For Pete's Sake

Cardinals player trips on way to the plate and St. Louis’ playoff chances take a hit

The St. Louis Cardinals opened a three-game series this week with the Brewers with a chance to jump the Brewers in the standings and potentially lock up a playoff spot.

Instead, the Brewers swept the Cardinals at Busch Stadium and left St. Louis needing help to make the postseason.

Wednesday’s 2-1 loss included a gut punch in the eighth inning.

Down a run, the Cardinals had pinch runner Adolis Garcia at first base with two outs when a pair of players who were once in the Royals organization faced off. Brewers pitcher Jeremy Jeffress induced a slower grounder from St. Louis’ Jose Martinez. Mike Moustakas, the former Royals’ third baseman, gloved the ball and threw past first baseman Travis Shaw.

Garcia raced around the bases and seemed likely to score. However, Garcia stumbled when he rounded third base and was tagged out at the plate by (would you believe it?) another former Royal, Erik Kratz.

“I know he feels horrible,” pitcher Adam Wainwright told Benjamin Hochman of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “It’s baseball — it’s the guy we wanted out there running, because he’s a blazer. He can fly. When you look at Adolis, that’s the (play) everybody’s going to point to. But we were in a situation where we’re facing two of the best relievers in the game. And we had one run (scored) and only two hits. The blame certainly can’t be put right all on Adolis. We love that guy.”

St. Louis is now a game behind the Dodgers for the second wild-card spot with three games to play.