eighteen more innings of baseball. In those eighteen innings, they:
- Scored zero runs.
- Collected just ten hits.
- Walked only four times. (And three of those were Jon Jay.)
- Managed one extra base hit. (Also Jon Jay.)
That's right, kids. One goddamned extra base hit. In eighteen innings.
The game last night has to be the low point of the season, right? I mean, it can't possibly get any worse.