Saturday night was yet another poignant reminder of how poorly things have gone for the St. Louis Cardinals.
Jordan Montgomery gave them 6.2 innings of one-run ball and kept them in the game.
However, one run spelled their doom against the Los Angeles Dodgers, as Clayton Kershaw proved to be even better.
St. Louis lost in excruciating fashion, falling 1-0 to the Dodgers.
However, there were some moments where some questionable decisions were made.
Though Dylan Carlson had picked up a hit, the Cardinals had Nolan Gorman on the bench in the top of the ninth inning with a runner on and two outs.
Manager Oli Marmol chose to stick with Carlson.
On Twitter, Cardinals writer Josh Jacobs called out Marmol for his decision making.
Marmol on keeping Dylan in for the last at-bat…
“At some point, you gotta find out.”
Sorry, but the time to find out is not down 1-0, on your last out, during the midst of a historically bad start to the season with your best hitter against RHP waiting on the bench. #STLCards https://t.co/mmlcX7vVzJ
— Joshua Jacobs (@joshjacoMLB) April 30, 2023
Gorman has been off to a torrid start this season, especially against right-handed pitchers.
The 22-year-old is hitting .279 with six home runs, 22 RBI, and a .917 OPS.
With a right-hander on the mound in Brusdar Graterol, it was a perfect spot for Marmol to use Gorman.
However, he opted to stick with Carlson, who grounded out to end the game and hand St. Louis their fourth straight series loss.
The Cardinals have not won a series since April 10-12 against the Colorado Rockies.
They now sit eight games below .500, which is a situation they have not found themselves in since 2007.
That year, the Cardinals finished below .500.
The team has not finished under .500 since then.
But with the team off to such a tough start, a jolt was needed in the ninth inning.
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