The Cardinals’ calendar flipped from April to May as they finished up their game with the Reds following a long rain delay. The Cards couldn’t get anything going after the delay and lost 3-2. The delay lasted for about 2 1/2 hours and when the lights went out at Busch, it was after midnight. So, April showers brought us May baseball a little early. The showers also gave the Reds a little bit of an advantage in the sixth when they plated two runs to take a 3-2 lead.
Lightning, thunder, and hard rain all combined to make conditions tough in the top of the sixth, but the game continued until the inning was over. Brad Penny took the loss despite throwing well. He went six innings and gave up three runs. His ERA now stands at 1.56. Johnny Cueto got the win after pitching five innings. Both teams were silent after the storm and the final score was the same as before the delay.
A strange night in St. Louis ended the Cards’ five-game winning streak and extended the Reds’ streak to five. The Cards will try to end Cincy’s hot streak today at 12:10 CDT. Late night and early turnaround should make for an interesting contest. Two struggling pitchers face off, too. Kyle Lohse and Homer Bailey have yet to find a rhythm or the win column in 2010 and both have sky-high ERAs. Lohse sits at 6.55 and Bailey at 7.06. We’ll see if one breaks out or if the offenses have a party in St. Louis.