Daily Rant: Cardinals drop first in three game set with Indians


The St Louis Cardinals took on the Cleveland Indians in the first of a three game set last night and lost thanks to a solid outing by Indians pitcher Josh Tomlin.  The Cardinals got a good amount of hits, but couldn’t drive runners in. Who excelled for the team? Find out after the jump.

Box Score

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WP: J. Tomlin (3-3)
LP: J. Westbrook (4-6)
R. Furcal ss500000003.312
C. Beltran rf401000001.275
M. Holliday lf401000101.276
A. Craig 1b301001100.380
D. Freese 3b400000103.265
Y. Molina c413000000.337
D. Descalso 2b411000103.226
S. Robinson cf401000001.275
J. Westbrook p201000000.174
    M. Cleto p000000000.000
    M. Adams ph101200000.286
    F. Salas p000000000.000
    S. Freeman p000000000.000
    T. Greene ph100000100.208
J. Westbrook (L, 4-6)6.08431701.444.25
M. Cleto1.03220012.005.40
F. Salas1.00000001.875.60
S. Freeman1.00000101.154.15

The Positives

Justin Jeers

  • Rafael Furcal went hitless and committed his seventh error on the season.
  • Allen Craig and Daniel Descalso also committed fielding errors.
  • Furcal, David Freese, and Daniel Descalso all left three runners on. In total, the Cardinals stranded twelve base runners.
  • While Westbrook tossed a quality start, he still allowed nine base runners. It’s a wonder only three scored.
  • Mikael Cleto gave up three hits in his inning of work, including a home run that essentially put the game out of reach.

Three Stars

3) Fernando Salas/Sam Freeman – The relievers combined for two innings of shutout baseball.

2) Matt Adams – His pinch hit single in the seventh inning drove in the Cardinals only two runs.

1) Yadier Molina – A three hit night was essentially wasted by the surrounding bats in the Cardinals lineup.



Today’s Game

The Indians have now won thirteen of the last eighteen meetings with the Cardinals since 1997. The Cardinals hope to end this run tonight by sending out 5-1 Kyle Lohse to take on 2-5 Justin Masterson. Masterson has a 5.09 ERA to Lohse’s 3.21 mark. Game time is set for 6:15