July 3, 2012; St. Louis, MO. USA; St. Louis Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday (7) hits a single in the third inning against the Colorado Rockies at Busch Stadium. The Rockies won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-US PRESSWIRE

Daily Rant: Tyler Colvin powers Rockies past Cardinals

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The offense came early in this one as Matt Holliday‘s first inning home run was answered by Tyler Colvin‘s third inning blast. The teams stayed at a 3-2 score until the end of the game. Find out more after the jump.

Box Score

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Colorado 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 5 0
St Louis 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 9 1
WP J. Francis (2-1)
LP J. Kelly (1-1)
SV R. Betancourt (13)

 

AB R H RBI HR BB K SB LOB Season Avg
R. Furcal ss 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .275
J. Jay cf 4 1 2 0 0 1 1 0 2 .326
M. Holliday lf 4 1 2 2 1 0 0 0 2 .313
C. Beltran rf 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .304
A. Craig 1b 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .314
Y. Molina c 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 .309
D. Freese 3b 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 .286
    S. Robinson pr 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .252
T. Greene 2b 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .229
    M. Carpenter ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .289
    F. Salas p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
    S. Schumaker ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .283
J. Kelly p 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 .143
    B. Browning p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
    D. Descalso ph-2b 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 .227
 Totals 35 2 9 2 1 3 5 1 10

 

IP H R ER BB K HR WHIP Season ERA
J. Kelly (L, 1-1) 6.0 5 3 2 4 5 1 1.50 3.29
B. Browning 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.00 0.00
F. Salas 2.0 0 0 0 1 3 0 1.76 5.60

The Positives

  • Rafael Furcal, Yadier Molina, David Freese, and Tyler Greene picked up singles, but none scored runs. Yadi stole his eighth base of the season.
  • Jon Jay had a two hit night and scored a run on Matt Holliday’s homer. Jay’s average sits at .326
  • Matt Holliday hit his fourteenth home run of the season to pick up his 52nd and 53rd RBIs.
  • Joe Kelly pitched his third straight quality start, but it was ruined by Tyler Colvin’s three run blast. Kelly allowed nine base runners in six innings, but struck out five.
  • Barrett Browning and Fernando Salas combined for three innings of scoreless work. Browning hasn’t given up a run since being called up.

Justin’s Jeers

  • Carlos Beltran and Allen Craig were held hitless. Beltran did reach base on a walk though.
  • The Cardinals stranded ten base runners. Craig led the way with ten runners left on.
  • The Cardinals found out before the game that they would be without Chris Carpenter for the rest of the season. This puts a lot of pressure on Mo to find a solution at the trading deadline.

Three Stars

3) Joe Kelly – Kelly did what he could to keep a light-hitting Cardinals team in the game. If not for the three-run shot, we’d be talking about a 2-0 win

2) Jon Jay – Two hits included a single that got him on base for Holliday’s run.

1) Matt Holliday – Holliday hit a two run home run that gave the Cardinals the lead, but it didn’t hold up.

Standings

 Central W L Pct GB Home Road RS RA Diff Streak L10
 Cincinnati Reds 44 36 .550 23-16 21-20 340 303 +37 Lost 1 5-5
 Pittsburgh Pirates 44 36 .550 25-13 19-23 316 300 +16 Won 2 6-4
 St. Louis Cardinals 42 39 .519 2.5 19-19 23-20 406 344 +62 Lost 1 6-4
 Milwaukee Brewers 38 42 .475 6.0 22-19 16-23 363 372 –9 Won 4 5-5
 Houston Astros 32 49 .395 12.5 23-19 9-30 330 393 –63 Lost 6 3-7
 Chicago Cubs 30 50 .375 14.0 19-20 11-30 293 368 –75 Lost 1 6-4

Today’s Game

The Cardinals celebrate Independence Day with a 6:15 game against the Rockies at Busch Stadium. The series is tied up at a game a piece and the pitching matchup is between Adam Wainwright and Jeremy Guthrie. Wainwright has a 6-8 record and a 4.75 ERA. Wainwright had a three start quality start stretch going that was broken up by his last outing against Pittsburgh in which he gave up seven runs in five innings. In his career versus Colorado, Wainwright is 3-1 in four starts with a 1.44 ERA. Guthrie is a player the Cardinals had interest in in the offseason before he was traded to the Rockies for Jason Hammel and Matt Lindstrom. For the Rockies, Guthrie is 3-7 with a 6.56 ERA and hasn’t pitched past the fifth inning since May 31.

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