Daily Rant: Cardinals complete sweep of Kansas City Royals

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The Cardinals entered Kauffman Stadium with the sour taste of a 1-2 series loss against the Royals at home. With returning players in Jon Jay and Matt Carpenter, the Cardinals offense came alive for the three game road set as they outscored the Royals 30-14.

Box Score

Final123456789RHE
St. Louis3200011401181
Kansas City2003010028141
WP: V. Marte (1-1)
LP: T. Collins (4-2)
ABRHRBIHRBBKSBLOBSeason Avg
R. Furcal ss410001102.289
A. Craig rf422201100.320
    J. Jay pr-cf000000000.339
M. Holliday lf221202010.299
C. Beltran dh511310003.308
D. Freese 3b401101000.279
Y. Molina c411111001.318
M. Carpenter 1b511000002.288
S. Robinson cf-rf220002001.250
D. Descalso 2b311101101.247
 Totals3311810293110
IPHRERBBKHRWHIPSeason ERA
L. Lynn5.19661231.203.23
V. Marte (W, 1-1; BS, 1)0.21000001.363.62
M. Rzepczynski (H, 9)0.21000001.465.33
E. Sanchez (H, 4)0.10000001.294.50
M. Boggs1.02000201.052.16
S. Freeman1.01221211.506.75

The Positives

  • Allen Craig had two hits including his tenth double of the season. He also scored two runs and drove in two.
  • Matt Holliday hit his sixteenth double, which drove in two runs. He also scored two.
  • Carlos Beltran hit his twentieth home run of the season and drove in three runs.
  • David Freese, Matt Carpenter, and Daniel Descalso hit singles. Freese and Descaslo each drove in a run, while Descalso also scored a run. Carpenter scored a run as well.
  • Yadier Molina hit his tenth home run of the season.
  • Victor Marte, Marc Rzepczynski, Edwardo Sanchez and Mitchell Boggs combined for two and two thirds innings of scoreless baseball.

Justin’s Jeers

  • Lance Lynn lasted five and a third innings but gave up six earned runs to ten base runners. He was tortured by the long ball, as he gave up three home runs.
  • Sam Freeman pitched the final innings and gave up two earned runs thanks to a home run.

Three Stars

3) Matt Holliday – Holliday’s two RBI night helped propel the Cardinals.

2) Allen Craig – Craig also had two RBIs and, like Holliday, he scored two runs.

1) Carlos Beltran – Beltran hit a three-run shot that was his twentieth home run of the season.

Standings

CentralWLPctGBHomeRoadRSRADiffStreakL10
 Cincinnati Reds3932.54921-1518-17310275+35Lost 15-5
 Pittsburgh Pirates3833.5351.023-1315-20249254–5Lost 16-4
 St. Louis Cardinals3835.5212.017-1621-19366299+67Won 36-4
 Milwaukee Brewers3339.4586.518-1815-21317332–15Lost 25-5
 Houston Astros3042.4179.521-179-25303346–43Won 24-6
 Chicago Cubs2448.33315.514-1910-29264334–70Lost 43-7

Today’s Game

After ruining the incredibly awkward home opener in Miami, the Cardinals return today for a three game set with the Marlins. Jake Westbrook takes the mound for game one. He has a 6-6 record to go with his 3.83 ERA. He faces Ricky Nolasco who is also 6-6 record. His ERA, though, is up to 5.16. Game time is set for 6:10

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