Daily Rant: Cardinals unload on Dodgers for series win

The Cardinals hosted the Dodgers for the fourth game in their four game set. Going into the game with a 2-1 series lead, they were hoping to avoid the tie. With an eighteen hit onslaught, they ensured the series win and guaranteed they wouldn’t lose any ground in the divisional race. More details after the jump.

Box Score

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Los Angeles Dodgers 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 4 8 1
St Louis Cardinals 0 0 0 2 4 1 0 0 X 7 18 1
WP J. Westbrook (9-8)
LP C. Capuano (10-6)
SV J. Motte (22)

 

AB R H RBI HR BB K SB LOB Season Avg
R. Furcal ss 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 .276
D. Descalso 2b 5 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .234
M. Holliday lf 4 2 2 1 1 1 0 0 0 .321
A. Craig rf-1b 5 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 .299
D. Freese 3b 3 2 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 .314
    S. Schumaker ph-rf 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .317
M. Carpenter 1b-3b 5 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 2 .288
T. Cruz c 4 0 2 2 0 0 1 0 3 .213
J. Jay cf 3 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 .301
J. Westbrook p 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 7 .171
    T. Greene ph 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .219
    M. Boggs p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
    J. Motte p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
 Totals 40 7 18 7 1 2 3 0 19

 

IP H R ER BB K HR WHIP Season ERA
J. Westbrook (W, 9-8) 7.0 7 4 3 1 6 0 1.28 3.61
M. Boggs (H, 15) 1.0 1 0 0 1 2 0 1.10 1.71
J. Motte (S, 22) 1.0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0.93 2.66

The Positives

  • Rafael Furcal hit a single and was one of the few Cardinals without an RBI.
  • Daniel Descalso hit a single and scored a run.
  • Matt Holliday picked up two hits including his seventeenth home run of the season. He’s challenging Carlos Beltran‘s lead in RBIs with 64 on the season.
  • Allen Craig also had two hits including his eighteenth double. He drove in his 50th run of the season.
  • David Freese was a perfect 3-3. He recorded two RBIs and scored two runs.
  • Skip Schumaker ended up coming into the game when Freese left with an injury and he went a perfect 2-2.
  • Matt Carpenter had a three hit night and recorded his 22nd RBI.
  • Tony Cruz hit two singles and drove in two runs.
  • Jon Jay picked up a single and a walk.
  • Jake Westbrook recorded a quality start, going seven innings and only allowing three earned runs.
  • Mitchell Boggs and Jason Motte closed the game out, with Boggs pitching a scoreless inning and Motte striking out the side in the ninth to record his 22nd save.

Justin’s Jeers

  • The only real complaint is the injury to Freese. The Cardinals have serious health issues this year. It’s scary to think how good this team would be if everyone had stayed healthy all year.

Three Stars

3) Allen Craig – Craig scored two of the Cardinals runs and drove in another with a double.

2) Matt Holliday – Holliday hit another home run and scored two runs of his own.

1) David Freese- Freese had a great night even without finishing the game.

Standings

Central W L Pct GB Home Road RS RA Diff Streak L10
Cincinnati Reds 58 40 0.592 31-18 27-22 413 353 60 Won 7 8-2
Pittsburgh Pirates 56 42 0.571 2 33-16 23-26 399 360 39 Won 2 7-3
St Louis Cardinals 53 46 0.535 5.5 29-21 24-25 485 391 94 Won 3 7-3
Milwaukee Brewers 44 54 0.449 14 26-24 18-30 435 455 -20 Lost 7 2-8
Chicago Cubs 40 57 0.412 17.5 24-21 16-36 356 428 -72 Lost 1 5-5
Houston Astros 34 66 0.340 25 24-25 10-41 381 499 -118 Lost 10 0-10

Today’s Game

Today the Cardinals travel to Chicago to take on the Cubs in a rematch from July 22. Travis Wood faces the Lance Lynn for both pitchers’ second starts in a row. Last time around, Lynn got the better of Wood, as the Cubs hurler pitched six innings and allowed six earned runs. Lance Lynn, however, pitched six innings of shutout baseball. Will the results be the same this time around? Find out today at 1:20

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