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St. Louis Cardinals

Stadium: Busch Stadium | Manager: Mike Matheny
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Cardinals can't find a clutch hit

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The Cardinals' offense is off to a slow start.

St. Louis scored three runs or fewer for the fourth consecutive game Monday. The Cardinals couldn't put the hammer down on Pittsburgh starter Charlie Morton, who was 2-12 with a 7.57 ERA last year.

In six innings against Morton, the Cardinals drew five walks and had just three hits but scored only once. They shoved across two runs against the Pittsburgh bullpen in the eighth inning but fell short for the third time in four games, 4-3.

The smallest crowd in the six-season history of new Busch Stadium still was a respectable announced attendance of 32,007, although there were only about 21,000 people actually in the park.

For four games, one of which they won, the Cardinals have tallied 11 runs. But shortstop Ryan Theriot said, "We've got at least 158 games left."

The Cardinals were 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position Monday, overriding a night in which the St. Louis infield, at all positions, played stellar defense.

The only hit with men in scoring position came off the bat of Lance Berkman, who knocked in his first run as a Cardinal with a single in the eighth. But David Freese and Yadier Molina both struck out with the tying run at second.

Freese had a particularly rough night, going 0-for-4, striking out twice, grounding into a double play and getting robbed of a hit on a grounder up the middle.

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