JULY 27, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; St. Louis Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday (7) is greeted by teammates after hitting a home run against the Chicago Cubs in the first inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-US PRESSWIRE

Daily Rant: Cardinals put on power show against the Cubs

The Cardinals tied a Major League record by hitting home runs in each of the first five innings on Friday. They held off a late surge to pick up the victory against the Cubs and stand their ground in the NL Central race. More details after the jump.

Box Score

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
St Louis Cardinals 1 4 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 9 10 0
Chicago Cubs 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 10 1
WP L. Lynn (13-4)
LP T. Wood (4-6)
SV J. Motte (23)
AB R H RBI HR BB K SB LOB Season Avg
R. Furcal ss 5 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 3 .272
J. Jay cf 3 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 .296
M. Holliday lf 5 1 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 .325
A. Craig rf 5 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 2 .296
L. Berkman 1b 4 2 2 1 1 0 0 0 1 .294
Y. Molina c 4 1 1 2 1 0 1 0 1 .302
M. Carpenter 3b 3 2 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 .289
D. Descalso 2b 3 1 2 1 0 1 0 1 0 .240
L. Lynn p 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 .086
    T. Greene ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 .218
    B. Fuentes p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
    B. Browning p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
    S. Schumaker ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 .315
    F. Salas p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
    M. Rzepczynski 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 34 9 10 9 5 4 7 2 10

 

IP H R ER BB K HR WHIP Season ERA
L. Lynn (W, 13-4) 5.0 8 6 6 2 3 1 1.24 3.42
B. Fuentes (H, 1) 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.00 0.00
B. Browning (H, 2) 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.69 3.12
F. Salas (H, 3) 0.1 1 0 0 1 0 0 1.53 4.34
M. Rzepczynski (H, 13) 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.41 4.86
J. Motte (S, 23) 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0.93 2.60

The Positives

  • Jon Jay was held hitless, but reached base on a walk, stole his ninth base of the season, and scored a run.
  • Matt Holliday had a three hit night, including a two run homer. The home run was his 18th of the season.
  • Allen Craig hit a solo shot. It was his 15th home run of the year.
  • Lance Berkman had two hits, including his second home run of the season.
  • Yadier Molina hit his 16th home run of the season.
  • Matt Carpenter joined in and hit his 4th homer of the year.
  • Daniel Descalso recorded two hits, including his fourth triple of the year. He also stole his fourth base.
  • Brian Fuentes, Barrett Browning, Fernando Salas, Marc Rzepczynski, and Jason Motte combine for four innings of scoreless baseball. Fuentes pitched a perfect frame in his first appearance as a Cardinal. Motte recorded his 23rd save of the year.

Justin’s Jeers

  • Even though Lance Lynn picked up his league-leading 13th win of the season, he looked very poor. He only lasted five innings and gave up six earned runs.
  • Rafael Furcal was kept off-base completely in the game.

Three Stars

3) Daniel Descalso – Descalso picked up two hits and scored a run. He also stole a base and reached base on a walk.

2) Yadier Molina – Molina blasted a home run and drove in two runs.

1) Matt Holliday – Holliday led the way offensively for the Cardinals, picking up three hits and driving in two runs.

Standings

Central W L Pct GB Home Road RS RA Diff Streak L10
Cincinnati Reds 59 40 0.596 31-18 28-22 416 353 63 Won 8 9-1
Pittsburgh Pirates 57 42 0.576 2 33-16 24-26 405 365 40 Won 3 8-2
St Louis Cardinals 54 46 0.540 5.5 29-21 25-25 494 397 97 Won 4 7-3
Milwaukee Brewers 45 54 0.455 14 27-24 18-30 441 455 -14 Won 1 3-7
Chicago Cubs 40 58 0.408 18.5 24-22 16-36 362 437 -75 Lost 2 4-6
Houston Astros 34 67 0.337 26 24-26 10-41 386 505 -119 Lost 11 0-10

Today’s Game

The Cardinals face the Cubs again at 12:05 today. Carlos Beltran returns to the lineup, but David Freese is sitting out another game. The Cardinals send Joe Kelly to the mound for his first start against Chicago. He is 1-3 on the season with a 2.78 ERA. He currently sports a consecutive quality start streak of six. The Cubs are starting Jeff Samardzija. Samardzija is 7-8 with a 4.25 ERA. He has three wins in four career starts against the Cardinals, but only a 5.29 ERA to show for it. He pitched a six and two thirds innings shutout against the Redbirds his last time out.

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