Daily Rant: Cardinals put on power show against the Cubs


The Cardinals tied a Major League record by hitting home runs in each of the first five innings on Friday. They held off a late surge to pick up the victory against the Cubs and stand their ground in the NL Central race. More details after the jump.

Box Score

St Louis Cardinals1411101009100
Chicago Cubs3030000006101
WPL. Lynn (13-4)
LPT. Wood (4-6)
SVJ. Motte (23)
R. Furcal ss500000203.272
J. Jay cf310001011.296
M. Holliday lf513210000.325
A. Craig rf511110102.296
L. Berkman 1b422110001.294
Y. Molina c411210101.302
M. Carpenter 3b321111100.289
D. Descalso 2b312101010.240
L. Lynn p000101000.086
    T. Greene ph100000101.218
    B. Fuentes p000000000.000
    B. Browning p000000000.000
    S. Schumaker ph100000101.315
    F. Salas p000000000.000
    M. Rzepczynski p000000000.000
    J. Motte p000000000.000
L. Lynn (W, 13-4)5.08662311.243.42
B. Fuentes (H, 1)1.00000200.000.00
B. Browning (H, 2)1.00000000.693.12
F. Salas (H, 3)0.11001001.534.34
M. Rzepczynski (H, 13)0.20000001.414.86
J. Motte (S, 23)1.01000100.932.60

The Positives

  • Jon Jay was held hitless, but reached base on a walk, stole his ninth base of the season, and scored a run.
  • Matt Holliday had a three hit night, including a two run homer. The home run was his 18th of the season.
  • Allen Craig hit a solo shot. It was his 15th home run of the year.
  • Lance Berkman had two hits, including his second home run of the season.
  • Yadier Molina hit his 16th home run of the season.
  • Matt Carpenter joined in and hit his 4th homer of the year.
  • Daniel Descalso recorded two hits, including his fourth triple of the year. He also stole his fourth base.
  • Brian Fuentes, Barrett Browning, Fernando Salas, Marc Rzepczynski, and Jason Motte combine for four innings of scoreless baseball. Fuentes pitched a perfect frame in his first appearance as a Cardinal. Motte recorded his 23rd save of the year.

Justin’s Jeers

  • Even though Lance Lynn picked up his league-leading 13th win of the season, he looked very poor. He only lasted five innings and gave up six earned runs.
  • Rafael Furcal was kept off-base completely in the game.

Three Stars

3) Daniel Descalso – Descalso picked up two hits and scored a run. He also stole a base and reached base on a walk.

2) Yadier Molina – Molina blasted a home run and drove in two runs.

1) Matt Holliday – Holliday led the way offensively for the Cardinals, picking up three hits and driving in two runs.


Cincinnati Reds59400.59631-1828-2241635363Won 89-1
Pittsburgh Pirates57420.576233-1624-2640536540Won 38-2
St Louis Cardinals54460.5405.529-2125-2549439797Won 47-3
Milwaukee Brewers45540.4551427-2418-30441455-14Won 13-7
Chicago Cubs40580.40818.524-2216-36362437-75Lost 24-6
Houston Astros34670.3372624-2610-41386505-119Lost 110-10

Today’s Game

The Cardinals face the Cubs again at 12:05 today. Carlos Beltran returns to the lineup, but David Freese is sitting out another game. The Cardinals send Joe Kelly to the mound for his first start against Chicago. He is 1-3 on the season with a 2.78 ERA. He currently sports a consecutive quality start streak of six. The Cubs are starting Jeff Samardzija. Samardzija is 7-8 with a 4.25 ERA. He has three wins in four career starts against the Cardinals, but only a 5.29 ERA to show for it. He pitched a six and two thirds innings shutout against the Redbirds his last time out.