Daily Rant: Cardinals lose nail-biter in extra innings


The Cardinals took on the Reds in the second game of their three game set in Great American Ballpark on Saturday. After tying the game up at two runs a piece in the seventh inning, the Cardinals were beaten in walk-off fashion thanks to a home run by former Cardinals Ryan Ludwick. Find out more details after the jump.

Box Score

St Louis Cardinals0000002000281
Cincinnati Reds00001100013101
WPS. LeCure (3-2)
LPV. Marte (2-2)
R. Furcal ss402101011.277
J. Jay cf500000303.303
M. Holliday lf501000204.313
C. Beltran rf500000003.291
A. Craig 1b400001001.297
Y. Molina c411111100.306
D. Freese 3b512000102.293
    V. Marte p000000000.000
S. Schumaker 2b202002000.325
K. Lohse p100000002.108
    L. Berkman ph100000102.326
    B. Browning p000000000.000
    M. Boggs p000000000.000
    M. Carpenter ph000000000.291
    T. Greene ph100000003.225
    F. Salas p000000000.000
    M. Rzepczynski p000000000.000
    D. Descalso 3b000000000.223
K. Lohse6.08221301.102.80
B. Browning0.21000100.351.59
M. Boggs0.10000001.081.89
F. Salas1.10000101.604.88
M. Rzepczynski1.00000101.555.34
V. Marte (L, 2-2)0.01110011.494.54

The Positives

  • Rafael Furcal, David Freese, and Skip Schumaker all had two hit nights. Furcal drove in a run, stole his eleventh base, and also drew a walk, Freese scored one of the Cardinals two runs, and Schumaker hit his tenth double of the season.
  • Matt Holliday hit a single to bump his average to .313
  • Yadier Molina hit his fourteenth home run and also drew a walk.
  • Kyle Lohse had a solid outing, going six innings against his former team and only giving up two earned runs. He got absolutely no run support before being taken out of the game, though.
  • The bullpen did a great job keeping the Reds off the board, but weren’t helped out by the stagnant offense. Barrett Browning, Mitch Boggs, Fernando Salas, and Marc Rzepczynski combined for three and a third scoreless innings.

Justin’s Jeers

  • Jon Jay, Carlos Beltran, and Allen Craig were held hitless. The performance brought Craig’s average below .300
  • When the opposing team spots you 21 base runners and you can’t drive any of them in, you’re not going to win many games. Holliday led the team with four men left on.
  • Lance Berkman struck out in his first bat back from the disabled list. Not a huge deal, but we definitely all hoped for a more dramatic return.

Three Stars

3) Skip Schumaker – Schumaker got on base in all four of his at bats, but no one could knock him in.

2) Yadier Molina – Molina belted his fourteenth home run of the season. He is tied for fourth in the MLB among catchers.

1) Rafael Furcal – Furcal did everything yesterday. He hit two singles, drew a walk, drove in a run, and stole a base.


Cincinnati Reds49380.56325-1624-2236632145Won 56-4
Pittsburgh Pirates49380.56329-1420-2435832731Won 17-3
St Louis Cardinals46420.5233.523-2023-2243136467Lost 26-4
Milwaukee Brewers41460.471823-2218-24398406-8Lost 16-4
Chicago Cubs35520.4021421-2014-32329388-59Won 37-3
Houston Astros33550.37516.524-219-34347424-77Lost 31-9

Today’s Game

The Cardinals go into tonight’s game hoping to avoid a sweep and falling further down the standings. Jake Westbrook takes the mound for the Cardinals against Homer Bailey and the Reds. Westbrook is 7-7 with a 3.75 ERA. He has three wins in eight career starts against Cincinnati with a 3.75 ERA. He hurled seven scoreless innings to pick up the win against them in his last outing against the Reds. For the Reds, Bailey has a 7-6 record and a 4.14 ERA. he has only two wins in ten starts against the Cardinals and a 5.72 ERA. In his last start against St Louis, he went five and two thirds and gave up four earned runs to pick up the loss.