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Cardinals fall again as Padres complete sweep in San Diego

Sep 12, 2012, 9:25 PM EDT

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Kyle Lohse tallied a season-high eight strikeouts over six strong innings, but the Redbirds’ offense continued its prolonged slump on Wednesday in San Diego as the Padres completed a three-game sweep of the defending World Series champions.

Matt Holliday finished 0-for-4 and is now batting just .204 over his past 14 games. Yadier Molina went 0-for-3 and laid down an ill-advised sacrifice bunt with a runner on second base and no outs in the ninth inning, damaging the threat of a late comeback. That bunt call apparently did not come from manager Mike Matheny.

The Cardinals have dropped 11 of their last 15 games and hold just a half-game lead over the Dodgers for the National League’s second Wild Card spot. The hard-charging Phillies are just three games back, and the Pirates are still alive with a mere two-game deficit. Milwaukee is 3 1/2 games out.

St. Louis visits Chavez Ravine next for a huge four-game set. We’ve entered must-see baseball territory.

  1. manchestermiracle - Sep 12, 2012 at 9:30 PM

    How embarrassing for the Cards….

  2. baseballisboring - Sep 12, 2012 at 10:06 PM

    I’ve been waiting for the Cards to catch fire for months now and it just ain’t happening.

    I’m not a huge fan of the new playoff system…I think it devalues the regular season way too much. Atlanta has a 6 game lead in the Wild Card for god’s sake. But boy is it making the stretch run more interesting. I guess I don’t hate it as much as I thought I did…

    • dannythebisforbeast - Sep 13, 2012 at 1:05 AM

      the way the playoff games are laid out does,,but the second wildcard has definitely made it interesting. And here I didnt like it because i thought it would hurt the Phillies..go figure

      • baseballisboring - Sep 13, 2012 at 1:28 AM

        And I was afraid it was gonna hurt the Red Sox…and they’re not even close to the second spot, how ’bout that…

  3. ptfu - Sep 12, 2012 at 10:44 PM

    I’ve been waiting for the Padres to catch fire for months now and it’s finally happening! Of course, there’s nothing to play for but pride, and getting a leg up on jobs for next season.

    “San Diego has an NL-best 17-5 record since Aug. 19 and has taken 21 of its last 27 games at home.”

    They can avoid a losing record by winning 12 of their final 18 games, nearly all of which are division games. Difficult but not impossible, especially if LA and Milwaukee fall out of contention and give up. Naturally, they probably won’t and every game will be a bitter struggle.

    Hot streak or not, it’s amazing that the Padres are even within shouting distance of .500, given all their pitching injuries and lineup holes.

    • icanspeel - Sep 12, 2012 at 11:02 PM

      Yeah it has been an impressive turnaround for the Padres.. Probably came a little too late this year, but they may be a surprise team next year.

      • gloccamorra - Sep 12, 2012 at 11:32 PM

        17-5 is too short term to be considered anything but a fluke run. Same thing with that 41-25 record since June 29th, it’s just a good stretch, that’s all. Their last 15 games are against division/wildcard contenders. That will tell you how next year might go.

  4. chaser44 - Sep 12, 2012 at 11:29 PM

    Man oh man, what poetic justice would it be for the Phillies to overtake the Cards and get in the playoffs, make a run and win the world series. GO PHIGHTINS!!!

    • dannythebisforbeast - Sep 13, 2012 at 1:07 AM

      only poetic justice if they finish,,,dont say those two words..too soon

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