July 8, 2012; St. Louis, MO. USA; St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter (13) and pinch hitter David Freese (23) celebrate after scoring on a walk off two run single by shortstop Rafael Furcal (not pictured) in the ninth inning against the Miami Marlins at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals won 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-US PRESSWIRE

Daily Rant: Cardinals drop series to Brewers, fall down the standings


The downside of being a writer is that sometimes life takes over. I just recently started a new job and I was working at 5 AM everyday this past week which really interfered with my ability to write the Daily Rants. As such, you may have noticed the last two days didn’t have recaps. I greatly apologize for it, but will make up for it today with a recap of the Brewers series as a whole. The major take away from this series is that the starting pitching is really starting to come into form as the Cardinals starters didn’t do anything to lose the games. Lance Lynn had the best performance, but Wainwright had another potential corner-turning outing. More details follow after the jump.

Box Scores

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
St Louis Cardinals 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 8 0
Milwaukee Brewers 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 7 0
WP J. Motte (4-3)
LP J. Axford (2-6)
SV
Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
St Louis Cardinals 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 10 2
Milwaukee Brewers 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 X 3 8 0
WP R. Wolf (3-6)
LP J. Kelly (1-2)
SV F. Rodriguez (2)
Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
St Louis Cardinals 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 7 3
Milwaukee Brewers 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 X 4 5 0
WP J. Axford (3-6)
LP A. Wainwright (7-10)
SV F. Rodriguez (3)

 

  AB R H RBI HR BB K SB LOB Season Avg 
Yadier Molina 13 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 9 0.311
Allen Craig 12 2 4 2 1 2 4 0 3 0.296
Matt Carpenter 11 1 3 0 0 1 2 0 6 0.285
Rafael Furcal 10 2 2 0 0 4 0 1 3 0.275
Skip Schumaker 8 1 2 0 0 2 2 0 4 0.323
David Freese 8 1 5 2 1 5 1 0 2 0.292
Jon Jay 7 0 1 1 0 0 3 0 1 0.296
Matt Holliday 6 0 2 2 0 0 2 0 4 0.317
Lance Berkman 5 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 7 0.298
Carlos Beltran 5 1 1 1 0 0 2 1 3 0.293
Daniel Descalso 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 5 0.226
Tyler Greene 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0.221
Total 91 8 24 8 2 16 20 2 49

 

  IP H R ER BB K HR WHIP Season ERA 
Lance Lynn 7 6 1 1 0 10 1 1.21 3.27
Adam Wainwright 7 4 4 1 0 9 0 1.29 4.42
Joe Kelly 6 6 3 2 1 4 1 1.40 2.75
Jason Motte 1.2 1 0 0 0 2 0 1.00 2.92
Fernando Salas 1.1 1 0 0 1 1 0 1.59 4.68
Barrett Browning 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 0.50 3.00
Trevor Rosenthal 1 1 0 0 2 2 0 3.00 0.00
Total 25 20 9 5 5 28 2

The Positives

  • Allen Craig and David Freese had the best series offensively. Both hit home runs and drove in two runs a piece. Freese in particular was phenomenal, going 5-8 and reaching base five more times on walks.
  • The starting pitching was top of the mark, as all three starters hurled quality starts. Lynn’s was most impressive as he struck out ten and only only allowed on run on six hits. Wainwright had one less strikeout, but only allowed four hits. He was abused by his fellow teammate’s defensive woes. Joe Kelly continued his quality start streak, but couldn’t get enough offense to back him up.
  • The bullpen was fantastic. Jason Motte, Fernando Salas, Barrett Browning, and newcomer Trevor Rosenthal combined for five innings while only allowing one earned run.

Justin’s Jeers

  • The offense struggled somewhat, hitting to the tune of a .264 average for the series. Situational hitting was the crutch again, as the Cardinals picked up 40 base runners between their hits and walks, but only scored eight runs. The two losses were determined by one run each, so even driving in four more runs would have resulted in a sweep.
  • The injury bug struck again as Matt Holliday suffered a leg contusion after being struck by a pitch on Tuesday. He missed his start on Wednesday and it is not known if he will miss any more time.

Three Stars

Game 3 2 1
Monday Allen Craig Matt Holliday Lance Lynn
Tuesday Allen Craig Adam Wainwright David Freese
Wednesday Yadier Molina Allen Craig Jon Jay

Standings

Central W L Pct GB Home Road RS RA Diff Streak L10
Cincinnati Reds 51 40 0.560 27-18 24-22 378 335 43 Lost 1 7-3
Pittsburgh Pirates 51 40 0.560 29-14 22-26 378 344 34 Won 2 6-4
St Louis Cardinals 47 45 0.511 4.5 23-20 24-25 441 377 64 Lost 2 4-6
Milwaukee Brewers 44 47 0.484 7 26-23 18-24 411 415 -4 Won 2 6-4
Chicago Cubs 37 53 0.411 13.5 23-21 14-32 342 399 -57 Won 1 7-3
Houston Astros 34 58 0.370 17.5 24-21 10-37 357 443 -86 Lost 2 2-8

 

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