Daily Rant: Cardinals lose in shutout against the Phillies


The Cardinals took on Kyle Kendrick and the Phillies last night and the results weren’t pretty. The Cardinals bats were stymied by a sharp Kendrick. Kendrick has been an enigma for the Phillies, constantly bouncing between relevant pitcher and replacement player. The Cardinals made him look like the latter. Were there any positives? Find out after the jump.

Box Score

St. Louis000000000070
WP: K. Kendrick (1-4)
LP: J. Garcia (3-3)
S. Schumaker cf401000001.303
T. Greene ss401000101.240
M. Holliday lf400000102.261
C. Beltran rf401000001.291
D. Freese 3b402000101.273
M. Adams 1b301000002.320
T. Cruz c300000002.121
D. Descalso 2b300000002.215
J. Garcia p100000000.261
    A. Chambers ph100000100.200
    E. Sanchez p000000000.000
    S. Robinson ph101000000.261
    C. Fick p000000000.000
J. Garcia (L, 3-3)6.06442601.403.78
E. Sanchez2.00001201.073.86
C. Fick1.01000001.000.00

The Positives

  • Not a lot to rave about in a shutout. The Cardinals didn’t get dominated by Kendrick, but they couldn’t get timely hits with runners on. Twelve runners were left on base
  • Schumaker, Greene, Beltran, Adams, and Robinson picked up hits.
  • Freese had two hits.
  • That’s it.

Justin’s Jeers

  • Holliday, Cruz, and Descalso were held hitless.
  • As stated, twelve men were left on base. With seven hits, the Cardinals were getting on base; they just couldn’t hit with runners on.
  • Jaime did not pitch well. Through six innings, he gave up four earned runs to eight baserunners.

Three Stars

3) Chuckie Fick – Fick was called up to replace a struggling Fernando Salas. After a solid showing at AAA, Fick had a successful debut, pitching a scoreless ninth inning.

2) Eduardo Sanchez – Sanchez took over for Jaime Garcia in the seventh and pitched two scoreless innings in an effort to keep the Cardinals in the game.

1) David Freese – Freese had two hits, but very little support around him.



Today’s Game

With a series loss already wrapped up, the Cardinals go into today’s game hoping to avoid getting swept and losing anymore ground to the Cincinnati Reds. The makings for a solid pitching matchup are there as two time Cy Young winner Roy Halladay brings his 4-4 record in to Busch Stadium to take on 3-5 Adam Wainwright. Halladay has one career start in Busch Stadium. He took a no decision, but lasted six innings and only allowed one earned run. This season he sports a 3.58 ERA. Wainwright has been inconsistent this season and currently has a 4.78 ERA. He is coming off his best start of the season against the Padres. Game time is set for 1:15.