August 16, 2012; St. Louis, MO. USA; St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Kyle Lohse (26) throws during the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-US PRESSWIRE

Daily Rant: Motte blows close game; Cardinals lose the sweep

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The Cardinals had the opportunity to close out a season sweep of the Diamondbacks on Thursday night, but could only muster one run against Arizona’s stingy pitching. Jason Motte came into the ninth with a meager one run cushion and couldn’t close the door.

Box Score

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Arizona Diamondbacks 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 7 1
St Louis Cardinals 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 6 0
WP D. Hernandez (2-2)
LP J. Motte (4-4)
SV J.J. Putz (23)

 

AB R H RBI HR BB K SB LOB Season Avg
J. Jay cf 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 .308
A. Craig 1b 3 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 .302
M. Holliday lf 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4 .309
    J. Motte p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
    F. Salas p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
C. Beltran rf 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .278
D. Freese 3b 4 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 .299
D. Descalso 2b 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 .234
T. Cruz c 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 .231
R. Furcal ss 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .269
K. Lohse p 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .083
    M. Rzepczynski p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
    M. Carpenter ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .314
    M. Boggs p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
    S. Robinson lf 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .250
 Totals 30 1 6 1 0 1 8 0 11

 

IP H R ER BB K HR WHIP Season ERA
K. Lohse 6.2 4 0 0 3 5 0 1.11 2.61
M. Rzepczynski (H, 15) 0.1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.39 4.97
M. Boggs (H, 22) 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.04 2.17
J. Motte (L, 4-4; BS, 5) 0.2 3 2 2 0 1 2 0.97 2.84
F. Salas 0.1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.47 4.40

The Positives

Justin’s Jeers

Three Stars

3) Rafael Furcal – Furcal had a two hit night, but didn’t get much help offensively.

2) Allen Craig – Craig drove in the Cardinals only run

1) Kyle Lohse – Lohse pitched a gem, but didn’t get any run support.

Standings

Central W L Pct GB Home Road RS RA pW pL Streak Magic#
Cincinnati Reds 71 47 0.602 0 38-21 33-26 508 425 69 49 Lost 1 39
Pittsburgh Pirates 65 53 0.551 6 37-23 28-30 495 471 62 56 Won 1 39
St Louis Cardinals 64 54 0.542 7 36-24 28-30 577 466 71 47 Lost 1 38
Milwaukee Brewers 53 64 0.453 17.5 34-26 19-38 537 543 58 59 Won 1 28
Chicago Cubs 46 70 0.397 24 30-28 16-42 429 518 47 69 Won 1 22
Houston Astros 39 80 0.328 32.5 27-32 12-48 450 602 43 76 Lost 1 12
Wild Card W L Pct GB Home Road RS RA pW pL Streak Magic#
Atlanta Braves 69 49 0.585 0 35-27 34-22 554 461 69.7218103447 48.2781896553 Won 3 40
Pittsburgh Pirates 65 53 0.551 4 37-23 28-30 495 471 62 56 Won 1 41
St Louis Cardinals 64 54 0.542 5 36-24 28-30 577 466 71 47 Lost 1 44
San Francisco Giants 64 54 0.542 5 35-26 29-28 501 476 62.0174715282 55.9825284718 Lost 1 44
Arizona Diamondbacks 59 59 0.500 10 31-26 28-33 530 497 62.787715307 55.212284693 Won 1 39
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