Well then. (Where do you even begin with a game like this?)
On a day when the Cards had a great chance to get back on track after the
terrible-horrible-no-good-very-bad series against the Brewers over the weekend, it went from bad to worse and then some, come the sixth inning.
That newly dreaded sixth inning.
Jaime Garcia had done his job, allowing two runs on eight hits through six. Not mind boggling, but solid. Certainly good enough for his 7th win on the year. Plus, he left with a 4-run lead. With only three innings to play, that should be enough. Right?
Now, in all honesty, the drama started in the fifth inning on back-to-back errors by everyone’s favorite short stop, Ryan Theriot. Up until that point, he was doing his fan club proud, with two hits and a run scored. But it was all for naught, once the error machine took over.
To his credit, he did start the inning-ending double play, and no runs were scored, but the fifth-inning struggles were only a sign of what was yet to come.
Garcia would likely have made it out of the sixth unscathed Â if Theriot would have fielded not one, but two ground balls that went down as infield singles. I’m really not sure what happened with Theriot, but neither play was made, and Garcia ended up charged with a run.
And instead of rallying to score some insurance runs, the bats went silent … as did Cardinal Nation when the bullpen call was made for the seventh.
Enter Miguel Batista. And, as it goes, a few lines in honor of The Poet who thought he could Pitch.
A Poem for the Poet — June 14
You walked to the mound
With just one task at hand:
Get through the seventh
Then give the young guns a chance.
Thank Lance for that catch
‘Cause it could have been trouble.
Nevermind. It’s a walk, single and
Werth scores on Z’s double.
Then not one, but two more
Round the bases to home
As we all wait on Tony
To pick up the phone!
But alas, it’s too late.
The damage is done
This game’s a hot mess
And you’re charged with the runs.
Not to be outdone, Trever Miller came in and hit the first batter he faced. Then a wild pitch scored Danny Espinosa. Finally, Motte came in, but even he couldn’t stop the bleeding without walking in the go-ahead run, giving the Nationals what would be the only lead they needed.
Jayson Werth singled in one more, just for good measure.
And there you have it — another late-game collapse, followed by zero offense in hopes of a comeback.
So who gets the blame for this one?
Is it Theriot for his botched efforts at short? Or Batista for his disaster of a game?
Or, I propose, does this one belong to TLR for leaving a guy in — yet again! — to get rocked and give up a significant lead?
Both Albert and Lance went yard early on, and the kid, Andrew Brown, got his first Major League hit and RBI. Even Colby, who has taken a lot of flack lately, had two hits, a run scored, and a solid play in center field.
But that’s just me trying to alleviate the pain of watching this one fall apart, yet again.
This is quite possibly the ugliest game of the year, and one we can only hope we don’t surpass.
But in other news, the Cubs beat the Brewers in walk-off fashion. So we’re still tied for first place for another day!