Cardinals-Reds: The Celebration For Redbird Fans Doesn't Last Long

Brian McDowellCorrespondent IJuly 4, 2009

CINCINNATI - JULY 04:  Brad Thompson #48 of the St. Louis Cardinals is pictured during the game against the Cincinnati Reds  on July 4, 2009 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Fans of the St. Louis Cardinals should have known that their holiday celebration would be short lived. After three impressive wins in a row, the Cardinals got back to regular form today, continuing their maddening yo-yo of a season, with an embarrassing 5-2 loss to the Cincinatti Reds. Besides a home-run by Colby Rasmus and some clever base-running by Pujols, there wasn't much in this game that any could instill pride or patriotism to any citizen of Cardinal nation on this Independence Day.

Brad Thompson, who usually displays grit and guts that I admire,  put his future as a starting pitcher for St. Louis  in unfortunate jeopardy with his horrible start today. He allowed five runs in five innings. Even the Reds' starter, Micah Owings, got a home-run off the increasingly incompetent Thompson. It will be interesting to see what the general management of the Cardinals does when Kyle Lohse is back to full speed. I'd suggest keeping Thompson around and finding a new place to put Wellemeyer, but games like the one today could doom that scenario.

Chris Duncan unsurprisingly didn't get any hits and struck out twice. Pujols was only walked once, and went 1 for 3.. Yadier Molina made a rare costly throwing error. Schumaker continues to hit really well, and Thurston continues to do really terribly. Both this loss and Milwaukee's blowout win today means that the Cardinals are tied with the Brewers for head of the Central division.