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Cardinals Bats Go Cold in 6-0 Loss to Nationals

Though the Cardinals lost, it was a pretty cool afternoon for Yadi.

MLB: Washington Nationals at St. Louis Cardinals Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

After scoring 14 runs the night before — including nine in one inning — St. Louis’s flipped the switch this afternoon, as they were shut out, 6-0, in Wednesday’s rubber game.

With Wednesday’s loss, the Cardinals are an even .500 — six wins & six losses — through the first two weeks of the regular season.

The Cardinals had four hits and drew three walks on Wednesday, stranding seven runners on base after going 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position and striking out a dozen times. Adam Wainwright turned in five innings and allowed four of Washington’s six runs. Jordan Hicks, Ryan Helsley, Giovanny Gallegos, and Alex Reyes each logged an inning in relief of Waino. It was nice to see Hicks hit triple digits this afternoon:

Perhaps the best thing to come out of this game was a milestone moment for Yadier Molina. Yadi became the only player to catch 2,000 games with the same team, and the players, coaches, and fans gave the 38-year-old a nice round of applause. Just like Molina has done so many times for former Cardinals (he did it just last week, for Brewers second baseman Kolten Wong), Wainwright stood behind the mound several moments, and encouraged the crowd to really get into it.

The Cardinals are off on Thursday and will travel east, to Philadelphia, to take on the Phillies over the weekend.