The Cardinals Major League Notebook 06/09

The Cardinals' 5-2 loss to the Rockies on Monday capped a four-game sweep by the Rockies in which Colorado outscored the Cardinals, 33-9.

"We're having a heck of a time," said manager Tony La Russa. "Got to fight through it. There's no magic formula."

The Cardinals finished the four-game series with just two hits in 22 at-bats (.091) with men in scoring position. The club was just 7-for-57 (.123) with men in scoring position for the homestand, during which the Cardinals lost six of eight games.

"There are all kinds of explanations and excuses," said La Russa. "But nobody down deep cares.

"Our at-bats are not good enough. And I recognize at-bats like that because I had a career full of them." La Russa was a .199 career hitter in the majors.

La Russa said he might consider moving Colby Rasmus into the cleanup spot behind Albert Pujols but was reluctant to put too much pressure on the rookie.

ROCKIES 5, CARDINALS 2: The Cardinals wrapped up a four-game series sweep by Colorado at Busch Stadium -- the first time the Rockies had ever done that. The Cards led only one time in the series, scoring two runs on the same sacrifice fly in the first inning of the third game. On Monday, the Cardinals had just one hit with a man in scoring position -- a two-out single by Brendan Ryan that scored a run in the seventh.

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