Daily Rant: Offensive onslaught powers Cardinals past Braves


On a hot Memorial Day Monday, the St Louis Cardinals traveled to Turner Field to take on the Braves in game one of a three game set. When the Braves came to St Louis, they swept the Cardinals in their home stadium. The Cardinals moved one step closer to getting revenge with an 8-2 victory. Who excelled for the Cardinals? Find out after the jump.

Box Score

St. Louis0042020008140
WP: L. Lynn (8-1)
LP: T. Hanson (5-4)
R. Furcal ss523110101.340
S. Schumaker cf322001100.329
    S. Robinson ph-cf100000000.254
M. Holliday lf312001102.274
C. Beltran rf300002107.285
M. Adams 1b513300105.382
Y. Molina c511100206.321
D. Descalso 3b512210000.227
T. Greene 2b501000001.235
L. Lynn p400000301.120
    M. Rzepczynski p000000000.000
    A. Chambers ph100000101.143
    E. Sanchez p000000000.000
L. Lynn (W, 8-1)7.05221801.072.54
M. Rzepczynski1.00001100.983.44
E. Sanchez1.00000100.883.18

The Positives

  • Rafael Furcal had another fantastic game. His three hit performance would have been impressive enough, but he also hit his fourth home run of the season.
  • Skip Schumaker had a two hit day and scored two runs.
  • Matt Holliday joined the club with two hits of his own. He scored one of the Cardinals runs.
  • Matt Adams had his best game to date. A 3-5 day with three RBIs and his fifth double of the season helped break the game open.
  • Daniel Descalso also had a two hit day, including his second home run of the season.
  • Tyler Greene wasn’t great at the plate, but he made two fantastic plays at second place, including a diving stop on an Eric Hinske grounder that saved a handful of runs.
  • Lance Lynn had a fantastic outing. His seven inning, two earned run performance earned him his eighth win, which ties him with Cole Hamels for the league lead.

Justin’s Jeers

  • Not really a lot to complain about, as the Cardinals had a great all around showing. The only downside would be Carlos Beltran‘s performance. He was 0-3 and left seven men on base, but he did walk twice and obviously can’t be a force at the plate every game.

Three Stars

3) Rafael Furcal – Furcal’s three hit day helped push the Cardinals to victory. His solo shot in the fourth gave the Cardinals an insurance run.

2) Daniel Descalso – Dirty Dan hit what ended up being the game winning home run in the third inning. He isn’t known for power, but he showed a good stroke with the bat in his one.

1) Matt Adams – Even without Descalso’s blast, the Cardinals had this one in hand thanks to Adams’s best performance to date. Adams had two singles and a double and knocked in three runs.



Today’s Game

After taking game one of the series, the Cardinals hope to add on to the Braves’ woes. 4-3 Jake Westbrook takes on rookie Randall Delgado who carries a 2-5 record. Westbrook has a 3.37 ERA and is coming off his worst start of the season. Delgado has a 4.53 ERA and hasn’t started in Busch Stadium.