Daily Rant: Cardinals drop third straight

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The Cardinals took on the Pirates in the second game of their three game series last night. The results weren’t as bad as the first game, but the Cardinals still came out on the losing end. In a 7-3 loss, there were a few bright spots for the Redbirds. Find out more after the jump.

Box Score

Final123456789RHE
Pittsburgh400020001780
St Louis002000010360
WPK. Correia (4-6)
LPA. Wainwright (6-8)
SVJared Hughes (1)
ABRHRBIHRBBKSBLOBSeason Avg
S. Schumaker 2b200001000.291
    T. Greene ph-2b100000000.227
J. Jay cf421100021.321
M. Holliday lf302101101.307
C. Beltran rf401100103.310
A. Craig 1b401000102.312
D. Freese 3b400000102.280
D. Descalso ss400000301.225
T. Cruz c411000001.196
L. Lynn p000000000.100
    S. Robinson ph100000000.244
    B. Browning p000000000.000
    M. Carpenter ph100000100.290
    M. Cleto p000000000.000
    V. Marte p000000000.000
 Totals32363028211
IPHRERBBKHRWHIPSeason ERA
L. Lynn (L, 10-4)5.07664611.253.62
B. Browning2.00000100.000.00
M. Cleto1.00000301.674.50
V. Marte1.01110101.423.82

The Positives

  • Jon Jay hit his third double of the season, scored two runs, drove in his tenth run of the season, and stole two bases.
  • Matt Holliday had a two hit night and drove in his 48th run of the season.
  • Carlos Beltran his his tenth double on the year and drove in his 61st run.
  • Allen Craig had a single, which raised his average to .312.
  • Tony Cruz got the start behind the plate and hit his third double of the season. He also scored a run.
  • Barrett Browning made his debut for the Cardinals and hurled two perfect innings in relief. He also struck out one batter.
  • Mikael Cleto made his first appearance after getting called up and also pitched a perfect inning. He stuck out the side in the eighth.
  • I like the way Matheny is handling recent call-ups. Often times, relievers would get called up and it would be a few games before Tony put them in and even then they might get an inning of work before being sent back down. I like that Matheny uses his guys right away to see what he has.

Justin’s Jeers

  • A couple of Cardinals were held hitless. Skip Schumaker and Daniel Descalso couldn’t put the ball in play, although Schumaker did reach base on a walk.
  • The Cardinals could have used runs off of any of the eleven base runners that were stranded. Beltran led the way with three runners left on.
  • Lance Lynn got hit early and never really bounced back. He lasted five innings, but gave up six earned runs on eleven base runners. He struck out six, but walked four.

Three Stars

3) Carlos Beltran – Beltran drove in a run with a double.

2) Matt Holliday – Holliday’s two hits and one RBI weren’t enough to sway the game for the Redbirds.

1) Jon Jay – With two runs, an RBI, and two stolen bases, Jay did it all in this game.

Standings

 CentralWLPctGBHomeRoadRSRADiffStreakL10
 Cincinnati Reds4334.55823-1620-18328294+34Won 25-5
 Pittsburgh Pirates4235.5451.023-1319-22293286+7Won 47-3
 St. Louis Cardinals4038.5133.517-1823-20390334+56Lost 36-4
 Milwaukee Brewers3542.4558.019-1916-23342354–12Won 14-6
 Houston Astros3246.41011.523-199-27321371–50Lost 34-6
 Chicago Cubs2849.36415.018-2010-29283357–74Won 25-5

Today’s Game

The Cardinals look to avoid the sweep today as Jake Westbrook takes the mound against Erik Bedard. Westbrook has a 6-6 record and a 3.77 ERA. In six starts against Pittsburgh, he is winless and carries a 5.06 ERA. He also hasn’t been very good at home this year. Bedard has a 4-8 record to go with his 4.27 ERA. He only has two starts against the Cardinals, but has been awful on the road this season as six of his losses have come away from PNC Park. He carries a 6.23 record on the road. Game time is set for 1:15.

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