Daily Rant: Cardinals extinguish red-hot Dempster


The Cardinals came in to Friday’s game with the daunting task of scoring runs on the man that hadn’t given one up in 33 straight innings. They answered the call in the first inning and Kyle Lohse made sure the lead lasted.

Box Score

Chicago Cubs010000000170
St Louis Cardinals30100000X4101
WPK. Lohse (10-2)
LPR. Dempster (5-4)
SVJ. Motte (21)
S. Schumaker 2b401000100.316
    T. Greene ph-2b100000102.220
A. Craig rf411000001.299
    J. Jay pr-cf000000010.290
M. Holliday lf322111000.319
C. Beltran cf-rf411100000.292
Y. Molina c301101002.309
L. Berkman 1b401100000.273
D. Freese 3b301001101.299
R. Furcal ss402000003.276
K. Lohse p300000001.100
    M. Boggs p000000000.000
    M. Rzepczynski p000000000.000
    M. Carpenter ph100000102.288
    J. Motte p000000000.000
K. Lohse (W, 10-2)7.06111401.102.71
M. Boggs (H, 14)0.21000001.131.85
M. Rzepczynski (H, 12)0.10000101.525.23
J. Motte (S, 21)1.00000100.982.85

The Positives

  • Skip Schumaker, Allen Craig, Carlos Beltran, Yadier Molina, Lance Berkman, and David Freese all picked up hits. Every Cardinal starter recorded at least one hit in this game. Berkman’s was his sixth double of the season.
  • Matt Holliday and Rafael Furcal each had two hits a piece. Both picked up singles, Furcal hit his fourteenth double of the season, and Holliday belted his fifteenth home run.
  • The Cardinals core of Holliday, Beltran, Molina, and Berkman each had an RBI.
  • Jon Jay stole his eighth base of the season.
  • Kyle Lohse shut down the Cubs, giving up only six hits across seven innings and only allowing one earned run.
  • The back end of the bullpen came through as Mitchell Boggs and Marc Rzepczynski combined for a scoreless eighth and Jason Motte pitched a perfect ninth for his 21st save.

Justin’s Jeers

  • Not a whole lot to complain about. I will always have a problem with the amount of runners the Cardinals leave on, though. It seems like they have the offense to get a lot of men on base, but there are games that they just can’t bring them home.

Three Stars

3) Carlos Beltran – The Cardinals center fielder drove in a run on a base hit and then scored another in the first inning.

2) Kyle Lohse – Without Lohse’s performance, the Cardinals four runs maybe don’t hold up.

1) Matt Holliday – Holliday is emerging as the Cardinals MVP.


Cincinnati Reds53400.57029-1824-2238834246Won 28-2
Pittsburgh Pirates52400.5650.530-1422-2638234735Won 36-4
St Louis Cardinals48450.516524-2024-2544537867Won 14-6
Milwaukee Brewers44480.4788.526-2318-25412418-6Lost 16-4
Chicago Cubs38540.41314.524-2114-33347405-58Lost 17-3
Houston Astros34600.36219.524-2110-39365457-92Lost 42-8

Tonight’s Game

The Cardinals face the Cubs at 6:15 tonight in the second game of their three game series. Jake Westbrook takes the mound against Matt Garza. Westbrook has a 7-8 record to go with his 3.82 ERA. He has had average success against the Cubs, as his 4.89 ERA against them is washed out by four wins in seven starts. Garza has been disappointing for the Cubs this season and, like Ryan Dempster, may be making one of his last starts with the team thanks to the looming trade deadline. Garza has a 5-7 record this season and a 4.02 ERA. In five starts against the Cardinals, he has two wins and a 4.66 ERA.