This is a late update; but the Cardinals lost to the Atlanta Braves yesterday, in extra-innings, with a score of 6-3. I wish I could write some more in-depth articles on the Cardinals' season (other than game updates); but the fact is, there is nothing to dissect, or analyze. The team is a long-shot to make the wild-card, and the division race isn't even close. Other than Albert Pujols' milestone (becoming the first player to hit 30+ HR, 100+ RBI, and .300+ BA, for ten seasons in a row) , and Adam Wainwrights Cy-Young consideration, there won't be a lot to discuss until the off-season gets underway.
But about last night... Starting pitcher Jake Westbrook had a somewhat solid outing (compared to most of his starts so far with the Cards), he only gave up 2 runs (both earned), and had 3 strike-outs. He gave up 7 hits in his 6 innings, and also had 5 BB.
Dennys Reyes took over for Westbrook, and he continues to struggle (after just recently returning from injury). Reyes gave up a home-run in the 7th inning to Jason Heyward. Jason Motte finished the inning for Reyes; Motte gave up a hit, but was able to get out of the inning without causing any damage. Ryan Franklin and Kyle McClellan pitched two innings each, and they were perfect, other than a walk given up by McClellan. Mitchell Boggs lost the game in the 12th inning, after giving up a 3-run bomb to Alex Gonzalez.
At the plate, the bats were cold for the most part. Brendan Ryan was the only Cardinal to get multiple hits (2-for-5), and Pujols got all three of the Cardinals' RBI's, which put him over 100 RBI's on the season. Two of his RBI's came in the 6th inning, when he doubled with Skip Shumaker and Ryan on base. His third RBI came in the 8th inning when he scored Brendan Ryan (for Ryan's second run of the game) off of a single.
The pitching was pretty solid, outside of Boggs and Reyes, but the bats just couldn't get it done. Nothing new to see here, this game was just another typical game for the 2010 Cardinals.