Daily Rant: Cardinals gain ground on Reds with a sweep of the Brewers


The Cardinals earned the sweep in dramatic fashion by sweeping the Brewers on Sunday night. The pitching staff was lights out all the way and the offense put up just enough runs to bring home a winner and gain a game in the standings on the red-hot Reds.

Box Score

Milwaukee Brewers000000000061
St Louis Cardinals01000011X3121
WPK. Lohse (12-2)
LPM. Estrada (0-5)
SVJ. Motte (24)
S. Schumaker 2b401000103.317
    M. Boggs p000000000.000
    J. Motte p000000000.000
A. Craig 1b401100102.295
M. Holliday lf402000202.324
C. Beltran rf411000002.286
D. Freese 3b402100002.311
Y. Molina c402000000.316
J. Jay cf310001004.284
D. Descalso ss-2b413100001.250
K. Lohse p100000001.089
    E. Mujica p000000000.000
    R. Furcal ph-ss100000000.266
K. Lohse (W, 12-2)6.04003601.132.79
E. Mujica (H, 15)1.01000001.124.07
M. Boggs (H, 18)1.01000001.071.51
J. Motte (S, 24)1.00001200.962.68

The Positives

  • Skip Schumaker hit a single.
  • Allen Craig hit his 20th double and drove in one of the Cardinals three runs.
  • Matt Holliday hit a single and his 27th double.
  • Carlos Beltran hit his 18th double and scored a run.
  • David Freese hit two singles and drove in a run.
  • Yadier Molina hit a single and his 20th double. His stolen base streak ends at three games as he was caught stealing.
  • Jon Jay reached base on a walk and scored a run.
  • Daniel Descalso hit two singles and his fifth triple of the season. His season line now sits at .250. He also scored a run and drove a run in.
  • Kyle Lohse pitched six shutout innings and only allowed seven base runners.
  • Edward Mujica, Mitchell Boggs, and Jason Motte combined for three scoreless innings to end the game. Motte struck out two in the ninth inning to earn his 24th save.

Justin’s Jeers

  • The offense did just enough to pick up the win, but with seventeen men left on, they weren’t a very efficient unit.

Three Stars

3) Matt Holliday – Holliday picked up two hits. He continues to be the Cardinals most consistent producer.

2) David Freese – Freese added two hits of his own and drove in a run.

1) Daniel Descalso – Descalso was the star of the show for the Cardinals. He picked up three hits, scored a run, and drove in what ended up being the game winning run.


Cincinnati Reds66420.61136-2030-2246939772Lost 18-2
Pittsburgh Pirates61460.5704.533-1628-3044140536Won 16-4
St Louis Cardinals59490.546732-2127-28538428110Won 37-3
Milwaukee Brewers48590.44917.530-2618-33487500-13Lost 34-6
Chicago Cubs43530.4062227-2416-39395474-79Lost 53-7
Houston Astros36730.33030.525-2711-46415557-142Lost 12-8