Daily Rant: Cardinals unleash offense on Matt Cain


The Cardinals hosted the San Francisco Giants in the first game of a four game series on Monday night. They made the match-up with the usually daunting Matt Cain look easy as they beat the Giants 8-2.

Box Score

San Francisco Giants100001000280
St Louis Cardinals02000330X8120
WPJ. Westbrook (11-8)
LPM. Cain (10-5)
D. Descalso 2b500000105.245
A. Craig 1b511000000.293
M. Holliday lf411000101.323
C. Beltran rf321111100.286
D. Freese 3b221201100.312
Y. Molina c311001101.317
J. Jay cf414200000.296
R. Furcal ss301101102.267
J. Westbrook p200000102.154
    M. Carpenter ph101200000.295
    E. Mujica p000000000.000
    F. Salas p000000000.000
    S. Schumaker ph101000000.321
    B. Fuentes p000000000.000
J. Westbrook (W, 11-8)6.07220421.323.76
E. Mujica (H, 16)1.01000101.123.98
F. Salas1.00000101.514.76
B. Fuentes1.00000201.252.25

The Positives

  • Allen Craig hit his 21st double of the season and scored a run.
  • Matt Holliday hit his 28th double of the year and also scored a run.
  • Carlos Beltran scored two runs. One was on a solo shot which was his 26th home run of the season. He also drew a walk.
  • David Freese hit a two RBI single to bring his season total to 64. He also reached base on a walk and scored two runs.
  • Yadier Molina hit a single, reached base on a walk, and scored a run.
  • Jon Jay was a perfect 4-4 with four singles. He drove in two runs and scored another.
  • Rafael Furcal hit an RBI single. He now has 43 runs batted in on the season.
  • Matt Carpenter hit a pinch-hit two RBI single.
  • Jake Westbrook hurled a six inning, two earned run quality start. He gave up no walks and only allowed seven base runners.
  • Edward Mujica, who hasn’t allowed a run as a Cardinal, Fernando Salas, and Brian Fuentes combined for three scoreless innings to end the game. The only blemish was a hit given up by Mujica.

Justin’s Jeers

Three Stars

3) David Freese – Freese hit a two RBI single and scored twice.

2) Carlos Beltran – Beltran’s solo shot tied the game in the second and the Cardinals never looked back.

1) Jon Jay – Jay was perfect at the plate with a four hit performance.


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Pittsburgh Pirates62460.5743.534-1628-3044540540Won 26-4
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