Cardinals Recap: Errors cost St. Louis a win


The St. Louis Cardinals have an uncharacteristically bad outing Friday against the San Diego Padres. Co-editor Steve Ungrey examines the outcome.

When Rich Eisen used to appear on ESPN’s Sportscenter telecasts, he would often describe a throwing error as a case of “yoikes…. and away.”

That phrase was made popular by the Daffy Duck cartoon “Robin Hood Daffy.” Fans of the St. Louis Cardinals might wonder if they went Looney Tunes in the fifth inning.

A perfectly good start to the series against the San Diego Padres was ruined when the Cardinals committed three errors in one inning and fell 9-3 Friday night at Petco Park.

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St. Louis (77-44) remains 4 1/2 games ahead of the red-hot Pittsburgh Pirates and 7 1/2 games ahead of the surging Chicago Cubs.


*John Lackey actually looked solid through the first five innings as St. Louis held a 1-0 lead. He struck out seven batters in six innings of work but allowed four earned runs.

*Jhonny Peralta had three of the Cardinals’ eight hits but did not drive in any runs.

*Tommy Pham looked solid Friday, as he and teammate Mark Reynolds each collected two hits.


*The fifth inning. Reynolds and Stephen Piscotty each committed throwing errors in the fifth, and Kolten Wong was charged with an error on a missed catch. St. Louis usually does not have a case of the yips this bad, but it completely undermined Lackey’s game.

*Carlos Villanueva completely imploded in one inning of work as he gave up four earned runs in the eighth inning.

All told, it was a terrible night for St. Louis and not the game it needs to have if it wants to hold off Pittsburgh and Chicago.


Carlos Martinez (12-5, 2.78) takes the hill as the Cardinals play an 8:40 p.m. game Saturday. He will face Ian Kennedy (7-11, 4.20) in the middle game of this set.