Game 21 Recap: Cardinals 5, Braves 3

A tough night at the Ted. A night when nothing really went our way.

"Tonight is the worst luck that I've seen for us in a long time," Braves right fielder Jeff Francoeur said. "Vazquez threw awesome. That's baseball. They got four hits in the same spot it seemed, right over [Braves shortstop Yunel] Escobar's head. Four straight times. They kind of just chinked us to death."

I would support the "chinked us to death" theory.

Javier Vazquez had that one bad inning syndrome thing we had heard so much about when he came over here, though, like Frenchy said, it wasn't like they hit him hard or anything.

We got some runners on late in the game, but couldn't muster a timely hit. That's not surprising, seeing how our offense has performed lately.

I will repeat my insistance that Jordan Schafer move to the leadoff spot. I know he's leading the team in strikeouts, but he's also leading the team in walks. He walked thrice on Wednesday night and finally got on the board with a stolen base. I'm not saying that will solve everything, but that would allow us to move Kelly or Yunel down in the order where they can use their power more effectively, and perhaps that would let Kelly relax.

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