July 5, 2012; St. Louis, MO. USA; St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina (4) catches a pop up hit by Colorado Rockies first baseman Michael Cuddyer (not pictured) in the first inning at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-US PRESSWIRE

Daily Rant: Cardinals can't avoid sweep; lose to Reds

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The Cardinals came up short in the third straight game against the Reds last night as they dropped the third game 4-2. Due to the sweep, the Cardinals fell further down the standings and now need to turn things around. For the second straight game, the Cardinals suffered at the hands of a former Cardinals. Two nights ago, Ryan Ludwick hit a walk-off shot; last night, it was Scott Rolen who drove in the game-winning runs. More details follow after the jump.

Box Score

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
St Louis Cardinals 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 9 0
Cincinnati Reds 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 X 4 10 1
WP H. Bailey (8-6)
LP J. Westbrook (7-8)
SV A. Chapman (13)

 

AB R H RBI HR BB K SB LOB Season Avg
R. Furcal ss 5 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 .276
J. Jay cf 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .296
M. Holliday lf 4 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 2 .315
C. Beltran rf 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 .294
L. Berkman 1b 3 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 3 .304
Y. Molina c 4 1 3 2 1 0 0 0 2 .312
D. Freese 3b 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 4 .290
    M. Boggs p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
D. Descalso 2b-3b 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .225
    T. Greene ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .224
J. Westbrook p 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .167
    M. Rzepczynski p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
    S. Schumaker 2b 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .322
 Totals 35 2 9 2 1 2 5 0 16

 

IP H R ER BB K HR WHIP Season ERA
J. Westbrook (L, 7-8) 7.1 9 4 4 1 5 0 1.33 3.82
M. Rzepczynski 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.53 5.28
M. Boggs 0.1 1 0 0 1 0 0 1.12 1.88

The Positives

  • Rafael Furcal and Daniel Descalso picked up singles and turned two double plays as the middle infield combination.
  • Matt Holliday hit his 22nd double of the season in a two hit effort.
  • Carlos Beltran hit two singles to join Holliday as a two hit performer.
  • Lance Berkman drew a walk and scored a run in his first start since returning from the DL.
  • Yadier Molina had the line of the night as he picked up three hits including his 17th double and 15th home run of the season. He drove in both of the Cardinals runs and now has 48 ribbies on the season.

Justin’s Jeers

  • Jon Jay, Lance Berkman, and David Freese were held hitless. As mentioned, Berkman did draw a walk to score a run, though.
  • Jake Westbrook was not terrible, but he gave up four earned runs through seven and a third. He had a good line going until giving up the game-winning runs in the eighth inning.
Three Stars
3) Matt Holliday – Holliday picked up two hits to push his season average to .315
2) Carlos Beltran – Beltran also had two hits, but picks up the second star because of Holliday’s strike out.
1) Yadier Molina – Yadi was an offensive juggernaut in last night’s game.

Standings

Central W L Pct GB Home Road RS RA Diff Streak L10
Cincinnati Reds 50 38 0.568 26-16 24-22 370 323 45 Won 6 7-3
Pittsburgh Pirates 49 39 0.557 1 29-14 20-25 359 331 28 Lost 1 7-3
St Louis Cardinals 46 43 0.517 4.5 23-20 23-23 433 368 65 Lost 3 5-5
Milwaukee Brewers 42 46 0.477 8 24-22 18-24 402 407 -5 Won 1 6-4
Chicago Cubs 36 52 0.409 14 22-20 14-32 332 389 -57 Won 4 7-3
Houston Astros 33 56 0.371 17.5 24-21 9-35 349 427 -78 Lost 4 1-9

Today’s Game

The Cardinals open up a three game set in Milwaukee tonight at 7:10. Tonight Lance Lynn takes the hill for the Cardinals against Michael Fiers and the Brewers. Lynn and Fiers are both rookies so it’s a very hard game to call in general. Lynn has an 11-4 record on the season and had success in his last outing against the Brewers. Fiers has an incredibly small sample size, but has been sun-par at home

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