The Cardinals' three-game sweep by the Reds at Cincinnati had some familiar themes.
A former Cardinal beat them. After left fielder Ryan Ludwick hit a 10th-inning homer to win Saturday's game for the Reds, 3-2, third baseman Scott Rolen delivered a two-run, two-out bases-loaded single to win Sunday night for Cincinnati, 4-2.
The bullpen failed. In each of the three losses, the Cardinals' bullpen faltered. After contributing to three runs in the seventh inning on Friday and right-hander Victor Marte tossing Ludwick's homer on Saturday, right-handed Mitchell Boggs allowed Rolen's game-winning single in the eighth on Sunday.
But, besides another familiar theme, Reds lefty Aroldis Chapman fanning eight hitters in three innings over three games, the main memory of the series will be the Cardinals' invisible offense. In three games, the Cardinals scored only seven runs. They didn't have a hit with men in scoring position in eight at-bats on Sunday.