The Cardinals lost in more ways than one last night. Not only did they drop a close game, but earlier in the day they lost Yadier Molina for a couple of days. They also may have lost Rafael Furcal. Find out more after the jump.
|WP||R. Nolasco (8-6)|
|LP||J. Westbrook (7-7)|
|SV||H. Bell (19)|
|R. Furcal ss||5||0||2||1||0||0||0||0||4||.276|
|T. Greene pr||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.228|
|J. Jay cf||3||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.324|
|M. Holliday lf||4||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.317|
|C. Beltran rf||5||0||1||0||0||0||1||0||4||.304|
|A. Craig 1b||4||1||1||0||0||0||2||0||2||.298|
|D. Freese 3b||4||0||3||1||0||0||0||0||0||.291|
|D. Descalso 2b||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||0||2||.224|
|T. Cruz c||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||3||.186|
|S. Schumaker ph||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.300|
|J. Westbrook p||2||0||1||0||0||1||0||0||2||.185|
|V. Marte p||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|M. Cleto p||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|F. Salas p||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|M. Carpenter ph||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.292|
- Rafael Furcal hit a single and a double and drove in a run.
- Jon Jay hit his fifth double of the year.
- Matt Holliday hit his 21st double of the season.
- Carlos Beltran hit a single.
- Allen Craig also hit a single and scored one of the Cardinals three runs.
- David Freese had a three hit night, including his fourteenth double, and drove in one of the Cardinals runs.
- Daniel Descalso hit a single also.
- Jake Westbrook did what he did to keep the Cardinals in the game. He lasted six and two thirds and only gave up one earned run.
- Fernando Salas pitched a scoreless ninth inning.
- Rafael Furcal and Matt Holliday both had scares as Furcal re-aggravated a shin injury and Holliday was hit on the elbow with a pitch. Losing either player would be rough as Lance Berkman is not back until after the break and Yadier Molina is on the bereavement list.
- David Freese committed two errors in the game, while Westbrook committed another.
- Tony Cruz was held hitless starting in Yadier’s absence.
- The team had a lot of base runners, but couldn’t capitalize as twenty men were left stranded. Furcal and Beltran led the way with four strands a piece.
- Mikael Cleto pitched an inning and gave up the game-winning home run to Logan Morrison.
3) Jake Westbrook – Westbrook pitched well enough for the win, but the offense just couldn’t put runs on the board.
2) Rafael Furcal – Furcal had two hits and drove in a run.
1) David Freese – Freese had three hits and had the other RBI for the Cardinals.
|Pittsburgh Pirates||46||37||.554||—||27-14||19-23||329||310||+19||Lost 1||8-2|
|Cincinnati Reds||45||38||.542||1.0||23-16||22-22||348||309||+39||Won 1||4-6|
|St. Louis Cardinals||44||40||.524||2.5||21-20||23-20||418||350||+68||Lost 1||5-5|
|Milwaukee Brewers||39||44||.470||7.0||22-21||17-23||376||384||-8||Won 1||6-4|
|Chicago Cubs||32||51||.386||14.0||19-20||13-31||309||383||-74||Won 1||7-3|
|Houston Astros||32||52||.381||14.5||23-20||9-32||335||408||-73||Lost 9||1-9|
The Cardinals host the Marlins in game two today at 3:15. Kyle Lohse takes the hill for the Cardinals against Carlos Zambrano. Lohse is 8-2 with a 2.80 ERA this season. In eight starts against the Marlins, Lohse has four wins and a 4.60 ERA. Zambrano currently has a 4-6 record with a 4.14 ERA. From his time with the Cubs, he has 29 career starts against St Louis and has wins in twelve of those starts. He has a 3.47 ERA against the Redbirds.