Aug 5, 2012; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Daniel Descalso (33) makes a diving stop against the Milwaukee Brewers during the 2nd inning at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-US PRESSWIRE

Daily Rant: Cardinals gain ground on Reds with a sweep of the Brewers


The Cardinals earned the sweep in dramatic fashion by sweeping the Brewers on Sunday night. The pitching staff was lights out all the way and the offense put up just enough runs to bring home a winner and gain a game in the standings on the red-hot Reds.

Box Score

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Milwaukee Brewers 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 1
St Louis Cardinals 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 X 3 12 1
WP K. Lohse (12-2)
LP M. Estrada (0-5)
SV J. Motte (24)

 

AB R H RBI HR BB K SB LOB Season Avg
S. Schumaker 2b 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 3 .317
    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
A. Craig 1b 4 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 2 .295
M. Holliday lf 4 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 2 .324
C. Beltran rf 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .286
D. Freese 3b 4 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 2 .311
Y. Molina c 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .316
J. Jay cf 3 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 4 .284
D. Descalso ss-2b 4 1 3 1 0 0 0 0 1 .250
K. Lohse p 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .089
    E. Mujica p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
    R. Furcal ph-ss 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .266
 Totals 33 3 12 3 0 1 4 0 17

 

IP H R ER BB K HR WHIP Season ERA
K. Lohse (W, 12-2) 6.0 4 0 0 3 6 0 1.13 2.79
E. Mujica (H, 15) 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.12 4.07
M. Boggs (H, 18) 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.07 1.51
J. Motte (S, 24) 1.0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0.96 2.68

The Positives

  • Skip Schumaker hit a single.
  • Allen Craig hit his 20th double and drove in one of the Cardinals three runs.
  • Matt Holliday hit a single and his 27th double.
  • Carlos Beltran hit his 18th double and scored a run.
  • David Freese hit two singles and drove in a run.
  • Yadier Molina hit a single and his 20th double. His stolen base streak ends at three games as he was caught stealing.
  • Jon Jay reached base on a walk and scored a run.
  • Daniel Descalso hit two singles and his fifth triple of the season. His season line now sits at .250. He also scored a run and drove a run in.
  • Kyle Lohse pitched six shutout innings and only allowed seven base runners.
  • Edward Mujica, Mitchell Boggs, and Jason Motte combined for three scoreless innings to end the game. Motte struck out two in the ninth inning to earn his 24th save.

Justin’s Jeers

  • The offense did just enough to pick up the win, but with seventeen men left on, they weren’t a very efficient unit.
Three Stars
3) Matt Holliday – Holliday picked up two hits. He continues to be the Cardinals most consistent producer.
2) David Freese – Freese added two hits of his own and drove in a run.
1) Daniel Descalso – Descalso was the star of the show for the Cardinals. He picked up three hits, scored a run, and drove in what ended up being the game winning run.

Standings

Central W L Pct GB Home Road RS RA Diff Streak L10
Cincinnati Reds 66 42 0.611 36-20 30-22 469 397 72 Lost 1 8-2
Pittsburgh Pirates 61 46 0.570 4.5 33-16 28-30 441 405 36 Won 1 6-4
St Louis Cardinals 59 49 0.546 7 32-21 27-28 538 428 110 Won 3 7-3
Milwaukee Brewers 48 59 0.449 17.5 30-26 18-33 487 500 -13 Lost 3 4-6
Chicago Cubs 43 53 0.406 22 27-24 16-39 395 474 -79 Lost 5 3-7
Houston Astros 36 73 0.330 30.5 25-27 11-46 415 557 -142 Lost 1 2-8

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