(BaseballStL) -- A doubleheader against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday gave the St. Louis Cardinals an opportunity to snap a losing streak, break out from an offensive slump and give themselves a little space in the standings.
It was another opportunity spoiled for the lifeless Cardinals.
The losing streak jumped from four to six games after losing both games, the hitting slump ran a little deeper and the division lead became a trail.
The Cardinals mailed in another performance in Game 1 similar to the previous four games played on this road trip. One run on six hits and five walks in a 2-1, 11-inning loss.
The Game 1 loss included zero hits in 18 at-bats combined from leadoff man Matt Carpenter, cleanup hitter Carlos Beltran, power bat Matt Adams and defensive-minded Daniel Descalso.
Other low-lights in Game 1 include: 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position, Allen Craig extending his hitless streak and Matt Holliday grounding into a double play with runners on the corners to end the 10th inning.
Things wouldn’t improve in the Cardinals’ second chance to turn things around on Tuesday night.
The Cardinals managed only three hits in seven innings pitched by rookie starter Brandon Cumpton, who last pitched in the majors on June 15, in Game 2
The offensive low-lights from Game 2 include: scoring zero runs, going 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position, Allen Craig going 0-for-4 to extend his hitless streak to 22 at-bats.
It was a miserable doubleheader to say the least as the Cardinals combined to hit .130 (9-for-69) and score one run in 20 innings played.
The horrific road trip continues tomorrow night in Pittsburgh, and down 1.5 games in the standings.