July 28, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Joe Kelly (58) delivers a pitch during the first inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-US PRESSWIRE

Daily Rant: Cardinals squander quality start in loss to Cubs


Joe Kelly gave the Cardinals yet another quality start and yet again got no support from his teammates as the Cubs beat the Cardinals 3-2. The offense was kept quiet after their recent surge.

Box Score

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
St Louis Cardinals 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 5 0
Chicago Cubs 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 X 3 6 0
WP J. Russell (4-0)
LP J. Kelly (1-4)
SV C. Marmol (13)

 

AB R H RBI HR BB K SB LOB Season Avg
S. Schumaker 2b 4 1 2 0 0 1 2 0 1 .320
J. Jay cf 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 4 .291
M. Holliday lf 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 .323
C. Beltran rf 4 0 0 1 0 0 3 0 1 .283
L. Berkman 1b 3 1 0 0 0 1 2 0 2 .282
Y. Molina c 3 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 2 .303
M. Carpenter 3b 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 .286
D. Descalso ss 3 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 .246
    T. Greene pr 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .218
J. Kelly p 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4 .125
    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
    A. Craig ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .295
 Totals 30 2 5 2 0 7 9 1 17

 

IP H R ER BB K HR WHIP Season ERA
J. Kelly (L, 1-4) 6.1 5 3 3 1 6 0 1.32 2.96
B. Fuentes 0.2 1 0 0 1 1 0 1.20 0.00
B. Browning 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.62 2.79

The Positives

  • Skip Schumaker led off and picked up two hits. He scored one of the Cardinals runs.
  • Yadier Molina hit a single and reached base on a walk.
  • Daniel Descalso hit two singles and drove in a run.
  • The Cardinals showed a lot of patience at the plate as Schumaker, Jon Jay, Matt Holliday, Lance Berkman, and Molina all drew walks and Matt Carpenter drew two.
  • Joe Kelly pitched another quality start, going six and a third before giving up the winning run.
  • Brian Fuentes continued his scoreless streak and Barrett Browning pitched a perfect inning to close out the game.

Justin’s Jeers

  • Obviously the biggest complaint is the complete lack of offense to support Joe Kelly. He has gotten less than five runs in every start except for one.
  • Jon Jay, Matt Holliday, Carlos Beltran, Lance Berkman, and Matt Carpenter were all held hitless.
  • The Cardinals left seventeen runners on. The biggest culprits were Jon Jay and Joe Kelly who both left four runners stranded.

Three Stars

3) Joe Kelly – Kelly kept the Cardinals in the game, but the offense couldn’t seal it.

2) Skip Schumaker – Skip picked up two hits and scored one of the Cardinals runs.

1) Daniel Descalso – Descalso also had two hits and drove in a run.

Standings

Central W L Pct GB Home Road RS RA Diff Streak L10
Cincinnati Reds 60 40 0.600 31-18 29-22 425 360 65 Won 9 9-1
Pittsburgh Pirates 58 42 0.580 2 33-16 25-26 409 368 41 Won 4 8-2
St Louis Cardinals 54 47 0.535 6.5 29-21 25-26 496 400 96 Lost 1 7-3
Milwaukee Brewers 45 55 0.450 15 27-25 18-30 442 459 -17 Lost 1 2-8
Chicago Cubs 41 58 0.414 18.5 25-22 16-36 365 439 -74 Won 1 5-5
Houston Astros 34 68 0.333 27 24-27 10-41 389 509 -120 Lost 12 0-10

Today’s Game

The Cardinals hope to pick up the series win today as they take on the Cubs at 1:20. Adam Wainwright will take the mound for the Cardinals against the Cubs and Paul Maholm. Wainwright is 8-10 on the season with a 4.31 ERA. His last two outings have been quality starts. Wainwright has six wins in sixteen starts against the Cubs. His career ERA is 4.50. In his last start against them this season, Wainwright went six innings and only gave up one earned run. Paul Maholm is enjoying a decent season and is a trade candidate. He is currently 9-6 with a 3.88 ERA. In seventeen starts against St Louis, he has four wins a 4.24 ERA.

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