(BaseballStL) – If you fell asleep before the seventh inning in Wednesday night’s Cardinals-Padres late game, then you’re lucky because you didn’t witness the beat down the Cards endured at the hands of a team well below the .500 mark.
“It was probably our ugliest loss of the year. That’s the best way to describe it,” said manager Mike Matheny, “Just a bad game, that’s it. We had a bad game.”
The worst thing going for the Redbirds through the first six innings was their inability to score any runs. It took them 10.2 innings before the Cards scored their only run at the hands of a would-be double play that Peter Bourjos beat out.
They had shaky defense as a fly ball dropped in between Kolten Wong and Oscar Taveras that led to a Padres run, but the seventh inning the relievers and defense broke down allowing 8 runs to a Padres team that ranks dead last in runs scored among the 15 NL teams.
Want to know who ranks 14th? The St. Louis Cardinals. In the last 27.0 innings, the Redbirds have scored three total runs.
But then the nightmare bottom half of the seventh happened. Jhonny Peralta let a double play ball go through his legs. Bourjos dove for a ball just out of his reach that cleared the bases full of runners. Ground ball maniac Seth Maness allowed 4 runs in 0.2 innings including a homer to Will Venable.
We have to be realistic here,” Matheny added, “that’s not the kind of baseball we play here. It was terrible. Take any aspect of today and it was off.”
The box score will show the Cardinals made no errors, but their play reflected numerous mental errors of a team thick in a race for the top spot in the NL central.
“You can’t make as many mistakes as we made today,” he said, “It was amazing that it says zero in the errors up there, because we made mistakes everywhere possible. It was just a rough day.”
With this loss, the Cardinals fall into third place, 2.5 games behind the Brewers and 0.5 behind the Pirates.
“We just can’t start letting people read more into this, at least in our clubhouse. Walk away from it. Figure out a way to complete change it tomorrow,” Matheny continued, “Nothing needs to be said today. Everybody in there knows that was ugly.”