August 7, 2012; St. Louis, MO. USA; St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Allen Craig (21) is congratulated by right fielder Carlos Beltran (3) after hitting a solo home run during the third inning against the San Francisco Giants at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-US PRESSWIRE

Daily Rant: Cardinals can't return from Lynn's early struggles


The Cardinals dropped a close game to the Giants on Tuesday night. Lance Lynn gave up a three run home run in the first inning and the offense never really caught up, eventually losing the game 4-2.

Box Score

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
San Francisco Giants 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 11 0
St Louis Cardinals 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 10 0
WP B. Zito (9-8)
LP L. Lynn (13-5)
SV J. Affeldt (3)

 

AB R H RBI HR BB K SB LOB Season Avg
S. Schumaker 2b 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .314
    D. Descalso ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .244
A. Craig 1b 3 2 2 2 2 1 1 0 0 .298
M. Holliday lf 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .323
C. Beltran rf 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 .286
D. Freese 3b 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 .311
Y. Molina c 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 .319
J. Jay cf 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 .300
R. Furcal ss 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 .267
L. Lynn p 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .079
    F. Salas p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
    S. Robinson ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .256
    B. Browning p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
    M. Rzepczynski p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
    M. Carpenter ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .293
 Totals 36 2 10 2 2 1 6 0 10

 

IP H R ER BB K HR WHIP Season ERA
L. Lynn (L, 13-5) 6.0 8 4 4 3 6 1 1.29 3.52
F. Salas 1.0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1.52 4.65
B. Browning 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.89 3.65
M. Rzepczynski 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.39 4.66

The Positives

Justin’s Jeers

  • Lance Lynn struggled early and never recovered. He pitched six innings and gave up four earned runs, eight hits, and three walks.
  • Skip Schumaker was held hitless.
  • The Cardinals stranded ten base runners. If any three of those cross the plate, the Cardinals take the game.

Three Stars

3) Yadier Molina – Molina picked up two hits, but couldn’t cross home plate.

2) Jon Jay – Jay had his third consecutive multi-hit game.

1) Allen Craig – Craig belted two home runs in this losing effort.

Standings

Central W L Pct GB Home Road RS RA Diff Streak L10
Cincinnati Reds 66 45 0.595 36-20 30-25 473 406 67 Lost 4 5-5
Pittsburgh Pirates 62 47 0.569 3 34-17 28-30 449 415 34 Lost 1 5-5
St Louis Cardinals 60 50 0.545 5.5 33-22 27-28 548 434 114 Lost 1 6-4
Milwaukee Brewers 51 59 0.464 14.5 33-26 18-33 496 504 -8 Won 3 6-4
Chicago Cubs 43 65 0.398 21.5 27-24 16-41 399 483 -84 Lost 7 3-7
Houston Astros 36 75 0.324 30 25-29 11-46 421 565 -144 Lost 3 2-8

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  • john weitzman

    This team has been playing “all or nothing” even with the largest run differential in the majors, they just cant win the close games. They either when buy a ton or loose. The Reds have FINALLY cooled down and the cards cant catch them.. This is there biggest issue ! More so then pitching. Pitching has been doing well of late other then last night “Wed” beat down by the Giants. I hope Waino can stop this today. This “all or nothing” will cost them dearly by the end of Sept. They just are not championship material at least not now..