Aug 3, 2012; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina (4) is congratulated after scoring a run against the Milwaukee Brewers at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Brewers 9-3. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-US PRESSWIRE

Daily Rant: Cardinals finally earn Joe Kelly a win

Joe Kelly fell just short of another quality start, but he traded his streak in for a win. The Cardinals trailed the Brewers early, but came out on top to gain some ground on the Pirates in the Wild Card race. More details follow after the jump.

Box Score

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Milwaukee Brewers 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 12 4
St Louis Cardinals 0 0 0 4 0 2 0 3 X 9 13 1
WP J. Kelly (2-4)
LP R. Wolf (3-8)

 

AB R H RBI HR BB K SB LOB Season Avg
R. Furcal ss 4 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 .270
A. Craig 1b 5 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 2 .297
    M. Rzepczynski p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
M. Holliday lf 5 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 2 .323
C. Beltran rf 5 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 4 .284
D. Freese 3b 4 1 1 2 0 0 1 0 1 .312
Y. Molina c 4 2 3 0 0 0 0 2 1 .315
D. Descalso 2b 3 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 .240
S. Robinson cf 3 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 .258
J. Kelly p 2 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 .167
    B. Browning p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
    S. Schumaker ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .319
    E. Mujica p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
    M. Boggs p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
    M. Carpenter ph-1b 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .291
 Totals 36 9 13 6 0 3 4 2 13

 

IP H R ER BB K HR WHIP Season ERA
J. Kelly (W, 2-4) 5.2 10 3 3 2 4 0 1.40 2.96
B. Browning (H, 3) 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.88 4.09
E. Mujica (H, 14) 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.12 4.28
M. Boggs (H, 17) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.07 1.58
M. Rzepczynski 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1.43 4.93

The Positives

  • Allen Craig his a single and his 19th double of the season. He also scored one of the Cardinals nine runs.
  • Matt Holliday hit two singles and drove in a run. The RBI was his 76th of the season, which ties him with teammate Carlos Beltran for the league lead.
  • Carlos Beltran hit his 17th double and scored a run.
  • David Freese hit a two RBI single and scored a run. He now has 61 RBIs on the year.
  • Yadier Molina hit three singles and scored two runs. He also flashed some of his dazzling speed, adding two steals to his season total. He astoundingly has ten steals.
  • Daniel Descalso hit a single and his sixth double to drive in two runs. He also scored a run.
  • Shane Robinson got the start in center field and hit a single and scored a run.
  • Barrett Browning, Edward Mujica, Mitchell Boggs, and Marc Rzepczynski combined for three and a third scoreless innings to close the game out.

Justin’s Jeers

  • Joe Kelly fell just short of continuing his quality start streak. He only lasted five and two thirds, but only gave up three earned runs. With ten hits and two walks, the damage could have been a lot worse.
  • Rafael Furcal went hitless at the top of the order. He did draw a walk and scored a run, though.

Three Stars

3) David Freese – Freese drove in two runs to help put the game out of reach.

2) Daniel Descalso – Descalso also drove in two runs in a two-hit effort.

1) Yadier Molina – Yadi had a 3-3 night, scored two runs, and stole two bases.

Standings

Central W L Pct GB Home Road RS RA Diff Streak L10
Cincinnati Reds 65 41 0.613 35-19 30-22 462 387 75 Won 4 9-1
Pittsburgh Pirates 60 45 0.571 4.5 33-16 27-29 431 398 33 Lost 1 6-4
St Louis Cardinals 57 49 0.538 8 30-21 27-28 529 427 102 Won 1 7-3
Milwaukee Brewers 48 57 0.457 16.5 30-26 18-31 486 491 -5 Lost 1 4-6
Chicago Cubs 43 61 0.413 21 27-24 16-37 388 464 -76 Lost 3 5-5
Houston Astros 35 72 0.327 30.5 25-27 10-45 411 549 -138 Lost 4 1-9

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