June 22, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals batter Carlos Beltran (3) doubles in two runs against the Kansas City Royals during the first inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-US PRESSWIRE

Daily Rant: Cardinals take first game with blowout victory


The Cardinals traveled to Kauffman Stadium to take on the Royals in the first game of a three game series last night. After a huge second inning, the Cardinals jumped out to a commanding lead and held on for the 11-4 win. Find out who did well after the jump.

Box Score

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
St. Louis 4 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 11 17 0
Kansas City 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 4 11 0
WP: J. Kelly (1-0)
LP: V. Mazzaro (3-2)

 

AB R H RBI HR BB K SB LOB Season Avg
R. Furcal ss 3 2 1 0 0 2 1 0 3 .289
    D. Descalso 2b 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .245
J. Jay cf 5 2 1 0 0 0 2 0 3 .336
M. Holliday lf 5 1 3 0 0 1 1 0 3 .288
C. Beltran dh 5 2 2 4 0 0 0 0 3 .309
Y. Molina c 5 1 2 1 0 0 0 1 1 .319
D. Freese 3b 4 1 3 2 0 1 0 1 0 .276
M. Carpenter 1b 4 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 .296
T. Greene 2b-ss 5 0 1 2 0 0 1 0 4 .228
S. Schumaker rf 3 0 1 1 0 1 2 0 3 .305
    S. Robinson ph-rf 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .254
 Totals 41 11 17 11 0 5 8 2 21

 

IP H R ER BB K HR WHIP Season ERA
J. Kelly (W, 1-0) 6.0 9 3 3 0 1 1 1.63 3.52
S. Freeman 1.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1.44 5.40
E. Sanchez 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.32 4.61
F. Salas 1.0 2 1 1 1 1 0 1.73 4.56

The Positives

  • Rafael Furcal hit a single and scored two runs for the Cardinals. His average is not sitting a .289.
  • Jon Jay hit a single in his first game back from injury and also scored two runs. He also made a lot of great plays in the field.
  • Matt Holliday had a three hit night and scored a run.
  • Carlos Beltran hit two doubles which drove in four runs. He also scored two runs himself.
  • Yadier Molina had a two hit night, scored a run, and drove in another. He also stole his seventh base.
  • David Freese had three hits, two RBIs, and a run. He also stole his first base of the season.
  • Matt Carpenter had a single and a double in his first game back from injury. He scored two runs and drove in another.
  • Tyler Greene hit a double to drive in two runs.
  • Skip Schumaker rounded things out for the Cardinals, as every starter had a hit. Schumaker’s double drove in a run.
  • Joe Kelly pitched a quality start. He gave up three through six innings and gave up nine hits. His only real mistake was the home run given up to Salvador Perez.
  • Sam Freeman and Eduardo Sanchez combined for two scoreless innings. The only blemish was a walk allowed by Freeman.

Justin’s Jeers

  • Offensively, the Cardinals didn’t give much to complain about, but, as usual, they left a ton of men stranded. 21 base runners were left on base, with Tyler Greene leading the way with four runners left on.
  • Fernando Salas gave up an earned run on two hits and a walk.

Three Stars

3) Tyler Greene – Greene had a two RBI double to blow the game out for the Cardinals

2) David Freese – Freese had a three hit night and drove in two runs.

1) Carlos Beltran – Beltran’s four RBI night led the way for the Cardinals.

Standings

Cent W L GB SRS
CIN F 38 30 0.3
PIT F 36 32 2.0 -0.3
STL F 35 35 4.0 0.5
MIL F 32 37 6.5 -0.5
HOU F 28 41 10.5 -0.8
CHC F 24 45 14.5 -0.9

Today’s Game

The Cardinals take on the Royals in game two today at 1:10. Adam Wainwright takes the mound for the Cardinals against Luis Mendoza. Wainwright is 5-7 with a 4.46 ERA, while Mendoza is 2-3 with a 4.69 ERA.

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

    Its great when you print the Box scores, there ll in one place like the old papers. Its not easy to look them up on the PD or other site and get them in full. One reason I still pick up a paper to see the leagues Box and team scores. Seems thats the only way to get them all..
     
    They sure did have some pop last night.. Finally a game fun to watch as they gave some real payback to KC,, Just hope they did not over due it for today..
     
    Interesting how it should ignite with those pure clutch times hits to coincide with JJ and carp in the line up.. Heck it even got a double out of Greene after he was the low down in the first Rally..
     
    Kelly still worries me and so does the Pen, I kept thinking he wont hold it, he still gave up alot of hits, though he kept his cool, never sweated, even after he made a real good pitch that just got a real good piece of hitting on it to take it out,, That was a pitchers pitch,  Just a good piece of hitting by Perez !
    Sanchez , And Freeman scared me but they did the job as if it was a 5-3 game.. In a blow out like that its so important for the young kids to mentally think the game is on the line..
     
    Now can they take revenge in KC for the weekend.. And jump start this team, starters are looking better over all this last week, even in Detroit with the losses..

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