May 9, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; St. Louis Cardinals batter Carlos Beltran hits an RBI single in the fifth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

Redbird Rants Recap 5/7-5/13


Let’s look back at the week that was Redbird fans as the Cardinals took on the Diamondbacks and the Braves

Monday May 7 Cardinals 9 Diamondbacks 6

 

It started out easy. Then JC Romero came in the game and it wasn’t. But a win is a win. The Cardinals jumped out to a 7-0 lead after 4 innings. Rafael Furcal led off the game with a homer and David Freese and Yadier Molina drove in additional runs in the first. Carlos Beltran and Matt Holiday went back to back in the third and Furcal and Allen Craig drove in runs in the fourth. Lance Lynn went five solid innings to move to 6-0 on the season. JC Romero and Fernando Salas came in the game and gave up 6 runs in the 6th. The Cardinals responded in the 7th with back to back home runs again, this time by Freese and Craig.

 

Tuesday May 8 Cardinals 6 Diamondbacks 1

 

The Cardinals jumped out to an early lead yet again as they have a lot of times this season. Carlos Beltran hit a two run home run in the first and a grand slam in the second to provide the Cardinals with their six runs. Jake Westbrook was again solid going seven innings giving up only four hits and striking out eight to earn his fourth win of the season.

 

Wednesday May 9 Cardinals 7 Diamondbacks 2

 

The Cardinals completed their sweep but it wasn’t as easy as it seemed. Diamondbacks pitcher Wade Miley gave himself a one run lead with a single. The Cardinals tied the game as Beltran reached on an error by Ryan Roberts in the fifth. In the sixth Matt Carpenter came up with a big pinch hit double to give the Cardinals a 3-1 lead. It stayed that way til the ninth as Matt Holliday came up with a two run double and Craig hit a two run home run to ice the cake.

 

Friday May 11- Braves 9 Cardinals 7 in 12 innings

 

After a day off, the Cardinals returned home in what was supposed to be a celebration. It started out well as Tony LaRussa’s number was retired by the organization. Then the game started and Yadier Molina had two passed balls that led to first inning Brave runs. Matt Carpenter answered in the second with a home run. Then the Braves exploded for three runs as Brian McCann, Chipper Jones and Tyler Pastornicky all drove in runs in the third. The Cards responded with back to back home runs for the third time in the week by Beltran and Craig. The Cardinals took the lead on a double by Holliday and a two run triple by Beltran in the fifth. Dan Uggla hit a monster home run to tie the game in the seventh. In the eighth, Freddie Freeman gave the Braves the lead on a single. Carlos Beltran responded in the bottom half with another home run to tie the game. It stayed tied until the 12th when Jason Heyward won the game for the Braves with a home run

 

Saturday May 12 Braves 7 Cardinals 2

 

Life was not a beach for the Cardinals. Adam Wainwright did not have control early as he walked in two first inning runs. Wainwright is now 2-4 with an ERA over 6. Brandon Beachy shut down the Cardinals giving up one run over 6 innings and even chipping in with an RBI single. The only Cardinals runs came on a single by Furcal and a single by Craig

 

Sunday May 13 Braves 7 Cardinals 4

Cardinal moms didn’t get the mothers day present they wanted. Jason Heyward made sure of that with a big bases clearing double in fourth off Lance Lynn who lost his first game of the season. Carlos Beltran continued to be superhuman and the hottest player in baseball not named Josh Hamilton with his seventh homer of the week. Allan Craig added a three run home run in the ninth but that would be too little too late. Tommy Hanson struck out nine Cardinals over five innings for the Braves.

 

The Cardinals will be facing the Cubs, Giants and Dodgers in the only NL series this weekend.

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