Daily Rant: Motte blows close game; Cardinals lose the sweep


The Cardinals had the opportunity to close out a season sweep of the Diamondbacks on Thursday night, but could only muster one run against Arizona’s stingy pitching. Jason Motte came into the ninth with a meager one run cushion and couldn’t close the door.

Box Score

Arizona Diamondbacks000000002271
St Louis Cardinals000010000160
WPD. Hernandez (2-2)
LPJ. Motte (4-4)
SVJ.J. Putz (23)
J. Jay cf300000102.308
A. Craig 1b301101100.302
M. Holliday lf400000104.309
    J. Motte p000000000.000
    F. Salas p000000000.000
C. Beltran rf400000100.278
D. Freese 3b402000200.299
D. Descalso 2b400000102.234
T. Cruz c401000102.231
R. Furcal ss202000000.269
K. Lohse p110000001.083
    M. Rzepczynski p000000000.000
    M. Carpenter ph100000000.314
    M. Boggs p000000000.000
    S. Robinson lf000000000.250
K. Lohse6.24003501.112.61
M. Rzepczynski (H, 15)0.10000101.394.97
M. Boggs (H, 22)1.00000001.042.17
J. Motte (L, 4-4; BS, 5)0.23220120.972.84
F. Salas0.10000101.474.40

The Positives

Justin’s Jeers

Three Stars

3) Rafael Furcal – Furcal had a two hit night, but didn’t get much help offensively.

2) Allen Craig – Craig drove in the Cardinals only run

1) Kyle Lohse – Lohse pitched a gem, but didn’t get any run support.


Cincinnati Reds71470.602038-2133-265084256949Lost 139
Pittsburgh Pirates65530.551637-2328-304954716256Won 139
St Louis Cardinals64540.542736-2428-305774667147Lost 138
Milwaukee Brewers53640.45317.534-2619-385375435859Won 128
Chicago Cubs46700.3972430-2816-424295184769Won 122
Houston Astros39800.32832.527-3212-484506024376Lost 112
Wild CardWLPctGBHomeRoadRSRApWpLStreakMagic#
Atlanta Braves69490.585035-2734-2255446169.721810344748.2781896553Won 340
Pittsburgh Pirates65530.551437-2328-304954716256Won 141
St Louis Cardinals64540.542536-2428-305774667147Lost 144
San Francisco Giants64540.542535-2629-2850147662.017471528255.9825284718Lost 144
Arizona Diamondbacks59590.5001031-2628-3353049762.78771530755.212284693Won 139