June 5, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Jaime Garcia (54) throws a pitch against the Houston Astros in the second inning at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-US PRESSWIRE

Daily Rant: Cardinals drop game in extra innings

The Cardinals put in two games worth of work on Sunday as they took the Pirates to the nineteenth inning but couldn’t get the job done. Mike Matheny has been questioned for some of the calls he made, but at the end of the day the bats weren’t there when it counted.

Box Score

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 X R H E
Pittsburgh Pirates 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 4 6 16 1
St Louis Cardinals 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 11 1
WP W. Rodriguez (8-12)
LP B. Browning (1-3)

 

AB R H RBI HR BB K SB LOB Season Avg
J. Jay cf 9 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 1 .305
A. Craig 1b 4 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .308
    D. Descalso pr-1b 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 4 .227
M. Holliday lf 7 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 .301
C. Beltran rf 7 0 2 2 0 1 1 3 1 .278
D. Freese 3b 8 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 4 .294
Y. Molina c 6 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 .317
    R. Jackson pr 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
    F. Salas p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
    A. Wainwright ph 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .125
    B. Browning p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
S. Schumaker 2b 8 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 6 .304
R. Furcal ss 8 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .266
J. Garcia p 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 .269
    M. Carpenter ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .309
    J. Motte p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
    M. Boggs p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
    S. Robinson ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .255
    E. Mujica p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
    J. Kelly p 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .130
    M. Rzepczynski p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
    T. Cruz ph-c 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .223
 Totals 68 3 11 3 0 4 15 3 21

 

IP H R ER BB K HR WHIP Season ERA
J. Garcia 8.0 5 2 0 0 10 0 1.37 4.00
J. Motte 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.95 2.73
M. Boggs 1.0 0 0 0 2 1 0 1.07 2.09
E. Mujica 1.0 1 0 0 1 0 0 1.09 3.59
J. Kelly 5.2 4 1 1 2 4 0 1.40 3.27
M. Rzepczynski 0.1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.40 4.89
F. Salas 1.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 1.42 4.20
B. Browning (L, 1-3) 1.0 4 3 3 1 0 1 1.21 5.21

The Positives

  • Jon Jay picked up three singles but no one could drive him in.
  • Allen Craig hit two singles and scored a run.
  • Carlos Beltran hit a single and his 22nd double. He drove in two runs and stole three bases.
  • Yadier Molina hit two singles.
  • Skip Schumaker and Rafael Furcal each hit a single.
  • Jaime Garcia was awesome in his first game back from the DL. He went eight innings, gave up two unearned runs, struck out ten, and issued no walks.
  • Jason Motte, Mitchell Boggs, Edward Mujica, Marc Rzepczynski, and Fernando Salas combined for four and a third innings of scoreless baseball to keep the Cardinals alive.
  • Even after coming out of the rotation, Joe Kelly was an out away from getting his usual six innings of three runs or less pitching in. He pitched five and two thirds and allowed an earned run that tied the game back up.

Justin’s Jeers

  • Matheny had a couple of bad decisions in the game that led to the loss. First off, he took Allen Craig’s bat out of the lineup in the ninth inning to put Daniel Descalso in to pinch run. Craig is no Usain Bolt, but he’s a more than capable runner. It would have made more sense to get him into scoring position before taking him out given there were no outs in the inning. The next big mistake he made was being to slow with the hook on Joe Kelly. Kelly pitched very well through five innings, but gave up a single, a wild pitch, and a hit by pitch to load the bases before Matheny finally pulled him.
  • Barrett Browning was a wreck in the 19th, giving up three earned runs on four hits and a walk.
  • Matt Holliday and David Freese went a combined 0-15. With a lineup full of .300 hitters and top RBI guys, it shouldn’t have been as much of a struggle as it was to score a single run on the Pirates bullpen.

Three Stars

3) Joe Kelly – Even though he gave up a run, Kelly came up big for the Cardinals, giving them almost six innings and saving the short relief guys a little bit of work.

2) Carlos Beltran – Beltran had two hits, both RBIs, and three steals.

1) Jaime Garcia – Jaime pitched a gem in his first game back and the offense wasted it.

Standings

Central W L Pct GB Home Road RS RA pW pL Streak Magic#
Cincinnati Reds 74 48 0.607 0 41-22 33-26 532 452 71 51 Won 1 35
Pittsburgh Pirates 67 54 0.554 6.5 37-23 30-31 507 486 63 58 Won 1 35
St Louis Cardinals 65 56 0.537 8.5 37-26 28-30 586 480 72 49 Lost 1 33
Milwaukee Brewers 54 66 0.450 19 35-28 19-38 546 561 58 62 Lost 2 23
Chicago Cubs 47 73 0.392 26 30-28 17-45 448 542 49 71 Lost 1 16
Houston Astros 39 83 0.320 35 27-35 12-48 456 625 42 80 Lost 4 6













Wild Card W L Pct GB Home Road RS RA pW pL Streak Magic#
Atlanta Braves 70 51 0.579 0 36-29 34-22 560 475 70 51 Lost 2 38
Pittsburgh Pirates 67 54 0.554 0 37-23 30-31 507 486 63 58 Won 1 41
San Francisco Giants 66 55 0.545 1 35-26 31-29 520 491 64 57 Lost 1 41
St Louis Cardinals 65 56 0.537 2 37-26 28-30 586 480 72 49 Lost 1 40
Arizona Diamondbacks 62 59 0.512 5 31-26 31-33 553 504 66 55 Won 4 37

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