The Cardinals successfully swept the rebuilding Chicago Cubs with a 7-0 victory yesterday. The sweep was necessary to keep pace with the Pirates and Reds who also swept their opponents. The Cardinals will now face a much stiffer challenge. Details after the jump.
|St Louis Cardinals||4||0||0||1||2||0||0||0||X||7||12||0|
|WP||L. Lynn (12-4)|
|LP||T. Wood (4-5)|
|T. Greene 2b||4||0||0||1||0||0||1||0||1||.214|
|A. Craig 1b||4||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.304|
|F. Salas p||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|S. Schumaker ph-lf||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||.321|
|M. Holliday lf||4||2||2||1||1||1||1||0||0||.321|
|M. Rzepczynski p||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|C. Beltran rf||5||1||1||1||1||0||0||0||5||.292|
|D. Freese 3b||2||1||1||0||0||2||1||0||0||.305|
|J. Jay cf||4||1||4||2||0||0||0||0||0||.304|
|T. Cruz c||4||0||1||2||0||0||0||0||5||.197|
|D. Descalso ss||4||1||2||0||0||0||0||0||2||.231|
|L. Lynn p||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.086|
|M. Carpenter ph-1b||2||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||1||.282|
- Allen Craig hit a single and scored a run. His average is now back over .300
- Matt Holliday had another two hit night, as he his his 24th double and his sixteenth home run of the season. He scored twice and drove in a run.
- Carlos Beltran belted his 21st home run of the season. He leads the Cardinals with 69 RBIs
- David Freese hit a single and reached base twice on walks.
- Jon Jay had a perfect 4-4 day. He hit three singles, his eighth double, scored once, and drove in two runs.
- Tony Cruz hit his fifth double of the season and drove in two runs.
- Daniel Descalso hit two singles and scored a run.
- Lance Lynn had another fantastic outing. He pitched six shutout innings and only allowed four hits and three walks.
- Fernando Salas and Marc Rzepczynski pitched a combined three shutout innings to close the game out.
- Tyler Greene was held hitless. He and Descalso are the only Cardinals starters with averages under .300
3) Carlos Beltran – Beltran blasted another home run to put another run on the board for the Cardinals.
2) Matt Holliday – Holliday had yet another two hit night and belted a home run for good measure
1) Jon Jay – Jay went on a tear, belting four hits to lead the Cardinals to victory.
|Cincinnati Reds||55||40||0.579||—||31-18||24-22||396||345||51||Won 4||8-2|
|Pittsburgh Pirates||54||40||0.574||0.5||32-14||22-26||390||348||42||Won 5||7-3|
|St Louis Cardinals||50||45||0.526||5||26-20||24-25||464||378||86||Won 3||5-5|
|Milwaukee Brewers||44||50||0.468||10.5||26-23||18-27||415||426||-11||Lost 3||5-5|
|Chicago Cubs||38||56||0.404||16.5||24-21||14-35||347||424||-77||Lost 3||6-4|
|Houston Astros||34||62||0.354||21.5||24-21||10-41||370||477||-107||Lost 6||1-9|
The Cardinals start a four game set with the Dodgers at 7:15 tonight. Rookie Joe Kelly takes the mound against Chad Billingsley. Kelly is 1-2 with a 2.75 ERA. He hasn’t made any starts against the Dodgers, but he is currently riding a five game quality start streak. Billingsley is 4-9 with a 4.30 ERA and is making his first start back from the disabled list for elbow inflammation. He has one win in eight starts against the Cardinals and a 4.63 ERA to go with his record. This could potentially be his last start before Tommy John surgery if his elbow isn’t as healed as the Dodgers are hoping