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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