Daily Rant: Cardinals can’t avoid sweep; lose to Reds


The Cardinals came up short in the third straight game against the Reds last night as they dropped the third game 4-2. Due to the sweep, the Cardinals fell further down the standings and now need to turn things around. For the second straight game, the Cardinals suffered at the hands of a former Cardinals. Two nights ago, Ryan Ludwick hit a walk-off shot; last night, it was Scott Rolen who drove in the game-winning runs. More details follow after the jump.

Box Score

St Louis Cardinals010001000290
Cincinnati Reds00200002X4101
WPH. Bailey (8-6)
LPJ. Westbrook (7-8)
SVA. Chapman (13)
R. Furcal ss501000100.276
J. Jay cf400000002.296
M. Holliday lf402000102.315
C. Beltran rf402000001.294
L. Berkman 1b310001103.304
Y. Molina c413210002.312
D. Freese 3b300001004.290
    M. Boggs p000000000.000
D. Descalso 2b-3b301000001.225
    T. Greene ph100000100.224
J. Westbrook p300000001.167
    M. Rzepczynski p000000000.000
    S. Schumaker 2b100000100.322
J. Westbrook (L, 7-8)7.19441501.333.82
M. Rzepczynski0.10000001.535.28
M. Boggs0.11001001.121.88

The Positives

  • Rafael Furcal and Daniel Descalso picked up singles and turned two double plays as the middle infield combination.
  • Matt Holliday hit his 22nd double of the season in a two hit effort.
  • Carlos Beltran hit two singles to join Holliday as a two hit performer.
  • Lance Berkman drew a walk and scored a run in his first start since returning from the DL.
  • Yadier Molina had the line of the night as he picked up three hits including his 17th double and 15th home run of the season. He drove in both of the Cardinals runs and now has 48 ribbies on the season.

Justin’s Jeers

  • Jon Jay, Lance Berkman, and David Freese were held hitless. As mentioned, Berkman did draw a walk to score a run, though.
  • Jake Westbrook was not terrible, but he gave up four earned runs through seven and a third. He had a good line going until giving up the game-winning runs in the eighth inning.

Three Stars

3) Matt Holliday – Holliday picked up two hits to push his season average to .315

2) Carlos Beltran – Beltran also had two hits, but picks up the second star because of Holliday’s strike out.

1) Yadier Molina – Yadi was an offensive juggernaut in last night’s game.


Cincinnati Reds50380.56826-1624-2237032345Won 67-3
Pittsburgh Pirates49390.557129-1420-2535933128Lost 17-3
St Louis Cardinals46430.5174.523-2023-2343336865Lost 35-5
Milwaukee Brewers42460.477824-2218-24402407-5Won 16-4
Chicago Cubs36520.4091422-2014-32332389-57Won 47-3
Houston Astros33560.37117.524-219-35349427-78Lost 41-9

Today’s Game

The Cardinals open up a three game set in Milwaukee tonight at 7:10. Tonight Lance Lynn takes the hill for the Cardinals against Michael Fiers and the Brewers. Lynn and Fiers are both rookies so it’s a very hard game to call in general. Lynn has an 11-4 record on the season and had success in his last outing against the Brewers. Fiers has an incredibly small sample size, but has been sun-par at home