Daily Rant: Kelly holds the DBacks in check while offense powers up


The Cardinals took the first game of a three game set with the Diamondbacks on Tuesday night thanks to solid pitching by Joe Kelly and the offense putting on a power show.

Box Score

Arizona Diamondbacks000000200272
St Louis Cardinals00020123X890
WPJ. Kelly (3-5)
LPI. Kennedy (10-10)
J. Jay cf412211101.315
A. Craig 1b512100101.303
    F. Salas p000000000.000
M. Holliday lf311211001.315
C. Beltran rf400000304.281
D. Freese 3b300001102.298
Y. Molina c310001003.312
    T. Cruz c000000000.226
S. Schumaker 2b422000000.314
R. Furcal ss311000001.264
J. Kelly p200000001.143
    E. Mujica p000000000.000
    S. Robinson ph100000000.252
    M. Boggs p000000000.000
    M. Carpenter ph-1b111200000.316
J. Kelly (W, 3-5)6.16222611.433.41
E. Mujica (H, 17)0.21000101.103.83
M. Boggs (H, 20)1.00000101.082.25
F. Salas1.00000101.484.43

The Positives

  • Jon Jay had yet another multi-hit game. He hit a single and his fourth home run of the season.
  • Allen Craig hit his 25th double of the season and a single.
  • Matt Holliday hit his 23rd home run to drive in two runs.
  • Skip Schumaker picked up two singles and scored two runs.
  • Rafael Furcal hit his second triple and scored a run.
  • Joe Kelly lasted six and a third innings and only gave up two earned runs. He gave up six hits and walked two.
  • Edward Mujica, Mitchell Boggs, and Fernando Salas combined for two and two thirds scoreless innings. The only blemish was a hit given up by Mujica.

Justin’s Jeers

  • Carlos Beltran, David Freese, and Yadier Molina were all held hitless by Ian Kennedy and the Dbacks bullpen.
  • The Cardinals found out before the game that Matt Adams will miss the rest of the season following surgery to remove bone spurs from his elbow. Adams was a surefire September Call-up candidate.

Three Stars

3) Allen Craig – Craig drove in a run and scored another in a two-hit effort.

2) Matt Holliday – Holliday belted a two-run blast.

1) Jon Jay – Jay continue his hot streak with a single, a home run, two RBIs, and a walk.


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Pittsburgh Pirates64520.552636-2228-304824626056Lost 24-6
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