The Cardinals scored their two runs early, as Braden Looper hit an RBI single off Milwaukee starter Ben Sheets (2-2) in the second inning and Chris Duncan smacked a solo home run (his fifth of the season) in the third. It would be the last time the Cardinals would plate a run in the game.
Milwaukee had two huge outbursts of offense, the first coming in the fifth inning with Looper still on the mound. Centerfielder Bill Hall slammed a two-run double, left fielder Geoff Jenkins stroked an RBI single, and right fielder Kevin Mench hit a sacrifice fly to bring home the fourth run.
In the sixth inning, the game really got out of hand. Pitcher Ben Sheets led off the inning with a single and second baseman Rickie Weeks doubled in the next at-bat. With two on and no outs, shortstop J.J. Hardy hit a two-run double. First baseman Prince Fielder followed up with an RBI single of his own. After Hall struck out and catcher Johnny Estrada singled, Jenkins reached first on Albert Pujols' error. Mench grounded into a fielder's choice but brought home another run. After that, third baseman Tony Graffanino slammed a three-run home run.
In the bottom of the eighth, Jenkins hit a solo home run off of rookie pitcher Dennis Dove for the twelfth run of the game.
Despite the poor performance, Looper's ERA only increased to 2.84.
Albert Pujols' hitting streak is now at 10 games with two hits on Tuesday. Chris Duncan and Pujols both went 2-for-4 at the plate. Duncan and Looper had the only RBI. The Cardinals had nine hits, but four of those belonged to Duncan and Pujols. The others came off the bats of Looper, shortstop David Eckstein, second baseman Aaron Miles, catcher Yadier Molina, and pinch-hitter So Taguchi.
The Cardinals have now lost four games in a row, and their last win came against the struggling Cincinnati Reds. The season has been up and down, with quite a few downs. The team is still mourning the loss of Josh Hancock, but the stats back up how they have played so far this season as a whole. So far through April and one game in May, the Cardinals have:
-been swept four times
-have two losing streaks of four games
-have won four series
-have lost five series
-have been outscored 123-84 by opposing teams
-are 3-9 at home
-are 7-7 on the road
-are 0-3 against NL East teams
-are 10-11 against NL Central teams
-are 0-2 against NL West teams
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