July 7, 2012; St. Louis, MO. USA; St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Kyle Lohse (26) throws to a Miami Marlins batter in the first inning at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-US PRESSWIRE

Daily Rant: Cardinals even up series with 3-2 win


The Cardinals hosted the Marlins for the second game of a three game home set. Kyle Lohse put up another solid performance and the offense put up just enough runs to get him a victory.

Box Score

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Miami 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 6 1
St Louis 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 X 3 8 1
WP K. Lohse (9-2)
LP C. Zambrano (4-7)
SV J. Motte (20)

 

AB R H RBI HR BB K SB LOB Season Avg
R. Furcal ss 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 .273
J. Jay cf 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .322
M. Holliday lf 3 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 .317
C. Beltran rf 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 3 .300
A. Craig 1b 4 1 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 .308
D. Freese 3b 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 .294
S. Schumaker 2b 3 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 3 .301
    D. Descalso 2b 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .223
T. Cruz c 4 0 1 2 0 0 1 0 5 .190
K. Lohse p 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 3 .111
    M. Boggs p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
    S. Robinson ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .250
    J. Motte p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
 Totals 32 3 8 3 0 2 8 0 19

 

IP H R ER BB K HR WHIP Season ERA
K. Lohse (W, 9-2) 7.0 3 2 2 1 4 1 1.08 2.79
M. Boggs (H, 13) 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1.10 1.93
J. Motte (S, 20) 1.0 2 0 0 0 1 0 1.02 3.05

The Positives

  • Jon Jay, Matt Holliday, David Freese, Skip Schumaker, and Tony Cruz all belted singles. Holliday coupled that with a walk, Freese with a walk and a run, Schumaker with a run and an RBI, and Tony Cruz with two of the Cardinals three runs batted in.
  • Allen Craig had a three hit night including two doubles. He also had a fielding error at first, but thankfully it didn’t hurt the Cardinals.
  • Kyle Lohse hurled a quality start, giving up two earned runs through seven innings of work. He only allowed four base runners and struck out four.
  • Mitchell Boggs pitched a scoreless eighth to get the ball into the closer’s hands.
  • Jason Motte did his job, pitching a scoreless ninth inning to earn his twentieth save of the season.

Justin’s Jeers

  • Rafael Furcal and Carlos Beltran were held hitless.
  • The Cardinals nineteen stranded runners could have potentially cost them a victory if the Marlins could push runs across the plate. Tony Cruz led the way with five men left on.

Three Stars

3) Tony Cruz – Cruz hit a single that scored two of the Cardinals three runs, including what ended up being the game winner.

2) Allen Craig – Craig had a three hit night and scored a run. He would have had the first star if not for the error.

1) Kyle Lohse – Lohse pitched a great game and made the Cardinals three run lead last.

Standings

 Central W L Pct GB Home Road RS RA Diff Streak L10
 Pittsburgh Pirates 47 37 .560 28-14 19-23 332 311 +21 Won 1 8-2
 Cincinnati Reds 46 38 .548 1.0 23-16 23-22 354 314 +40 Won 2 5-5
 St. Louis Cardinals 45 40 .529 2.5 22-20 23-20 421 352 +69 Won 1 5-5
 Milwaukee Brewers 39 45 .464 8.0 22-21 17-24 379 390 -11 Lost 1 6-4
 Houston Astros 33 52 .388 14.5 24-20 9-32 341 411 -70 Won 1 1-9
 Chicago Cubs 32 52 .381 15.0 19-20 13-32 310 386 -76 Lost 1 6-4

Today’s Game

With the series tied at a game a piece, the Cardinals host the Marlins at 1:15 today in the deciding third game. Anibal Sanchez will pitch for the Marlins while Joe Kelly goes for the Cardinals. Sanchez is 4-6 for the Marlins with a 4.19 ERA. He has two wins in five career starts against St Louis and carries a 3.31 ERA. Joe Kelly is making his sixth start on the season. He has a streak of three quality starts going and hasn’t given up more than three earned runs in any of his starts so far. The Cardinals will be without catcher Yadier Molina and may rest some of their All Stars such as Holliday, Beltran, Freese, and Furcal. The Marlins will be without right fielder Giancarlo Stanton who found out yesterday that he will have to undergo knee surgery. The Cardinals also host special guests for the game as myself and Redbird Rants staff writer David Jenkins will be in attendance. Look for us in the left field bleachers.