Game Report: Padres 4, Cardinals 2

By Rob Rains

There is at least one aspect of the Cardinals’ performance at home this season which has been fairly consistent.

When they hit at least one home run, they generally win. When they don’t hit a home run, as was the case on Tuesday night against the Padres, they generally lose.

So far this season at Busch Stadium, the Cardinals are 2-11 when they do not hit a home run, and have now lost their last eight games in a row when that happens.

The Cardinals’ record at Busch in games in which do hit at least one homer is 18-4, including winning the last seven games when they homered at least once.

Here is how the game broke down:

At the plate: The Cardinals were just trying to get a hit, or a baserunner, for the first five innings as their first 15 batters were retired in order during the Padres bullpen start. Harrison Bader finally broke up the perfect game with an infield single leading off the sixth … The Cardinals scored both of their runs in the seventh, when they bunched singles by Matt Carpenter, Tommy Pham and Marcell Ozuna and a groundout by Yadier Molina … Their only other hit was a two-out single by Greg Garcia in the eighth.

On the mound: One bad inning sent Miles Mikolas to just his second loss of the season. He gave up three runs in the fourth, when the Padres had five of their seven hits, including a home run by Eric Hosmer, the first allowed at Busch in 46 innings this season by Mikolas, who retired 15 of the 16 hitters he faced in the other five innings he pitched … A leadoff double off Mike Mayers led to the final Padres run in the seventh … Jordan Hicks worked the last two innings, striking out four of the six hitters he faced.

Key stat: The Cardinals failed for a fourth time this year to reach nine games over .500. The last time they were nine games above .500 was on Sept. 22 of last year.

Worth noting: Luke Gregerson has been on the disabled list since May 16 because of a shoulder impingement, but he said Tuesday he also has undergone arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. He predicted he would be out four to six weeks … Paul DeJong continues to be able to field soft grounders using a splint on his left hand but has not been cleared to begin hitting as he recovers from a broken hand … The 2 hour, 25 minute game equaled the shortest game of the season for the Cardinals.

Looking ahead: Luke Weaver will get the start in the final game of the series on Wednesday night against the Padres. It will be the last game in a nine-game stretch against the three last –place teams in the NL and through the first eight the Cardinals have gone 4-4.

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