The Cardinals got a short burst of offense, a shorter bench before the game and the shortest start of the season from Michael Wacha.
It seems only the list of their issues gets longer.
By blending inefficient pitching with pedestrian offense, the Cardinals had one of their most irrepressibly dull games in years and lost 9-4 to the Dodgers. An early three-run lead drowned in the sludge rolling off a team too thin on offense and occasionally thick on defense to overcome anything without superior pitching. When they don’t get that, they haven’t had much. A crowd of 38,466 dispersed by the time Yadier Molina’s solo home run landed in the eighth inning, and far more were gone when the interminable 3-hour, 55-minute game ended as the lengthiest nine-inning meander in Busch Stadium III history.