Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Cards Blanked Again

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Cards Blanked Again

Article excerpt

If the season ended today, the Cardinals would be in the National League playoff field. But it surely doesn't feel that way. Or look that way.

There are four teams still scoreless in June. Three of them didn't play Monday. The Cardinals did, but they were shut out for the second straight day, falling 6-0 at Busch Stadium to the Kansas City Royals, who hadn't scored since Saturday, either.

The good news for the Cardinals, now 30-28 and 2-6 on this home stand, was that Shelby Miller didn't allow any stolen bases, or any runs, until the seventh, holding Kansas City to two singles over six. Unfortunately for the Cardinals, they had two singles over the first eight innings and only three all night.

Alex Gordon pounced on a 2-0 Miller fastball and drove it 417 feet over the Cardinals' bullpen in right field for his fifth home run to open a three-run seventh.

Salvador Perez singled and moved up on a wild pitch before Lorenzo Cain beat out a tapper to third baseman Matt Carpenter. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny challenged C.B. Bucknor's ruling at first, but the call was upheld by the technology at Major League Baseball headquarters.

The runners then moved up a base on another Miller wild pitch before Mike Moustakas, hitting .146, doubled to left center to make it a three-run inning.

Kansas City put together another three-run frame in the eighth against a trifecta of Miller, Randy Choate and Jason Motte.

Miller was pulled after allowing a leadoff hit to Omar Infante. Lefthander Choate, who hasn't allowed any of 14 inherited runners to score, got Eric Hosmer to pop up but walked Gordon, another lefthanded hitter.

Motte relieved to face righthanded-batting Perez, who singled to right center. Rookie Randal Grichuk, who was having a rough enough night with three strikeouts, booted the ball and both runners scored, with the slow-running Perez ending up at third.

Perez scored on Cain's sacrifice fly.

The Cardinals were blanked for the sixth time and part of a shutout for the 16th time in 58 games this season. They dropped to 5- 9 in games started by lefthanders, which sounds a lot like last year's travails. …

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