Game Log: Inept offense dooms Cardinals in 3-1 loss to Padres

Game Log: Inept offense dooms Cardinals in 3-1 loss to Padres

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SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 29: Home plate umpire Tony Randazzo makes the call after Matt Carpenter #13 of the St. Louis Cardinals was tagged out at the plate by Rene Rivera #44 of the San Diego Padres during the fifth inning of a baseball game at Petco Park July 29, 2014 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

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by Elizabeth Eisele / BaseballStL | @elizabetheisele

KMOV.com

Posted on July 29, 2014 at 10:10 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 30 at 1:08 AM

(BaseballStL) – Allen Craig had the opportunity to tie the game with one swing in the eighth inning, but indicative of the Cardinals night, it didn't produce anything but an out on the scoreboard.

However, Petco Park denied the struggling Redbird. With Jhonny Peralta on first, Craig drove a fly ball to the deepest part of center field that, similar to Matt Adams in the third, fell just short as the Padres' center fielder Alexi Amarista hauled the ball in denying the right fielder of a homer.

Daniel Descalso was hit by the pitch in the ninth and Peter Bourjos came in to pinch run, but he was left stranded at second as the Cards were unable to produce any other offense against the Padres pitching staff.

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Lance Lynn had trouble with his command in the sixth that lead to another run for the Padres and the lead.

Two walks to start the inning came around to bite Lynn. With two outs, Rena Rivera singled home the go ahead run. 

He loaded the bases once more with another walk and two outs. Then on the following batter, Yasmani Grandel, Lynn ran the count to 3-0 before coming back four straight fastballs to get the Padre to strike out. 

Coming off the mound, Lynn was visibly frustrated.

Jason Motte came in the seventh inning in relief of Lynn and gave up a homer with two outs to extend the Padres lead to 3-1.

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The Cardinals came roaring back in the fifth as Kolten Wong made up for his error with his own RBI to tie the game.

Lance Lynn poked his second hit of the season past third base and then hustled, sliding into third on a double from Matt Carpenter. Then Wong's sacrifice fly to center allowed Lynn to score, knotting the game at one. Carpenter moved up to third on the play as well.

Carpenter then ran home on a chopper to third from Matt Holliday, but the throw beat him. Manager Mike Matheny argued the catcher blocked the plate and didn't give Carpenter a lane to run. But upon a review initiated by the umpires, the call was confirmed.

Matt Adams then ripped a shot past the first baseman that allowed Holliday to make it to third, but Jhonny Peralta grounded out to end the Cards chances for another run.

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Trouble brewed for Lance Lynn and the Redbirds in the bottom half of the third due to a costly error from an unlikely spot.

Kolten Wong threw a ground ball well away from Matt Adams at first, giving the Padres a runner to begin the inning. Lynn struck out his counterpart Ross, but a line drive into center gave the Padres runners on first and third with only one out.

And a sacrifice fly gave the Padres the first run of the night, but it is the only run they would score in the inning.

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San Diego Padres starter Tyson Ross has given up five walks in just three innings of work, but runs have eluded the Cardinals as they’ve been unable to capitalize.

The biggest disappointed came in the third inning, with Matt Carpenter and Matt Holliday on the bases from walks with Big City Matt Adams coming up to the plate.

He drove a long  fly ball into right field that fell just short and left the Redbirds again without any runs. 

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