The one thing we could count on in this stretch of tumult was ol' 44. Mr. Reliable. The Stopper. Ed Mujica.
Then he came in and gave up the big fly to recovering energy drink addict Josh Hamilton. Worse, the guy on first was one Jose Alberto Pujols who minutes before had just gotten his first hit of the series with a broken bat single.
Pujols played poorly (1-11/1BB/3SO). He came through when it counted. He knocked Adam Wainwright out of the game. And his team won the series.
The rational you would like to mention that this is Mujica's first loss of the season and that even the best closers are going to yack up a few saves now and again.
The irrational you would like to mention that the Cardinals are now 3-7 in their last 10. Have lost their past 3 series and split another 2 game set with one of the worst teams in baseball.
Also? Missed an opportunity to gain a game on the Pirates... It's just another symptom of a team gripping hard.