(BaseballStL) — The Cardinals offense continued its ugly slide Monday night when the Royals held the Birds scoreless to prevail 6-0.
St. Louis has not scored in 20 innings, and not posted more than four hits in the last three games. Matt Holliday recorded two of the three Cardinal hits, and walked once to reach base three out of four at bats. Randal Grichuk hit a single in the bottom of the ninth, and that was the sum total of the St. Louis attack.
“That isn’t how we’re going to win games,” Mike Matheny said at the podium. “We’ve had lots of meetings, we’ve had the conversations we need to have. We jut have to keep working through it. What we’re doing now isn’t going to work and they know that- we all do. We just have to get better. That’s all there is.”
Royals starter Danny Duffy dismantled the Cardinal bats, tossing six innings of one-hit baseball while striking out five. Coming into the contest St. Louis was hitting .237 against lefty starters and .231 against all lefties.
For his part, Shelby Miller matched Duffy through six. He held KC to three hits and no runs until the seventh, but things got away in a hurry.
After a leadoff homer by Alex Gordon to open the frame, Miller gave up a single to Salvador Perez to follow. A wild pitch moved him out of double play danger, and an infield single followed.
Then Miller threw wild again, moving both men up 90 feet and taking away the threat of a double play once more.
Mike Moustakas doubled into center field to score both and give the Royals a 3-0 lead heading into the bottom half of the seventh.
Miller put the loss on his shoulders after the game, but unless the Cardinal staff could hold the Royals scoreless for the rest of eternity, there wasn’t a way to avoid the loss.
“It’d be nice if we could put our finger on it and fix it,” Matheny said of the stagnant offensive output.
They will need to find an answer soon, as the club is now two games above .500 and five full games back of the Brewers in the division.
After Kansas City, the Cardinals head to Toronto. The Blue Jays hold a four game lead in the AL East and MLB win leader Mark Buehrle will be waiting Saturday.