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10/05/06 8:27 PM ET

Padres Short Hops: Game 2

Friars once again struggle offensively against Redbirds

SAN DIEGO -- Fielding the Padres' Game 2 loss to the Cardinals on a short hop ...

In < 25 words ...
Offense once again eluded the Padres, shut out in Game 2 of the NLDS. They couldn't figure out Jeff Weaver, who allowed just two hits.

Frozen moment
Albert Pujols' single to left field in the fourth scored Preston Wilson after an offline throw from Dave Roberts. Catcher Josh Bard threw down to second baseman Todd Walker, and Pujols was caught in a rundown between first and second. Walker, perhaps, threw the ball prematurely to first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, who had no one to throw to at second base. Pujols was safe at second, and he scored later in the inning on a Jim Edmonds single, giving the Cardinals a 2-0 lead that proved to be enough.

Big number
The little number with a big meaning is two. As in, the number of hits on Thursday by hitters in the one through five spots in the Padres' order. Gonzalez's single in the sixth and Josh Barfield's double in the eighth provided the only hits in those spots. Mike Cameron and pinch-hitter Ryan Klesko were the only two Padres to notch hits against Weaver.

Game ball
Klesko, four. The pinch-hitter did his job, singling in the bottom of the fifth to move Geoff Blum over to second base. Unfortunately, there were two outs and Roberts struck out to end the inning.

David Wells, three. Two runs over five innings is a solid outing, but he had no run support.

Sense of October
No Cardinal gets booed louder at PETCO Park than Pujols, and he continues to give San Diego fits. He had a two-run homer in Game 1, and then knocked in a run and scored another in Game 2.

Lines of the Game
4 AB, 0 R, 0 H
Comment: The Padres' leadoff man went hitless, including an at-bat in the fifth with two on and two outs. He was the only Padres hitter who performed in Game 1, going 3-for-4 with a triple. Simply put, Roberts is the engine of the Padres' offense, and if he isn't off to a good start offensively, neither are the Padres.

5 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
Comment: A good outing for Wells, who likely would have gone deeper into the game had he not been pulled in the name of offense.

"Well, it's not good. It's not good at all. I mean we really have our backs against the wall because one game ends it. And in the short series, there's really no room for error, and we've really got to play our butts off."
-- Wells, on the Padres facing elimination

Next step
The job is only uphill from here for the Padres, who must win out to take this series, including the next two games in St. Louis. Righty Chris Young is undefeated on the road this season at 6-0, and he will need to keep that streak going to help the Friars stay alive in Saturday's Game 3. St. Louis will start Jeff Suppan, a pitcher the Padres roughed up for five runs in 3 2/3 innings on Sept. 25.

Amanda Branam is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.