Saturday, July 12, 2008

A truly sickening defeat

This could be the one that sends us into a bad tailspin. Leading 10-4 heading into the bottom of the eighth, the cardinals bullpen gave-up two runs in the eighth and four in the ninth to let the game into extra innings. Glaus led-off the tenth with a solo home run, but the lead was again surrendered, this time permanently with Perez giving up a two-run shot to Michaels. The Cardinals blew TWO saves to bring their major-league leading total to 22, but really four different pitchers tried to hold the lead and failed. Franklin, Izzy, McClellen, and Perez in that order. They won't the only ones to blame though (just the MAIN culprits). The offense banged-out a season-high 22 hits, but left 12 men on base (including six by Wellenmeyer in the 8 hole - still think that's a good idea Tony?). They also hit into 3 DPs, and had a runner thrown out at home. All these things left a comeback by the Pirates within reach when it really shouldn't have been. Still, no excuse for the bullpen. We have to win those types of games. The Cubs did today, we didn't, and that's why were behind them right now.


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