Offense abandons Cardinals in NLCS loss

Offense abandons Cardinals in NLCS loss

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Offense abandons Cardinals in NLCS loss

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by Scott Bierman / BaseballStL

KMOV.com

Posted on October 23, 2012 at 1:17 AM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 23 at 1:24 AM

SAN FRANCISCO (BaseballStL) -- The Cardinals scored only one run in the final three games of the National League Championship Series. 

In a game of streaks, the Cardinals found themselves in one of the coldest trends at the worst possible time with needing only one win to advance to the World Series.  Although the 9-0 loss to the Giants in Game 7 is still fresh, it is hard to comprehend how the Cardinals could fall flat offensively in the final three games of the series.

The Cardinals were only able to produce one hit in 21 at-bats with runners in scoring position in the final three games.  The team also managed to get 19 hits compared to the Giants’ 29 in the span.

“We have got to put something on the board and our offense has potential to do it and we have done it all season,” manager Mike Matheny said following the loss.  “But you have short runs like this sometimes, it's a tough game.  And it's about the team that is hot, and we went on a cold streak.  We got to this point by being that team that was hot and taking advantage of opportunities.”

The Cardinals had a chance to break the game open against Matt Cain early but went hitless in six at-bats with runners in scoring position -- a main ingredient for a loss.

The lack of a strong offensive effort put a lot of the burden on the starting pitchers.  The team’s bullpen was also called upon to eat a lot of innings with only one starter pitching more than six innings in a single game in the entire series.

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