June 8, 2012; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals pinch hitter Matt Adams (53) hits a 2 run single against the Cleveland Indians at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-US PRESSWIRE

Daily Rant: Cardinals drop first in three game set with Indians


The St Louis Cardinals took on the Cleveland Indians in the first of a three game set last night and lost thanks to a solid outing by Indians pitcher Josh Tomlin.  The Cardinals got a good amount of hits, but couldn’t drive runners in. Who excelled for the team? Find out after the jump.

Box Score

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cleveland 2 0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 6 11 0
St. Louis 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 10 3
WP: J. Tomlin (3-3)
LP: J. Westbrook (4-6)

 

AB R H RBI HR BB K SB LOB Season Avg
R. Furcal ss 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .312
C. Beltran rf 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .275
M. Holliday lf 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 .276
A. Craig 1b 3 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 .380
D. Freese 3b 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 .265
Y. Molina c 4 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .337
D. Descalso 2b 4 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 3 .226
S. Robinson cf 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .275
J. Westbrook p 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .174
    M. Cleto p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
    M. Adams ph 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 .286
    F. Salas p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
    S. Freeman p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
    T. Greene ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .208
 Totals 36 2 10 2 0 1 5 0 12

 

IP H R ER BB K HR WHIP Season ERA
J. Westbrook (L, 4-6) 6.0 8 4 3 1 7 0 1.44 4.25
M. Cleto 1.0 3 2 2 0 0 1 2.00 5.40
F. Salas 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.87 5.60
S. Freeman 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.15 4.15

The Positives

Justin Jeers

  • Rafael Furcal went hitless and committed his seventh error on the season.
  • Allen Craig and Daniel Descalso also committed fielding errors.
  • Furcal, David Freese, and Daniel Descalso all left three runners on. In total, the Cardinals stranded twelve base runners.
  • While Westbrook tossed a quality start, he still allowed nine base runners. It’s a wonder only three scored.
  • Mikael Cleto gave up three hits in his inning of work, including a home run that essentially put the game out of reach.

Three Stars

3) Fernando Salas/Sam Freeman – The relievers combined for two innings of shutout baseball.

2) Matt Adams – His pinch hit single in the seventh inning drove in the Cardinals only two runs.

1) Yadier Molina – A three hit night was essentially wasted by the surrounding bats in the Cardinals lineup.

Standings

Cent W L GB SRS
CIN F 32 25 0.1
PIT F 30 27 2.0 -0.5
STL F 30 29 3.0 0.5
MIL F 27 31 5.5 -0.8
HOU F 25 33 7.5 -0.5
CHC F 19 39 13.5 -1.1

Today’s Game

The Indians have now won thirteen of the last eighteen meetings with the Cardinals since 1997. The Cardinals hope to end this run tonight by sending out 5-1 Kyle Lohse to take on 2-5 Justin Masterson. Masterson has a 5.09 ERA to Lohse’s 3.21 mark. Game time is set for 6:15

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