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 pile it on in big win over Rockies


The Cardinals traveled to Coors Field in Colorado for a three game set and took game one convincingly. They jumped out to an early first inning lead and held on to win 11-6. More details follow after the jump.

Box Score

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
St Louis Cardinals 4 1 0 0 0 1 3 2 0 11 15 2
Colorado Rockies 2 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 1 6 12 0
WP K. Lohse (11-2)
LP J. Francis (3-3)

 

AB R H RBI HR BB K SB LOB Season Avg
D. Descalso ss 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .239
A. Craig 1b 3 2 3 3 0 2 0 0 0 .298
M. Holliday lf 5 2 2 4 1 0 2 0 3 .320
C. Beltran rf 5 2 2 2 1 0 0 0 1 .284
D. Freese 3b 5 1 2 1 1 0 0 0 1 .318
Y. Molina c 5 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 .306
J. Jay cf 5 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 3 .287
S. Schumaker 2b 4 2 2 0 0 1 0 0 1 .323
K. Lohse p 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 .091
    B. Fuentes p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
    F. Salas p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
    M. Carpenter ph 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .291
    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 39 11 15 11 3 3 3 1 14

 

IP H R ER BB K HR WHIP Season ERA
K. Lohse (W, 11-2) 6.0 9 5 5 2 5 1 1.12 2.91
B. Fuentes 0.2 1 0 0 1 0 0 1.71 0.00
F. Salas (H, 4) 0.1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.49 4.23
M. Boggs 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.10 1.61
J. Motte 1.0 1 1 1 1 3 0 0.96 2.74

The Positives

  • Allen Craig had a perfect night, reaching base five times on three singles and two walks. He also drove in three runs and scored two of his own.
  • Matt Holliday had two hits, including his 26th double and 19th home run. He scored twice and drove in four runs.
  • Carlos Beltran hit his 24th home run and 15th double in a two hit effort. He scored twice and drove in two runs.
  • David Freese pitched in with a two hit night. He hit a solo shot which was his 15th home run of the season.
  • Yadier Molina recorded two singles.
  • Jon Jay hit an RBI single and stole his tenth base.
  • Skip Schumaker picked up two singles and scored twice.
  • Brian Fuentes, Fernando Salas, and Mitchell Boggs combined for two innings of scoreless baseball. The Cardinals also bolstered the bullpen earlier in the day with a trade for Edward Mujica. More details on the trade will be up later today.

Justin’s Jeers

  • Kyle Lohse got hit around and his ten game quality start streak came to an end. He still picked up the win, but he gave up five earned runs through six innings.
  • Jason Motte struck out the side, but gave up a run in a non-save opportunity.

Three Stars

3) Carlos Beltran – Beltran’s first inning homer set the pace for the Cardinals.

2) Allen Craig – Craig exploded with a perfect 5-5 night reaching base.

1) Matt Holliday – Holliday led the way offensively with four RBIs.

Standings

Central W L Pct GB Home Road RS RA Diff Streak L10
Cincinnati Reds 62 41 0.602 32-19 30-22 444 379 65 Won 1 9-1
Pittsburgh Pirates 59 44 0.573 3 33-16 26-28 423 391 32 Won 1 6-4
St Louis Cardinals 55 48 0.534 7 29-21 26-27 509 410 99 Won 1 7-3
Milwaukee Brewers 47 56 0.456 15 29-26 18-30 470 488 -18 Won 2 3-7
Chicago Cubs 43 59 0.422 18.5 27-23 16-36 383 450 -67 Lost 1 5-5
Houston Astros 35 70 0.333 28 25-27 10-43 406 532 -126 Lost 2 1-9

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