Daily Rant: Cardinals take first game with blowout victory


The Cardinals traveled to Kauffman Stadium to take on the Royals in the first game of a three game series last night. After a huge second inning, the Cardinals jumped out to a commanding lead and held on for the 11-4 win. Find out who did well after the jump.

Box Score

St. Louis46010000011170
Kansas City1002000014110
WP: J. Kelly (1-0)
LP: V. Mazzaro (3-2)
R. Furcal ss321002103.289
    D. Descalso 2b101000000.245
J. Jay cf521000203.336
M. Holliday lf513001103.288
C. Beltran dh522400003.309
Y. Molina c512100011.319
D. Freese 3b413201010.276
M. Carpenter 1b422100001.296
T. Greene 2b-ss501200104.228
S. Schumaker rf301101203.305
    S. Robinson ph-rf100000100.254
J. Kelly (W, 1-0)6.09330111.633.52
S. Freeman1.00001001.445.40
E. Sanchez1.00000101.324.61
F. Salas1.02111101.734.56

The Positives

  • Rafael Furcal hit a single and scored two runs for the Cardinals. His average is not sitting a .289.
  • Jon Jay hit a single in his first game back from injury and also scored two runs. He also made a lot of great plays in the field.
  • Matt Holliday had a three hit night and scored a run.
  • Carlos Beltran hit two doubles which drove in four runs. He also scored two runs himself.
  • Yadier Molina had a two hit night, scored a run, and drove in another. He also stole his seventh base.
  • David Freese had three hits, two RBIs, and a run. He also stole his first base of the season.
  • Matt Carpenter had a single and a double in his first game back from injury. He scored two runs and drove in another.
  • Tyler Greene hit a double to drive in two runs.
  • Skip Schumaker rounded things out for the Cardinals, as every starter had a hit. Schumaker’s double drove in a run.
  • Joe Kelly pitched a quality start. He gave up three through six innings and gave up nine hits. His only real mistake was the home run given up to Salvador Perez.
  • Sam Freeman and Eduardo Sanchez combined for two scoreless innings. The only blemish was a walk allowed by Freeman.

Justin’s Jeers

  • Offensively, the Cardinals didn’t give much to complain about, but, as usual, they left a ton of men stranded. 21 base runners were left on base, with Tyler Greene leading the way with four runners left on.
  • Fernando Salas gave up an earned run on two hits and a walk.

Three Stars

3) Tyler Greene – Greene had a two RBI double to blow the game out for the Cardinals

2) David Freese – Freese had a three hit night and drove in two runs.

1) Carlos Beltran – Beltran’s four RBI night led the way for the Cardinals.



Today’s Game

The Cardinals take on the Royals in game two today at 1:10. Adam Wainwright takes the mound for the Cardinals against Luis Mendoza. Wainwright is 5-7 with a 4.46 ERA, while Mendoza is 2-3 with a 4.69 ERA.