ST. LOUIS The Cardinals finished April with a 14-8 record and will be in first place when the calendar flips to May come Tuesday. But with that comes the sting of several losses similar to Sunday that kept them from having a potentially historic month.
The Cardinals lost 3-2 to the Milwaukee Brewers Sunday, missing on a chance to sweep the division champs by running into the final out at home plate on a botched double-steal attempt.
The puzzling ending came after the Cardinals left 13 runners on base, went 2-for-14 with runners in scoring position and saw starter Jaime Garcia potentially forfeit two runs by not getting a bunt down in the second inning and not scoring on a fly ball to center in the fifth.
"When you have that many opportunities, it's hard to swallow that," said manager Mike Matheny.
The Cardinals have already lost four one-run games, adding to the pain of Sunday's late-inning defeat. They suffered a walk-off loss on April 11 in Cincinnati, followed by two more w...