July 8, 2012; St. Louis, MO. USA; St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Skip Schumaker (55) leaps over Miami Marlins right fielder Greg Dobbs (29) in the fourth inning at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-US PRESSWIRE

Daily Rant: Cardinals drop game in late innings

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The Cardinals took a 2-1 lead into the seventh inning and squandered it last night. The Reds scored three runs in the bottom frame and the Cardinals couldn’t answer back. They ended up losing 5-3. Details follow after the jump.

Box Score

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
St Louis 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 9 1
Cincinnati 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 1 X 5 7 0
WP A. Simon (1-1)
LP A. Wainwright (7-9)
SV A. Chapman (12)

 

AB R H RBI HR BB K SB LOB Season Avg
R. Furcal ss 4 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 3 .274
J. Jay cf 4 0 1 0 0 1 2 0 0 .312
M. Holliday lf 5 0 1 1 0 0 2 0 3 .315
C. Beltran rf 4 0 1 0 0 1 2 0 2 .296
A. Craig 1b 5 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 5 .304
Y. Molina c 4 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 2 .307
D. Freese 3b 2 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 1 .292
S. Schumaker 2b 3 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 .314
    S. Robinson ph 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .256
    B. Browning p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
    F. Salas p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
A. Wainwright p 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 .057
    V. Marte p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
    T. Greene ph-2b 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .226
 Totals 34 3 9 3 0 6 11 1 19

 

IP H R ER BB K HR WHIP Season ERA
A. Wainwright (L, 7-9) 6.1 5 4 4 2 4 1 1.34 4.62
V. Marte 0.2 0 0 0 1 1 0 1.46 4.30
B. Browning 0.2 1 1 1 0 1 0 0.20 1.80
F. Salas 0.1 1 0 0 1 0 0 1.67 5.10

The Positives

  • Rafael Furcal picked up a single and a stolen base. He also scored one of the Cardinals three runs.
  • Jon Jay and Carlos Beltran also hit singles and drew walks.
  • Matt Holliday drove in his 57th run of the season with an RBI single.
  • Yadier Molina had a two hit game including a run scored and his 16th double of the season. Welcome back, Yadi!
  • Skip Schumaker also had a two hit night and drove in his sixteenth run of the season.
  • Lance Berkman was activated from the disabled list after the game. He may even start in tonight’s game.

Justin’s Jeers

  • Allen Craig and David Freese were held hitless. Craig did score a run and Freese drew two walks.
  • The Cardinals stranded nineteen runners. Allen Craig led the way with five men left on.
  • Adam Wainwright actually had a solid outing going before coming out for the seventh inning. He ended with a line of four runs allowed in six and a third, but that number would have been one run in six innings if he had been pulled sooner.
  • Barrett Browning gave up his first earned run of the season.
  • The Cardinals found out before the game that Kyle McClellan was officially done for the season. Due to McClellan being arbitration-eligible, there is a good chance he doesn’t get tendered a contract. We may have seen K-Mac’s last outings as a Cardinal.

Three Stars

3) Shane Robinson – Robinson had a pinch-hit single that drove in a run in the eighth. The Cardinals couldn’t complete the rally, though.

2) Yadier Molina – Molina picked up two hits and a run in his first game back from the bereavement list.

1) Skip Schumaker – Schumaker hit two singles and drove in a run in this losing effort.

Standings

 Central W L Pct GB Home Road RS RA Diff Streak L10
 Cincinnati Reds 48 38 .558 24-16 24-22 363 319 +44 Won 4 6-4
 Pittsburgh Pirates 48 38 .558 29-14 19-24 352 323 +29 Lost 1 7-3
 St. Louis Cardinals 46 41 .529 2.5 23-20 23-21 429 361 +68 Lost 1 6-4
 Milwaukee Brewers 41 45 .477 7.0 23-21 18-24 394 400 -6 Won 2 7-3
 Chicago Cubs 34 52 .395 14.0 20-20 14-32 325 387 -62 Won 2 7-3
 Houston Astros 33 54 .379 15.5 24-21 9-33 345 421 -76 Lost 2 1-9

Today’s Game

The Cardinals now enter game two and hope to even the series with the Reeds. Kyle Lohse starts for the Cardinals against Mike Leake. Lohse is 9-2 this season with a 2.79 ERA. He has ten starts against his former team in his career and has picked up wins in three of those starts. He currently has a 3.38 ERA against Cincinnati and has been solid on the road this year. Leake is 3-6 with a 4.01 for the Reds this season. He has three starts against the Cardinals in his young career and has picked up a win against them. His career ERA against St Louis is 6.06. Game time is set for 3:05

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