If you thought Thursday’s game was bad, Saturday’s was worse. Ugly is about the only word I have to describe what happened.
Thanks to Allen Craig, who picked up where Holliday left off, the Cardinals scored a pair of runs on his two-out double in the bottom of the first. But Padres worked Jake Westbrook hard all afternoon. He had thrown 51 pitches by the end of the second inning. In the second inning, Chase Headley tripled in a pair of runs to tie up the game.
Albert Pujols said no, when he led off the bottom of the third with his first hit of the season. A solo shot. But that could be all the Cardinals could muster while the Padres continued to dominate Westbrook.
The Padres added another in the top of the fourth and then broke it open for what LaRussa would call a crooked number in the top of the 5th. In the end, the Cardinals pitchers had trouble throwing strikes and a fielding error by Theriot, his second error in as many games, cost the Cardinals.
If one game with a severe lack of fundamentals wasn’t enough to panic, is two? Two games into this season and the Cardinals are still showing all the same issues we point out as things that killed their chances last season.
We can only hope that Jaime Garcia has put his Spring Training struggles behind him tomorrow and can pitch a gem. Because that’s what we’ll need to win, but if you ask Chris Carpenter, even that’s not a guarantee.
Hero of the Game: Tough to call this one, but it’s between Albert Pujols and Allen Craig. I will give Albert Pujols some love for breakout out of his 0-for-6 to start the season in style. So it goes to Albert Pujols (2-for-4, 1 HR, 1 RBI)
Zero of the Game: This one was pretty easy. Jake Westbrook gets it. (4.1 IP, 6 H, 5 BB, 3 K, 8 ER)