August 6, 2012; St. Louis, MO. USA; St. Louis Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday (7) celebrates with center fielder Jon Jay (19) after defeating the San Francisco Giants at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals won 8-2. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-US PRESSWIRE

Daily Rant: Cardinals unleash offense on Matt Cain

The Cardinals hosted the San Francisco Giants in the first game of a four game series on Monday night. They made the match-up with the usually daunting Matt Cain look easy as they beat the Giants 8-2.

Box Score

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
San Francisco Giants 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 8 0
St Louis Cardinals 0 2 0 0 0 3 3 0 X 8 12 0
WP J. Westbrook (11-8)
LP M. Cain (10-5)
AB R H RBI HR BB K SB LOB Season Avg
D. Descalso 2b 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 5 .245
A. Craig 1b 5 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .293
M. Holliday lf 4 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 .323
C. Beltran rf 3 2 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 .286
D. Freese 3b 2 2 1 2 0 1 1 0 0 .312
Y. Molina c 3 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 .317
J. Jay cf 4 1 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 .296
R. Furcal ss 3 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 2 .267
J. Westbrook p 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 .154
    M. Carpenter ph 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 .295
    E. Mujica p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
    F. Salas p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
    S. Schumaker ph 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .321
    B. Fuentes p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
 Totals 33 8 12 8 1 4 7 0 11

 

IP H R ER BB K HR WHIP Season ERA
J. Westbrook (W, 11-8) 6.0 7 2 2 0 4 2 1.32 3.76
E. Mujica (H, 16) 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1.12 3.98
F. Salas 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.51 4.76
B. Fuentes 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1.25 2.25

The Positives

  • Allen Craig hit his 21st double of the season and scored a run.
  • Matt Holliday hit his 28th double of the year and also scored a run.
  • Carlos Beltran scored two runs. One was on a solo shot which was his 26th home run of the season. He also drew a walk.
  • David Freese hit a two RBI single to bring his season total to 64. He also reached base on a walk and scored two runs.
  • Yadier Molina hit a single, reached base on a walk, and scored a run.
  • Jon Jay was a perfect 4-4 with four singles. He drove in two runs and scored another.
  • Rafael Furcal hit an RBI single. He now has 43 runs batted in on the season.
  • Matt Carpenter hit a pinch-hit two RBI single.
  • Jake Westbrook hurled a six inning, two earned run quality start. He gave up no walks and only allowed seven base runners.
  • Edward Mujica, who hasn’t allowed a run as a Cardinal, Fernando Salas, and Brian Fuentes combined for three scoreless innings to end the game. The only blemish was a hit given up by Mujica.

Justin’s Jeers

Three Stars

3) David Freese – Freese hit a two RBI single and scored twice.

2) Carlos Beltran – Beltran’s solo shot tied the game in the second and the Cardinals never looked back.

1) Jon Jay – Jay was perfect at the plate with a four hit performance.

Standings

Central W L Pct GB Home Road RS RA Diff Streak L10
Cincinnati Reds 66 43 0.606 36-20 30-23 472 403 69 Lost 2 7-3
Pittsburgh Pirates 62 46 0.574 3.5 34-16 28-30 445 405 40 Won 2 6-4
St Louis Cardinals 60 49 0.550 6 33-21 27-28 546 430 116 Won 4 7-3
Milwaukee Brewers 49 59 0.454 16.5 31-26 18-33 493 503 -10 Won 1 5-5
Chicago Cubs 43 64 0.402 22 27-24 16-40 395 476 -81 Lost 6 3-7
Houston Astros 36 74 0.327 30.5 25-28 11-46 419 562 -143 Lost 2 2-8
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