Daily Rant: Cardinals demolished in series opener against Pirates


The Cardinals kicked off a three game home set with the Pirates in poor fashion on Thursday night as they were defeated 14-5. Adam Wainwright had another very poor showing and the offense was held to two hits through the last six innings. Find out more after the jump.

Box Score

St Louis014000000570
WPK. Correia (4-6)
LPA. Wainwright (6-8)
R. Furcal ss310001000.280
J. Jay cf411000100.323
M. Holliday lf402000202.303
    S. Robinson rf000000000.246
C. Beltran rf411100101.311
    M. Rzepczynski p000000000.000
A. Craig 1b422310101.314
Y. Molina c400000100.311
D. Freese 3b401100000.284
D. Descalso 2b300001001.230
A. Wainwright p200000101.062
    E. Sanchez p000000000.000
    S. Schumaker ph100000001.297
    F. Salas p000000000.000
    S. Freeman p000000000.000
    M. Carpenter lf100000100.293
A. Wainwright (L, 6-8)5.011771721.344.75
E. Sanchez1.03220011.606.60
F. Salas1.01222001.866.04
S. Freeman1.01001101.426.00
M. Rzepczynski1.03331011.566.00

The Positives

  • Jon Jay, Carlos Beltran, and David Freese picked up singles. Jay scored a run, while Beltran and Freese each drove in one a piece.
  • Matt Holliday had a two hit night. He hit two singles to raise his average to .303.
  • Allen Craig also had a two hit night as he hit his eleventh home run of the season. He ended the night with three RBI.
  • Sam Freeman pitched a scoreless inning.

Justin’s Jeers

  • Rafael Furcal, Yadier Molina, and Daniel Descalso were held hitless. Furcal and Descalso did reach base on walks, though.
  • The Cardinals stranded seven runners. Matt Holliday led the way with two.
  • Adam Wainwright had an awful outing, as he gave up seven earned runs and twelve base runners through five innings. He struck out seven, but allowed two home runs.
  • Eduardo Sanchez and Fernando Salas each gave up two earned runs in their innings of work. Sanchez gave up a third home run for the Cardinals pitching.
  • Marc Rzepczynski pitched the ninth inning and gave up three earned runs including the fourth Pirates home run of the game.

Three Stars

3) Matt Holliday – A two hit night, but he didn’t push any runs across the plate.

2) Carlos Beltran – Beltran picked up another RBI to pad his All Star argument.

1) Allen Craig – Craig proved why he is vital to this team with another home run.


 Cincinnati Reds4234.55323-1619-18326293+33Won 14-6
 Pittsburgh Pirates4135.5391.023-1318-22286283+3Won 36-4
 St. Louis Cardinals4037.5192.517-1723-20387327+60Lost 26-4
 Milwaukee Brewers3442.4478.018-1916-23332352–20Lost 14-6
 Houston Astros3245.41610.523-199-26319368–49Lost 24-6
 Chicago Cubs2749.35515.017-2010-29280355–75Won 15-5

Today’s Game

Jeff Karstens takes the mound for the Pirates. He is 0-2 with a 6.35 ERA. Meanwhile, 10-3 Lance Lynn leads the way for the Cardinals. He is looking to rebound from one of his worst starts of the season. Currently he has a 3.23 ERA. Game time is set for 1:15