August 1, 2012; Denver, CO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday (7) is greeted by teammates after hitting a home run during the seventh inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-US PRESSWIRE

Daily Rant: Cardinals take series with a win in Colorado

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The Cardinals played the Rockies in the second game of their three game set on Wednesday night. After a short rain delay in the seventh, the Cardinals came away with a victory to keep pace with the Reds and Pirates. Matt Holliday had a great game and is emerging as a dark horse MVP candidate. More details follow after the jump.

Box Score

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
St Louis Cardinals 2 1 0 0 0 0 3 1 2 9 12 1
Colorado Rockies 0 0 0 1 0 4 0 0 1 6 11 0
WP J. Westbrook (10-8)
LP M. Belisle (3-3)

 

AB R H RBI HR BB K SB LOB Season Avg
D. Descalso ss 4 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 .239
A. Craig 1b 5 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 4 .296
M. Holliday lf 4 3 3 5 2 0 1 0 0 .325
C. Beltran rf 5 1 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 .285
D. Freese 3b 5 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 3 .316
Y. Molina c 5 2 3 1 0 0 0 0 1 .310
J. Jay cf 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 .283
T. Greene 2b 4 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 2 .222
J. Westbrook p 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 .162
    S. Schumaker ph 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .323
    E. Mujica p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
    L. Berkman ph 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .282
    M. Boggs p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
    M. Rzepczynski p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
 Totals 37 9 12 7 2 4 6 1 16

 

IP H R ER BB K HR WHIP Season ERA
J. Westbrook (W, 10-8) 6.0 9 5 5 4 2 0 1.32 3.79
E. Mujica (H, 13) 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.12 4.28
M. Boggs (H, 16) 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1.09 1.58
M. Rzepczynski 1.0 1 1 1 0 1 1 1.44 4.93

The Positives

  • Daniel Descalso led off for the Cardinals and picked up a single and scored a run.
  • Allen Craig also hit a single and scored a run. He is working to get his average back over .300
  • Matt Holliday had his best game of the season. He his a single and two home runs and drove in five runs. The home runs were his 20th and 21st of the season.
  • Carlos Beltran hit two singles, scored a run, and stole his tenth base of the season.
  • David Freese hit his 20th double of the season.
  • Yadier Molina had a three hit night. He hit two singles and hit 19th double of the season. He scored twice and drove in a run.
  • Tyler Greene got the start at second base and hit an RBI double.
  • Edward Mujica had a good debut with the Cardinals. He pitched a perfect seventh inning.
  • Mitchell Boggs followed with a scoreless eighth inning.

Justin’s Jeers

  • Jake Westbrook got beat up. He pitched six innings and gave up five earned runs. He was tortured by the long ball, as two of his nine hits allowed were home runs. He also didn’t do himself any favors by allowing four walks.
  • Marc Rzepczynski gave up a third home run in the ninth inning, but shut down the rest of the Reds hitters.
  • Jon Jay was held hitless. He was the only Cardinals starter to not reach base with a hit.

Three Stars

3) Carlos Beltran – Beltran had a solid night at the plate and even pitched in a stolen base

2) Yadier Molina – Molina recorded three hits and scored two of the Cardinals runs.

1) Matt Holliday – Holliday had his best game of the season and led the Cardinals to victory.

Standings

Central W L Pct GB Home Road RS RA Diff Streak L10
Cincinnati Reds 63 41 0.606 33-19 30-22 450 383 67 Won 2 9-1
Pittsburgh Pirates 60 44 0.577 3 33-16 27-28 431 395 36 Won 2 6-4
St Louis Cardinals 56 48 0.538 7 29-21 27-27 518 416 102 Won 2 7-3
Milwaukee Brewers 48 56 0.462 15 30-26 18-30 483 482 1 Won 3 4-6
Chicago Cubs 43 60 0.417 19.5 27-24 16-36 387 458 -71 Lost 2 5-5
Houston Astros 35 71 0.330 29 25-27 10-44 410 545 -135 Lost 3 1-9
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