July 23, 2012; St. Louis, MO. USA; St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Joe Kelly (58) throws to a Los Angeles Dodgers batter in the first inning at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-US PRESSWIRE

Daily Rant: Dodgers end Cardinals winning streak with 5-3 victory

The Dodgers came to town last night and ended the Cardinals winning ways with some early offense and shutdown pitching. The Cardinals attempted to answer back in late innings, but it was to no avail as Kenley Jansen shut the door on the comeback. More details after the jump.

Box Score

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Los Angeles Dodgers 0 3 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 5 7 0
St Louis Cardinals 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 3 9 1
WP C. Billingsley (5-9)
LP J. Kelly (1-3)
SV K. Jansen (19)

 

AB R H RBI HR BB K SB LOB Season Avg
R. Furcal ss 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 .276
J. Jay cf 4 2 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 .309
M. Holliday lf 3 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 2 .321
C. Beltran rf 4 1 1 2 1 0 2 0 2 .291
L. Berkman 1b 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 .281
Y. Molina c 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 .309
S. Schumaker 2b 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .314
    V. Marte p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
    T. Rosenthal p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
    A. Craig ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .303
M. Carpenter 3b 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .281
J. Kelly p 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .154
    F. Salas p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
    B. Browning p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
    D. Descalso 2b 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .228
 Totals 35 3 9 3 1 1 6 1 14

 

IP H R ER BB K HR WHIP Season ERA
J. Kelly (L, 1-3) 6.0 4 3 2 3 1 1 1.37 2.78
F. Salas 0.1 1 1 1 0 0 0 1.54 4.63
B. Browning 0.1 1 1 1 0 1 0 0.78 3.52
V. Marte 0.1 1 0 0 0 1 0 1.49 4.46
T. Rosenthal 2.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.00 0.00

The Positives

  • Jon Jay followed up a four hit performance with a 2-4 night. He hit his ninth double of the season and scored two of the Cardinals three runs.
  • Matt Holliday hit his 25th double and reached base with the Cardinals only walk.
  • Carlos Beltran hit his 22nd home run of the season and drove in two runs.
  • Lance Berkman hit a single to drive in his sixth run of the season.
  • Yadier Molina had a two hit night.
  • Matt Carpenter, getting the match-up fueled start over David Freese, hit a single and stole his first base of the season.
  • Joe Kelly hurled his sixth straight quality start, giving up only two earned runs over six innings. He continues to get very little run support in his starts.
  • Trevor Rosenthal continued his scoreless innings streak with two perfect frames to close out the game. It will be interesting to see if the Cardinals reward him with a spot start.

Justin’s Jeers

  • Rafael Furcal and Skip Schumaker were held hitless.
  • The Cardinals stranded fourteen runners. As we saw over the weekend, those strands don’t matter as much when the team puts up a lot of runs, but they matter greatly in a two run loss.
  • Fernando Salas and Barrett Browning essentially lost the Cardinals the game as they allowed the two run difference in their two thirds of an inning.

Three Stars

3) Yadier Molina – Yadi reached base twice, but couldn’t cross the plate.

2) Jon Jay – Jay scored two of the Cardinals runs on a two hit night.

1) Carlos Beltran – Beltran belted another home run to draw the Cardinals close, but the rally wasn’t sustained.

Standings

Central W L Pct GB Home Road RS RA Diff Streak L10
Cincinnati Reds 56 40 0.583 31-18 25-22 404 348 56 Won 5 8-2
Pittsburgh Pirates 54 41 0.568 1.5 32-15 22-26 390 350 40 Lost 1 6-4
St Louis Cardinals 50 46 0.521 6 26-21 24-25 467 383 84 Lost 1 4-6
Milwaukee Brewers 44 51 0.463 11.5 26-23 18-28 421 433 -12 Lost 4 4-6
Chicago Cubs 39 56 0.411 16.5 24-21 15-35 349 424 -75 Won 1 6-4
Houston Astros 34 63 0.351 22.5 24-22 10-41 373 485 -112 Lost 7 1-9

Today’s Game

The Cardinals hope to avoid a series loss as they host the defending Cy Young champion Clayton Kershaw. Starting for the Cardinals will be Adam Wainwright. Kershaw has a 7-5 record on the year and a 2.74 ERA. He has some success against the Cardinals as he has earned four wins in nine starts to go with a 2.75 ERA. Wainwright has a 7-10 record this year and a 4.42 ERA. He is coming off a strong start against Milwaukee and has three wins in seven career starts against Los Angeles.

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