Daily Rant: Cardinals sink Cubs with record-tying seventh inning


I guess the Cardinals didn’t appreciate my comment about not being able to score runs. Saturday’s game was looking like a pitcher’s duel until the Cardinals went on offensive tear in the seventh inning. They tied the club record for most runs in an inning and the MLB record for most doubles in an inning. Jake Westbrook had the relatively easy task of making a twelve run lead stick and came through.

Box Score

Chicago Cubs000000000041
St Louis Cardinals000000120X12160
WPJ. Westbrook (8-8)
LPJ. Germano (0-1)
R. Furcal ss422101001.279
    D. Descalso ss000000000.225
S. Schumaker 2b-rf422300001.321
M. Holliday lf311202100.319
    B. Browning p000000000.000
    V. Marte p000000000.000
    T. Rosenthal p000000000.000
C. Beltran rf512100101.293
    T. Greene pr-2b000000000.220
Y. Molina c310001002.306
    T. Cruz ph-c100000102.194
L. Berkman 1b502000115.283
D. Freese 3b523200102.304
J. Jay cf411201002.289
J. Westbrook p201000102.188
    A. Craig ph222100000.305
    M. Carpenter lf100000001.286
J. Westbrook (W, 8-8)7.03002501.293.60
B. Browning0.20001000.682.45
V. Marte0.10000001.474.50
T. Rosenthal1.01000002.000.00

The Positives

  • Rafael Furcal two single in the game and scored two of the Cardinals twelve runs. He also drove in a run.
  • Skip Schumaker hit his eleventh double of the season, his third triple,  and drove in three runs. He also scored twice.
  • Matt Holliday hit a two RBI double., which was his 23rd of the season.
  • Carlos Beltran had two hits including his thirteenth double of the season. He drove a run in to record his team-leading 68th RBI
  • Lance Berkman had a two hit night, including his seventh double. He also stole his second base.
  • David Freese had three hits, including two doubles. He drove in two runs.
  • Jon Jay joined the party with a two RBI double. It was his seventh double of the year.
  • Jake Westbrook had a fantastic start. He went seven innings and only gave up three hits and two walks while keeping the Cubs off the board.
  • The young guns in the bullpen kept the game scoreless, as Barrett Browning, Victor Marte, and Trevor Rosenthal combined for two scoreless innings of baseball.

Justin’s Jeers

  • Really can’t complain about too much. If I had to say anything it would be that Yadier Molina went hitless and the team stranded nineteen runners, but they scored twelve runs and won, so we’ll leave it at that.

Three Stars

3) Matt Holliday – Holliday hit a two RBI double and reached base twice on walks.

2) Skip Schumaker – Schumaker led the team with three RBIs

1) David Freese – Freese had three hits, drove in two runs, and scored two more.


Cincinnati Reds54400.57430-1824-2239434450Won 38-2
Pittsburgh Pirates53400.5700.531-1422-2638734839Won 47-3
St Louis Cardinals49450.521525-2024-2545737879Won 25-5
Milwaukee Brewers44490.4739.526-2318-26414424-10Lost 25-5
Chicago Cubs38550.40915.524-2114-34347417-70Lost 26-4
Houston Astros34610.35820.524-2110-40368469-101Lost 51-9

Today’s Game

The Cardinals head into today’s game at 1:15 looking to complete a sweep of the Cubs. Lance Lynn takes the mound against Travis Wood. Wood is 4-4 this season with a 3.92 ERA. He has some success against the Cardinals in a small three start sample size. In those three starts, he’s picked up two wins and only given up five earned runs across nineteen innings of work. Lynn sports a 3.27 ERA to go with his 11-4 record this season. He has an even smaller two start sample size against Chicago, but has earned wins in both of his starts against the division rivals. He has given up two earned runs across fifteen innings.