Daily Rant: Cardinals pull out victory with late-game offense


After dropping the first game to the Phillies, the Cardinals rallied back to win game two of the three game set. Matt Holliday led the way offensively and the team got a solid start from Jake Westbrook.

Box Score

St Louis Cardinals0000030104101
Philadelphia Phillies100000000140
WPJ. Westbrook (12-8)
LPC. Lee (2-7)
SVJ. Motte (26)
J. Jay cf411000000.306
A. Craig 1b523000201.299
M. Holliday lf513310101.319
    J. Motte p000000000.000
C. Beltran rf401100202.286
D. Freese 3b400000103.300
Y. Molina c302000000.315
R. Furcal ss300001002.263
R. Jackson 2b300000000.000
    D. Descalso ph-2b100000003.234
J. Westbrook p300000201.143
    M. Rzepczynski p000000000.000
    M. Carpenter ph100000100.300
    S. Robinson lf000000000.256
J. Westbrook (W, 12-8)7.24112301.293.62
M. Rzepczynski (H, 14)0.10000001.354.54
J. Motte (S, 26)1.00000200.942.57

The Positives

  • Jon Jay hit a single and scored one of the Cardinals runs.
  • Allen Craig had three hits including two doubles. He now has 24 doubles on the season. Craig scored two of the Cardinals four runs.
  • Matt Holliday also picked up three hits including his 22nd home run. He drove in three runs with his blast.
  • Carlos Beltran hit a single and drove in a run.
  • Yadier Molina had two hits including his 22nd double.
  • Jake Westbrook pitched seven and two thirds innings and only gave up one earned run. He gave up four hits and two walks.
  • Marc Rzepczynski and Jason Motte pitched a perfect inning and a third to close the game out. Motte struck out two to earn his 26th save.

Justin’s Jeers

  • David Freese, Rafael Furcal, and Ryan Jackson were held hitless.
  • Jackson got his first start as a Cardinal but was placed at second base. I am not a fan of the Cardinals mantra of switching players position upon call-up. Playing Jackson at second when he is a natural shortstop does not set him up for success.

Three Stars

3) Jake Westbrook – The Cardinals probably don’t win without Westbrook’s quality start.

2) Allen Craig- Craig had a three hit night and scored half of the Cardinals runs.

1) Matt Holliday – Holliday had three hits and a three-run home run to lead the way for the Cardinals.