Apr 10, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; St. Louis Cardinals right fielder Carlos Beltran (3) rounds third and is congratulated by third base coach Jose Oquendo (11) after hitting a home run during the first inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-US PRESSWIRE

Rants Daily: Cardinals grab early lead again, beat Reds 3-1

Coming off a no-hit bid that lasted into the seventh inning on Opening Night, Kyle Lohse was on the mound for the Cardinals in the middle game of the three-game series with the Cincinnati Reds. He didn’t last so long in the no-hit department as Joey Votto, the third batter in the game, did him in. But he pitched another fine game allowing one run in six innings as the Cardinals beat the Reds 3-1.

Lohse, like many of the starters before him received a boost from the offense early. Carlos Beltran, hitting second, homered in the first to put the Redbirds up 1-0. The score remained 1-0 until the top of the sixth when Lance Berkman tripled with one out. David Freese was up next and hit a two-run jack to put the Cards up 3-0. The home runs from Beltran and Freese put each at three for the young season. Freese now has 10 RBI in six games.

The Reds scored their only run in the bottom half of the sixth. Zack Cozart tripled off Lohse and scored on a sacrifice fly from Votto. Mitchell Boggs threw two scoreless innings and Jason Motte recorded his second save of the season for the Cardinals who move to 5-1. Lohse is now 2-0.


According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Chris Carpenter is set to have a new round of tests in order to determine how far along he has come in his recovery. He still feels the pain in the shoulder, but it is not as severe as it was a couple weeks ago. He will also have tests done on the nerves to figure out if he can begin a throwing program soon.


Jaime Garcia will make his second start of the season in an late morning/afternoon tilt in the final game of the three-game series. He is set to face off against Reds’ Opening Day starter Johnny Cueto.


  • The World Series Ring Ceremony is ready to roll for Friday’s opener; festivities start at 2:15 PM CT.
  • Tyler Greene got the start at shortstop in yesterday’s game, giving Rafael Furcal a rest.
  • Lance Berkman is day-to-day with a “tender” calf according to a tweet for P-D reporter Joe Strauss

For what it’s worth, the Cardinals are clicking on all cylinders. It seems that day in and day out they are jumping out to an early lead with the long ball as the weapon of choice. It must be a good feeling to be a starting pitcher and walk out the mound with the lead. The Cardinals’ starters have felt this luxury four times out of six games thus far this season.

The starters to their credit have answered the call in all of them. Lohse has been the benefactor twice so far this season. While the offense is making noise on an almost nightly basis, the starters have turned in some good numbers themselves. The Cardinals have three starters with ERAs under 1.50. Through two starts Lohse has a .136 BAA and a 0.56 WHIP.

The bullpen is beginning to round into form as well. Boggs and Motte both looked excellent last night. Boggs in fact looked better than he has at any point so far this year.

It may be early on in the season, but these games count and the Cardinals are making the most of them.

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Tags: Cardinals Carlos Beltran Chris Carpenter David Freese Jaime Garcia Jason Motte Joey Votto Jon Jay Kyle Lohse Lance Berkman Matt Holliday Mitchell Boggs Rafael Furcal St Louis Cardinals Tyler Greene Zack Cozart

  • http://yardsellr.com/yardsale/John-Weitzman-124454 johnwvideo

    They are looking good so far, its still so early though.. I am so glad to see Beltran and Freese off to such a great starts..One thing though is how many they are still leaving on base.. They are coming out hitting and led the league, I guess you can say with such an offence “runners will be left” on base, though I think its way to many.
    The other day I spoke of how few DP’s they where hitting into, that changed last night.. I assume that comes with such an offence as well. They have the potential to have an offence as good as 2004 and 5.  I just wonder what will happen when Craig is back. How deep they will be..
    As for Carp, this worries me, its like one of those injuries where each month they will keep pushing him back.. I can speak first hand for those neck, nerves, disk issues, and they do not feel good at all..
    I just really hope he will actually be pain free and back in this line up by June sometime.. His presence is sooo needed on this team. Even if its as a cheerleader.. More so if he is actually on the mound..
    And I sure hope Berkman did not actually tear they calf muscle. We dont need to loose him now or at all..
    If this team can stay healthy, I think this very small sample of games shows they will be a great force in the division..
    Now lets see them sweep and when a day game..

  • http://www.redbirdrants.com/ Chris_Carelli

     It’s early but to play this crisp in all facets of the game in April is impressive and portends to more of the same.
    Carp and Berkman are worrisome. The tests for Carp seem routine, hopefully they see some improvement at least.