That euphoric feeling ensuing from the Cardinals scoring 17 runs, or 14 runs, both of which they have done in the past week, apparently is of the 24-hour variety.
When the Cardinals scored 17 in beating Pittsburgh last Thursday, they scored two runs in the next two games, both losses. After the Cardinals scored 14 runs in beating Atlanta at SunTrust Park on Tuesday, they failed to score Wednesday, falling 4-0 to Braves right-hander Mike Soroka, whom they were facing for the first time.
This was the 10th loss in 13 games for the Cardinals, who have scored one run or none in seven of those games.
Soroka, who hasn't allowed more than one earned run in any of his six starts this season, allowed three hits, walked three and hit one over seven innings. Two of the walks and the hit batsman came in the third inning, an inning Soroka escaped when Paul Goldschmidt grounded sharply into a double play.
Soroka departed after seven innings and right-hander Dan Winkler relieved to throw seven straight balls to Matt Carpenter and Goldschmidt, with Winkler slipping and falling on ball three to Goldschmidt.
With the mound a bit wet, the grounds crew was summoned and spent five minutes adding dirt. When play resumed, Winkler threw another ball, walking Goldschmidt, too, and Atlanta manager Brian Snitker had seen enough.
Right-hander Luke Jackson emerged and quickly closed down the inning by getting Paul DeJong to rap into a double play and fanning Marcell Ozuna.
The Braves were the only National League team Cardinals starter Michael Wacha never had beaten and he still hasn't in three decisions. Wacha played a big part in the Braves going ahead 1-0 in the third.
Ronald Acuna Jr., had much to do with it, too, as he stole second base after singling to left to lead off the inning. Wacha walked Freddie Freeman with one out and froze Josh Donaldson on a third strike changeup.
But with the Cardinals' defense shifted toward right for left-handed-batting Nick Markakis, Acuna took off for third, Wacha stepped off the rubber and tried to lead third baseman Carpenter, who was scrambling back to the bag. But Wacha threw the ball in the outfield and Acuna scored the first run.
Atlanta moved ahead 2-0 in the fourth as rookie Austin Riley, just brought up from Triple-A Gwinnett, drilled a 90-mph high fastball by Wacha 438 feet into left-center field for his first hit and first homer in the majors. He had hit 13 home runs in his last 18 games in Class AAA.
Charlie Culberson cracked a two-run homer off John Gant in the eighth, matching the number of runs Gant had given up in his first 24 innings this year.
A fan running onto the field – and all around it – gave the Cardinals a reprieve with two out in the ninth. And then Jackson closed out the game with a Dexter Fowler groundout after fanning the first two men in the inning.