"The Cardinals run the bases well," Bochy said. "They execute well. They turned four double plays. They played perfect ball today. And we didn't."Greene said the double-play ball came skipping up off the infield grass. "It was a tough play," he said. "I never got a glove on it. It came up and skipped off the heel." Johnson said the Nunez double was a play he has to make. "I really didn't see it good off the bat," Johnson said. "I lost it and picked it up at the last second. I just misplayed the ball. That's a play I normally make. I believe I should have caught the ball. But I didn't today." About the plays at the plate, Bochy said they were obviously costly. He came out of the dugout to argue the first call, but stayed put on the second. "They were bang-bang plays, it looked like," Bochy said. "You'd like to think we're going to get a guy at home when you're playing the first baseman in. Those two runs were costly, no question about it." All this should come as no surprise. The Padres finished 13th out the 16 NL teams with a .982 fielding percentage and 109 errors. They finished 12th in hitting with a .257 average, last with 130 homers and 13th with 680 runs scored. During the regular season, they grounded into 122 double plays. The Cardinals finished second in hitting, No. 1 in pitching and seventh in overall defense. "That's why they won 100 games," Bochy said. Actually, 102, if you count this week. And that's why the Padres have lost 82 and will be on their way to a sub.-500 season if they play this way again on Saturday.
Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.