St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Rafael Furcal gets a glove on a ball off the bat of Los Angeles Dodgers Adam Kennedy but drops it good for a single in the second inning at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on July 23, 2012. UPI/Bill Greenblatt
ST. LOUIS (BaseballStL) – Sometimes all it takes is one inning to trash a team’s chance of winning. On Monday, the second inning was that inning for the Cardinals.
It started with an error by first baseman Lance Berkman on a ground ball to put the leadoff hitter, Andre Ethier, on base – it could have been out No. 1. Cardinals starter Joe Kelly got the next hitter to line out to Skip Schumaker and threw a wild pitch to Adam Kennedy in the next at bat to advance Ethier to second base.
Kennedy would eventually single on a pop up to left field when Rafael Furcal tried to make an over-the-shoulder catch. Furcal dropped the ball after initially having it in his glove – it could have been out No. 2.
With two runners on and only one out, Luis Cruz homered to put the Dodgers on top 3-1. It was the only mistake of the night for Kelly and one that cost the Cardinals the game.
Now with that said, it was not Kelly’s fault for Monday’s 5-3 loss. Not only was the lack of defense in the second a factor it was also the lack of hitting with runners in scoring position – an issue from last week. The Cardinals went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position on Monday.
Kelly has given the Cardinals a chance to win in each of his eight starts this season, but yet he is only 1-2 with a 2.78 ERA. Needless to say this guy deserves better.