Daily Rant: Cardinals can’t strike against White Sox pitching


The Cardinals faced the White Sox in the first game of their three game set last night and the results were not what the team wanted. Even though the Cardinals put ten hits up in five innings against the Sox rookie starter, they couldn’t get hits with runners on. Adam Wainwright pitched a solid seven innings, but was still saddled with the loss in a 6-1 game. More details follow after the jump.

Box Score

Chi White Sox0200000406110
St. Louis0000010001110
WP: J. Quintana (2-1)
LP: A. Wainwright (5-7)
R. Furcal ss400000101.299
Y. Molina c401000000.329
M. Holliday lf412000101.279
C. Beltran rf401000102.289
A. Craig 1b402100101.352
D. Freese 3b402000101.271
T. Greene 2b402000102.217
S. Robinson cf400000004.273
A. Wainwright p201000000.071
    A. Chambers ph100000100.207
    M. Rzepczynski p000000000.000
    M. Boggs p000000000.000
    F. Salas p000000000.000
A. Wainwright (L, 5-7)7.05222701.334.75
M. Rzepczynski0.13220011.355.48
M. Boggs0.22220011.172.63
F. Salas1.01000001.825.30

The Positives

  • Yadier Molina picked up his fifteenth double of the season in a one hit night.
  • Carlos Beltran also picked up a hit and brought his average up to .289.
  • Matt Holliday, Allen Craig, David Freese, and Tyler Greene all had two hit nights, with Craig driving in the team’s only run.
  • Adam Wainwright pitched seven solid innings, only allowing seven base runners while striking out seven and allowing two earned runs. He is still in this Jekyll and Hyde mode where you can’t tell if you’ll get a good start or not.

Justin’s Jeers

  • The Cardinals left twelve runners stranded. You normally won’t win a game with that many men left on.
  • Not a single hitter took a walk. The Cardinals tend to lose games when they aren’t showing patience at the plate.
  • Rafael Furcal and Shane Robinson were held hitless. Furcal’s average is now below .300
  • Marc Rzepczynski and Mitchell Boggs didn’t offer much relief for the team, allowing four earned runs in their combined inning of work. Their efforts put the game completely out of reach.

Three Stars

3) David Freese – A two hit night was wasted by a corps that couldn’t hit with runners on base.

2) Matt Holliday – Also had a two hit night and scored the team’s only run.

1) Allen Craig – Joined the two hit party and drove in Holliday for the sole run of the game.



Today’s Game

The Cardinals hope to even the series with the White Sox today as they send out 9-2 Lance Lynn against 6-1 Jake Peavy. Lynn has a 2.66 ERA and is hoping to become the first ten game winner in the majors. Peavy currently sports a 3.05 ERA. Game time is set for 7:15.