August 17, 2012; St. Louis, MO. USA; St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Jake Westbrook (35) sits in the dugout after being removed from the game during the eighth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Busch Stadium. The Pirates won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-US PRESSWIRE

Daily Rant: Cardinals can't get offense going against James McDonald


The Cardinals had the opportunity to pull ahead of the Pirates in the Wild Card race but couldn’t get offense on James McDonald. With only four hits in the game, the Birds failed to support Jake Westbrook‘s quality start.

Box Score

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Pittsburgh Pirates 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 6 0
St Louis Cardinals 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 4 1
WP J. McDonald (11-5)
LP J. Westbrook (12-9)
SV J. Hanrahan (34)

 

AB R H RBI HR BB K SB LOB Season Avg
J. Jay cf 3 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 .304
A. Craig 1b 3 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 .303
M. Holliday lf 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 .306
C. Beltran rf 3 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 .279
D. Freese 3b 4 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 .301
D. Descalso 2b 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4 .230
T. Cruz c 2 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 .226
R. Furcal ss 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 3 .267
J. Westbrook p 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .136
    M. Rzepczynski p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
    M. Carpenter ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .312
    F. Salas p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
 Totals 29 1 4 1 0 4 10 0 10

 

IP H R ER BB K HR WHIP Season ERA
J. Westbrook (L, 12-9) 7.2 6 2 1 3 3 0 1.28 3.50
M. Rzepczynski 0.1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.38 4.93
F. Salas 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.43 4.30

The Positives

  • Allen Craig hit his 26th double of the season.
  • Carlos Beltran hit a single and scored the Cardinals only run.
  • David Freese hit a single and his 21st double of the year.
  • Jake Westbrook hurled seven and two thirds innings of one earned run baseball. He gave up six hits and six walks.
  • Marc Rzepczynski and Fernando Salas combined to pitch a perfect inning and a third to close the game out.

Justin’s Jeers

Three Stars

3) Fernando Salas – Salas pitched a perfect frame, but had no lead to protect

2) David Freese- Freese was the only offensive player that showed up.

1) Jake Westbrook – Westbrook pitched a gem, but the offense couldn’t back him up.

Standings

Central W L Pct GB Home Road RS RA pW pL Streak Magic#
Cincinnati Reds 73 47 0.608 0 40-21 33-26 515 436 70 50 Won 2 37
Pittsburgh Pirates 66 53 0.555 6.5 37-23 29-30 497 478 62 57 Won 2 37
St Louis Cardinals 64 55 0.538 8.5 36-25 28-30 578 470 72 47 Lost 2 35
Milwaukee Brewers 54 64 0.458 18 35-26 19-38 543 549 58 60 Won 2 26
Chicago Cubs 46 72 0.390 26 30-28 16-44 432 525 48 70 Lost 2 18
Houston Astros 39 81 0.325 34 27-33 12-48 451 605 43 77 Lost 2 9













Wild Card W L Pct GB Home Road RS RA pW pL Streak Magic#
Atlanta Braves 70 49 0.588 0 35-27 34-22 554 461 70.313 48.687 Won 3 38
Pittsburgh Pirates 66 53 0.555 0 37-23 28-30 495 471 62.455 56.545 Won 1 42
Los Angeles Dodgers 65 55 0.542 1.5 36-24 28-30 480 450 63.867 56.133 Lost 2 42
St Louis Cardinals 64 55 0.538 2 36-24 28-30 577 466 72.023 46.977 Lost 1 42
Arizona Diamondbacks 60 59 0.504 6 31-26 28-33 530 497 63.320 55.680 Won 1 38

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