The offense stopped hitting, the starting pitchers couldn't even make it to the fifth inning and the St. Louis Cardinals kicked the ball around in the field.
Throw in a quirky, broken-bat grounder that inexplicably changed directions at a most inopportune time and it all added up a crushing postseason collapse.
After two postseasons of being a team that refused to be eliminated, the Cardinals were unable to close out San Francisco on three straight tries, losing 9-0 to the Giants in Game 7 of the NL championship series Monday night.
''We made a lot of mistakes and they didn't make any,'' outfielder Carlos Beltran said. ''They took advantage of those. They were able to put things together, offense, pitching, defense, and we couldn't do that. I think that was the difference.''
Along with that odd play in the third inning that still had the Cardinals shaking their heads in disbelief in the losing clubhouse.
The Giants led 2-0 at the time and had knocked out Kyle Lohse by loading t...