July 6, 2012; St. Louis, MO. USA; St. Louis Cardinals third baseman David Freese (23) hits a one run double in the second inning against the Miami Marlins at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-US PRESSWIRE

Daily Rant: Cardinals drop first game in series with Marlins


The Cardinals lost in more ways than one last night. Not only did they drop a close game, but earlier in the day they lost Yadier Molina for a couple of days. They also may have lost Rafael Furcal. Find out more after the jump.

Box Score

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Miami 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 3 6 1
St Louis 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 12 3
WP R. Nolasco (8-6)
LP J. Westbrook (7-7)
SV H. Bell (19)

 

AB R H RBI HR BB K SB LOB Season Avg
R. Furcal ss 5 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 4 .276
    T. Greene pr 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .228
J. Jay cf 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .324
M. Holliday lf 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .317
C. Beltran rf 5 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 4 .304
A. Craig 1b 4 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 2 .298
D. Freese 3b 4 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 .291
D. Descalso 2b 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 .224
T. Cruz c 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 .186
    S. Schumaker ph 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .300
J. Westbrook p 2 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 2 .185
    V. Marte p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
    M. Cleto p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
    F. Salas p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
    M. Carpenter ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .292
 Totals 36 2 12 2 0 1 5 0 20

 

IP H R ER BB K HR WHIP Season ERA
J. Westbrook (L, 7-7) 6.2 5 2 1 2 2 0 1.32 3.75
V. Marte 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.46 4.21
M. Cleto 1.0 1 1 1 0 2 1 1.44 5.00
F. Salas 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.67 5.34

The Positives

  • Rafael Furcal hit a single and a double and drove in a run.
  • Jon Jay hit his fifth double of the year.
  • Matt Holliday hit his 21st double of the season.
  • Carlos Beltran hit a single.
  • Allen Craig also hit a single and scored one of the Cardinals three runs.
  • David Freese had a three hit night, including his fourteenth double, and drove in one of the Cardinals runs.
  • Daniel Descalso hit a single also.
  • Jake Westbrook did what he did to keep the Cardinals in the game. He lasted six and two thirds and only gave up one earned run.
  • Fernando Salas pitched a scoreless ninth inning.

Justin’s Jeers

  • Rafael Furcal and Matt Holliday both had scares as Furcal re-aggravated a shin injury and Holliday was hit on the elbow with a pitch. Losing either player would be rough as Lance Berkman is not back until after the break and Yadier Molina is on the bereavement list.
  • David Freese committed two errors in the game, while Westbrook committed another.
  • Tony Cruz was held hitless starting in Yadier’s absence.
  • The team had a lot of base runners, but couldn’t capitalize as twenty men were left stranded. Furcal and Beltran led the way with four strands a piece.
  •  Mikael Cleto pitched an inning and gave up the game-winning home run to Logan Morrison.

Three Stars

3) Jake Westbrook – Westbrook pitched well enough for the win, but the offense just couldn’t put runs on the board.

2) Rafael Furcal – Furcal had two hits and drove in a run.

1) David Freese – Freese had three hits and had the other RBI for the Cardinals.

Standings

Central W L Pct GB Home Road RS RA Diff Streak L10
 Pittsburgh Pirates 46 37 .554 27-14 19-23 329 310 +19 Lost 1 8-2
 Cincinnati Reds 45 38 .542 1.0 23-16 22-22 348 309 +39 Won 1 4-6
 St. Louis Cardinals 44 40 .524 2.5 21-20 23-20 418 350 +68 Lost 1 5-5
 Milwaukee Brewers 39 44 .470 7.0 22-21 17-23 376 384 -8 Won 1 6-4
 Chicago Cubs 32 51 .386 14.0 19-20 13-31 309 383 -74 Won 1 7-3
 Houston Astros 32 52 .381 14.5 23-20 9-32 335 408 -73 Lost 9 1-9

Today’s Game

The Cardinals host the Marlins in game two today at 3:15. Kyle Lohse takes the hill for the Cardinals against Carlos Zambrano. Lohse is 8-2 with a 2.80 ERA this season. In eight starts against the Marlins, Lohse has four wins and a 4.60 ERA. Zambrano currently has a 4-6 record with a 4.14 ERA. From his time with the Cubs, he has 29 career starts against St Louis and has wins in twelve of those starts. He has a 3.47 ERA against the Redbirds.

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  • Oregoncardsfan

    Westy and Lhose deserved better from this Jekyll and Hyde offense

  • Oregoncardsfan

    I hope one of Matheny’s coaches take him aside and tell him what a sacrifice fly, bunt, safety squeeze can accomplish. A first year manager he looks like.