August 22, 2012; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals center fielder Jon Jay (19) makes a catch on a ball hit by Houston Astros first baseman Brett Wallace (not pictured) during the sixth inning at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-US PRESSWIRE

Daily Rant: Cardinals overcome early Astros offense to pick up series win


The Cardinals hosted the Astros on Tuesday night and had the daunting task of facing Cardinal killer Bud Norris. He was not the titan he usually is against the Cardinals and really hasn’t fared well in his last few starts against St Louis. The title could be fading from the usually lowly Norris.

Box Score

Houston Astros 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 0
St Louis Cardinals 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 1 X 4 9 1
WP K. Lohse (13-2)
LP B. Norris (5-11)
SV J. Motte (29)

 

AB R H RBI HR BB K SB LOB Season Avg
J. Jay cf 4 1 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 .313
M. Carpenter 3b 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .302
M. Holliday lf 4 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 .302
C. Beltran rf 3 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 .278
A. Craig 1b 4 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 3 .308
Y. Molina c 3 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 .321
D. Descalso 2b 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 4 .227
R. Furcal ss 3 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 .267
K. Lohse p 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .082
    S. Robinson ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .259
    M. Boggs p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
    J. Motte p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
 Totals 31 4 9 3 0 2 2 1 11

 

IP H R ER BB K HR WHIP Season ERA
K. Lohse (W, 13-2) 7.0 3 2 2 0 3 2 1.08 2.61
M. Boggs (H, 24) 1.0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1.07 2.05
J. Motte (S, 29) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.93 2.68

The Positives

  • Jon Jay picked up two singles, a run, an RBI, and his 14th stolen base. Jay has really emerged as an elite center fielder this season.
  • Matt Holliday hit a single and his 29th double of the season. He scored one of the Cardinals four runs, but was caught stealing on an attempt.
  • Carlos Beltran hit his 23rd double.
  • Allen Craig hit a single and scored a run.
  • Yadier Molina hit a single and drove in his 59th run.
  • Daniel Descalso hit his eighth double and drove in his 17th RBI.
  • Rafael Furcal hit a single and scored a run.
  • Kyle Lohse hurled seven innings of three hit baseball. He gave up two solo home runs, including one to former top Cardinal prospect Brett Wallace.
  • Mitchell Boggs and Jason Motte each pitched scoreless innings. Motte picked up his 29th save.

Justin’s Jeers

Three Stars

3) Matt Holliday – Holliday scored a run in a two hit performance.

2) Kyle Lohse – Lohse pitched a masterful game with only two mistakes keeping him from a shutout performance.

1) Jon Jay – Jay has been on a tear since returning from the DL.

Standings

Central W L Pct GB Home Road RS RA pW pL Magic#
Cincinnati Reds 76 49 0.608 0 41-22 35-27 545 470 72 53 30
St Louis Cardinals 67 56 0.545 8 39-26 28-30 597 482 74 49 31
Pittsburgh Pirates 67 57 0.540 8.5 37-23 30-34 515 500 64 60 30
Milwaukee Brewers 57 66 0.463 18 38-28 19-38 563 570 61 62 21
Chicago Cubs 47 76 0.382 28 30-28 17-48 457 559 49 74 11
Houston Astros 39 85 0.315 36.5 27-35 12-50 458 636 42 82 2












Wild Card W L Pct GB Home Road RS RA pW pL Magic#
Atlanta Braves 71 53 0.573 0 36-29 35-24 570 485 72 52 35
St Louis Cardinals 67 56 0.545 0 39-26 28-30 597 482 74 49 39
Pittsburgh Pirates 67 57 0.540 0.5 37-23 30-34 515 500 64 60 39
Los Angeles Dodgers 67 58 0.536 1 33-28 34-30 497 466 67 58 38
Arizona Diamondbacks 64 61 0.512 4 33-28 31-33 567 524 67 58 35

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