July 9, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; National League infielder Rafael Furcal (15) of the St. Louis Cardinals rounds second base for a triple during the fourth inning of the 2012 All Star Game at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak/USA TODAY Sports via US PRESSWIRE

Daily Rant: Cardinals lose nail-biter in extra innings

The Cardinals took on the Reds in the second game of their three game set in Great American Ballpark on Saturday. After tying the game up at two runs a piece in the seventh inning, the Cardinals were beaten in walk-off fashion thanks to a home run by former Cardinals Ryan Ludwick. Find out more details after the jump.

Box Score

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
St Louis Cardinals 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 8 1
Cincinnati Reds 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 3 10 1
WP S. LeCure (3-2)
LP V. Marte (2-2)

 

AB R H RBI HR BB K SB LOB Season Avg
R. Furcal ss 4 0 2 1 0 1 0 1 1 .277
J. Jay cf 5 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 3 .303
M. Holliday lf 5 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 4 .313
C. Beltran rf 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .291
A. Craig 1b 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 .297
Y. Molina c 4 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 .306
D. Freese 3b 5 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 2 .293
    V. Marte p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
S. Schumaker 2b 2 0 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 .325
K. Lohse p 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .108
    L. Berkman ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 .326
    B. Browning p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
    M. Boggs p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
    M. Carpenter ph 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .291
    T. Greene ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .225
    F. Salas p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
    M. Rzepczynski p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
    D. Descalso 3b 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .223
 Totals 37 2 8 2 1 5 8 1 21

 

IP H R ER BB K HR WHIP Season ERA
K. Lohse 6.0 8 2 2 1 3 0 1.10 2.80
B. Browning 0.2 1 0 0 0 1 0 0.35 1.59
M. Boggs 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.08 1.89
F. Salas 1.1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.60 4.88
M. Rzepczynski 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.55 5.34
V. Marte (L, 2-2) 0.0 1 1 1 0 0 1 1.49 4.54

The Positives

  • Rafael Furcal, David Freese, and Skip Schumaker all had two hit nights. Furcal drove in a run, stole his eleventh base, and also drew a walk, Freese scored one of the Cardinals two runs, and Schumaker hit his tenth double of the season.
  • Matt Holliday hit a single to bump his average to .313
  • Yadier Molina hit his fourteenth home run and also drew a walk.
  • Kyle Lohse had a solid outing, going six innings against his former team and only giving up two earned runs. He got absolutely no run support before being taken out of the game, though.
  • The bullpen did a great job keeping the Reds off the board, but weren’t helped out by the stagnant offense. Barrett Browning, Mitch Boggs, Fernando Salas, and Marc Rzepczynski combined for three and a third scoreless innings.

Justin’s Jeers

  • Jon Jay, Carlos Beltran, and Allen Craig were held hitless. The performance brought Craig’s average below .300
  • When the opposing team spots you 21 base runners and you can’t drive any of them in, you’re not going to win many games. Holliday led the team with four men left on.
  • Lance Berkman struck out in his first bat back from the disabled list. Not a huge deal, but we definitely all hoped for a more dramatic return.

Three Stars

3) Skip Schumaker – Schumaker got on base in all four of his at bats, but no one could knock him in.

2) Yadier Molina – Molina belted his fourteenth home run of the season. He is tied for fourth in the MLB among catchers.

1) Rafael Furcal – Furcal did everything yesterday. He hit two singles, drew a walk, drove in a run, and stole a base.

Standings

Central W L Pct GB Home Road RS RA Diff Streak L10
Cincinnati Reds 49 38 0.563 25-16 24-22 366 321 45 Won 5 6-4
Pittsburgh Pirates 49 38 0.563 29-14 20-24 358 327 31 Won 1 7-3
St Louis Cardinals 46 42 0.523 3.5 23-20 23-22 431 364 67 Lost 2 6-4
Milwaukee Brewers 41 46 0.471 8 23-22 18-24 398 406 -8 Lost 1 6-4
Chicago Cubs 35 52 0.402 14 21-20 14-32 329 388 -59 Won 3 7-3
Houston Astros 33 55 0.375 16.5 24-21 9-34 347 424 -77 Lost 3 1-9

Today’s Game

The Cardinals go into tonight’s game hoping to avoid a sweep and falling further down the standings. Jake Westbrook takes the mound for the Cardinals against Homer Bailey and the Reds. Westbrook is 7-7 with a 3.75 ERA. He has three wins in eight career starts against Cincinnati with a 3.75 ERA. He hurled seven scoreless innings to pick up the win against them in his last outing against the Reds. For the Reds, Bailey has a 7-6 record and a 4.14 ERA. he has only two wins in ten starts against the Cardinals and a 5.72 ERA. In his last start against St Louis, he went five and two thirds and gave up four earned runs to pick up the loss.

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