On a hot Memorial Day Monday, the St Louis Cardinals traveled to Turner Field to take on the Braves in game one of a three game set. When the Braves came to St Louis, they swept the Cardinals in their home stadium. The Cardinals moved one step closer to getting revenge with an 8-2 victory. Who excelled for the Cardinals? Find out after the jump.
|WP: L. Lynn (8-1) |
LP: T. Hanson (5-4)
|R. Furcal ss||5||2||3||1||1||0||1||0||1||.340|
|S. Schumaker cf||3||2||2||0||0||1||1||0||0||.329|
|S. Robinson ph-cf||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.254|
|M. Holliday lf||3||1||2||0||0||1||1||0||2||.274|
|C. Beltran rf||3||0||0||0||0||2||1||0||7||.285|
|M. Adams 1b||5||1||3||3||0||0||1||0||5||.382|
|Y. Molina c||5||1||1||1||0||0||2||0||6||.321|
|D. Descalso 3b||5||1||2||2||1||0||0||0||0||.227|
|T. Greene 2b||5||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.235|
|L. Lynn p||4||0||0||0||0||0||3||0||1||.120|
|M. Rzepczynski p||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|A. Chambers ph||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||1||.143|
|E. Sanchez p||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|L. Lynn (W, 8-1)||7.0||5||2||2||1||8||0||1.07||2.54|
- Rafael Furcal had another fantastic game. His three hit performance would have been impressive enough, but he also hit his fourth home run of the season.
- Skip Schumaker had a two hit day and scored two runs.
- Matt Holliday joined the club with two hits of his own. He scored one of the Cardinals runs.
- Matt Adams had his best game to date. A 3-5 day with three RBIs and his fifth double of the season helped break the game open.
- Daniel Descalso also had a two hit day, including his second home run of the season.
- Tyler Greene wasn’t great at the plate, but he made two fantastic plays at second place, including a diving stop on an Eric Hinske grounder that saved a handful of runs.
- Lance Lynn had a fantastic outing. His seven inning, two earned run performance earned him his eighth win, which ties him with Cole Hamels for the league lead.
- Not really a lot to complain about, as the Cardinals had a great all around showing. The only downside would be Carlos Beltran‘s performance. He was 0-3 and left seven men on base, but he did walk twice and obviously can’t be a force at the plate every game.
3) Rafael Furcal – Furcal’s three hit day helped push the Cardinals to victory. His solo shot in the fourth gave the Cardinals an insurance run.
2) Daniel Descalso – Dirty Dan hit what ended up being the game winning home run in the third inning. He isn’t known for power, but he showed a good stroke with the bat in his one.
1) Matt Adams – Even without Descalso’s blast, the Cardinals had this one in hand thanks to Adams’s best performance to date. Adams had two singles and a double and knocked in three runs.
After taking game one of the series, the Cardinals hope to add on to the Braves’ woes. 4-3 Jake Westbrook takes on rookie Randall Delgado who carries a 2-5 record. Westbrook has a 3.37 ERA and is coming off his worst start of the season. Delgado has a 4.53 ERA and hasn’t started in Busch Stadium.