Cards’ offense shows life in loss

Cards’ offense shows life in loss

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Cards’ offense shows life in loss

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by BaseballStL Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on July 31, 2013 at 9:38 PM

(BaseballStL) -- Before it could be plastered on the side of a milk carton, the St. Louis Cardinals found part of its offense, which has been missing for nearly a week, in a 5-4 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Batting a disgusting .155 (30-for-194) and scoring only six runs through the first six games of the road trip, the Cardinals bats came alive for four runs and 13 hits but not enough to snap a six-game losing skid on Wednesday.

Pirates starter Jeff Locke took the brunt of the offensive ‘explosion’ (if you would call it that) as he allowed all four runs on 10 hits, which was one-third of the total hit by St. Louis in the previous six games combined. He was pulled in favor of a pinch hitter after throwing 89 pitches in four innings of work and his ERA climbed from 2.15 to 2.36.

As the Cardinals showed life offensively, so did Allen Craig who singled in the first inning to snap a 0-for-22 skid at the plate. It would be his only hit in five at-bats in the game.

Seven of the nine Cardinals starters registered a hit in the game. Only Tony Cruz and Pete Kozma failed to get a hit.

Five players (Jon Jay, Carlos Beltran, Matt Holliday, Daniel Descalso and Adam Wainwright) collected multiple hits. Holliday had a game-high three hits, including two RBI singles.

Everything wasn’t perfect, though. The offense was only existent when Locke was pitching for the Pirates. Three Pirates relievers combined to allow only three hits over the final five innings. The Cardinals showed signs of that offensive funk while striking out 11 times in the game.

While the Cardinals were able to rack up the hits, the team also failed to drive the runners in as they left 11 on base compared to the Pirates’ three.

In the end, the Cardinals batted .317 (13-for-41) on Wednesday. It’s the only positive to come from the seventh-straight loss.

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