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July 22, 2012; St. Louis, MO. USA; St. Louis Cardinals center fielder Jon Jay (19) high fives relief pitcher Marc Rzepczynski (34) after defeating the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals won 7-0. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-US PRESSWIRE

Daily Rant: Cardinals complete sweep with 7-0 trouncing

The Cardinals successfully swept the rebuilding Chicago Cubs with a 7-0 victory yesterday. The sweep was necessary to keep pace with the Pirates and Reds who also swept their opponents. The Cardinals will now face a much stiffer challenge. Details after the jump.

Box Score

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chicago Cubs 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
St Louis Cardinals 4 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 X 7 12 0
WP L. Lynn (12-4)
LP T. Wood (4-5)

 

AB R H RBI HR BB K SB LOB Season Avg
T. Greene 2b 4 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 .214
A. Craig 1b 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .304
    F. Salas p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
    S. Schumaker ph-lf 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .321
M. Holliday lf 4 2 2 1 1 1 1 0 0 .321
    M. Rzepczynski p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
C. Beltran rf 5 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 5 .292
D. Freese 3b 2 1 1 0 0 2 1 0 0 .305
J. Jay cf 4 1 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 .304
T. Cruz c 4 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 5 .197
D. Descalso ss 4 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 .231
L. Lynn p 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .086
    M. Carpenter ph-1b 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 .282
 Totals 34 7 12 7 2 4 5 0 14

 

IP H R ER BB K HR WHIP Season ERA
L. Lynn (W, 12-4) 6.0 4 0 0 3 5 0 1.21 3.10
F. Salas 2.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1.53 4.41
M. Rzepczynski 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.47 5.06

The Positives

  • Allen Craig hit a single and scored a run. His average is now back over .300
  • Matt Holliday had another two hit night, as he his his 24th double and his sixteenth home run of the season. He scored twice and drove in a run.
  • Carlos Beltran belted his 21st home run of the season. He leads the Cardinals with 69 RBIs
  • David Freese hit a single and reached base twice on walks.
  • Jon Jay had a perfect 4-4 day. He hit three singles, his eighth double, scored once, and drove in two runs.
  • Tony Cruz hit his fifth double of the season and drove in two runs.
  • Daniel Descalso hit two singles and scored a run.
  • Lance Lynn had another fantastic outing. He pitched six shutout innings and only allowed four hits and three walks.
  • Fernando Salas and Marc Rzepczynski pitched a combined three shutout innings to close the game out.

Justin’s Jeers

  • Tyler Greene was held hitless. He and Descalso are the only Cardinals starters with averages under .300

Three Stars

3) Carlos Beltran – Beltran blasted another home run to put another run on the board for the Cardinals.

2) Matt Holliday – Holliday had yet another two hit night and belted a home run for good measure

1) Jon Jay – Jay went on a tear, belting four hits to lead the Cardinals to victory.

Standings

Central W L Pct GB Home Road RS RA Diff Streak L10
Cincinnati Reds 55 40 0.579 31-18 24-22 396 345 51 Won 4 8-2
Pittsburgh Pirates 54 40 0.574 0.5 32-14 22-26 390 348 42 Won 5 7-3
St Louis Cardinals 50 45 0.526 5 26-20 24-25 464 378 86 Won 3 5-5
Milwaukee Brewers 44 50 0.468 10.5 26-23 18-27 415 426 -11 Lost 3 5-5
Chicago Cubs 38 56 0.404 16.5 24-21 14-35 347 424 -77 Lost 3 6-4
Houston Astros 34 62 0.354 21.5 24-21 10-41 370 477 -107 Lost 6 1-9

Today’s Game

The Cardinals start a four game set with the Dodgers at 7:15 tonight. Rookie Joe Kelly takes the mound against Chad Billingsley. Kelly is 1-2 with a 2.75 ERA. He hasn’t made any starts against the Dodgers, but he is currently riding a five game quality start streak. Billingsley is 4-9 with a 4.30 ERA and is making his first start back from the disabled list for elbow inflammation. He has one win in eight starts against the Cardinals and a 4.63 ERA to go with his record. This could potentially be his last start before Tommy John surgery if his elbow isn’t as healed as the Dodgers are hoping

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