Game 6: Pirates 3, Cardinals 1

Once again the Cardinals find themselves on the wrong side of the runs column. It’s beginning to be a regular thing these days. Now 2-4 to start the season. The last Cardinals’ team that I found that started 2-4 was the 2007 version. I think it’s interesting to note that both of those teams lacked their ace. In game 1 of that 2007 season the Cardinals lost Chris Carpenter, it would be the only start he made all season. The 2007 Cardinals finished third, just 7 games out of a playoff spot and were battling for the division lead at the beginning of September. It was a three team race in 2007, much like it’s expected to be this year in the NL Central.
Time for my all positive thoughts… Nothing negative here.
Chris Carpenter put up another impressive start. Didn’t get into the 7th inning, as I prefer starting pitchers do, but 6 innings with 1 earned run (thank you Mr. Pujols) is still pretty good.
Colby Rasmus, though he went 0-for-4, nearly hit what would have been the go-ahead home run in the bottom of the 5th (or maybe 6th, not writing these right after the game decays my mental notes). The ball was caught at the warning track with guys on first and third. That would have been a big burst of offense and Rasmus has probably been the team’s best player through the first six days of the season. If he can keep it up once Pujols gets back on track, watch out, this team could be potent.
Daniel Descalso was sweet at the hot corner today. Who knew he had an arm? Twice he made a great play to gun out a guy at first and I’m not even sure Freese could have made those plays. 
The team will now get a much needed day off and hopefully back on track Friday against the Giants as they play the next nine straight days on a west coast swing. It would be nice to see Holliday back and available to pinch hit this weekend, though I’ll admit that I’m not up on the latest on him.
Hero of the Game: Nobody but Carpenter is exceptionally deserving. So Chris Carpenter it is. (6.0 IP, 8 H, 0 BB, 1 ER, 6 K)
Zero of the Game: Everyone was about equally bad today. Two guys that stick out to me would be Descalso or Jason Motte. Descalso left 4 men on base, despite going 1-for-4, but he had some slick defensive plays that saved at least one run. Motte came in in the late innings and let Pittsburgh tack one more run on the board. I’m thinking I’m going to lean Jason Motte, when the offense is struggling, gotta keep the runs off the board. (1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 1 ER, 0 K)