Daily Rant: Cardinals can’t get offense going against James McDonald


The Cardinals had the opportunity to pull ahead of the Pirates in the Wild Card race but couldn’t get offense on James McDonald. With only four hits in the game, the Birds failed to support Jake Westbrook‘s quality start.

Box Score

Pittsburgh Pirates000200000260
St Louis Cardinals000000100141
WPJ. McDonald (11-5)
LPJ. Westbrook (12-9)
SVJ. Hanrahan (34)
J. Jay cf300001100.304
A. Craig 1b301001101.303
M. Holliday lf400000101.306
C. Beltran rf311001100.279
D. Freese 3b402000101.301
D. Descalso 2b400000104.230
T. Cruz c200101000.226
R. Furcal ss300000203.267
J. Westbrook p200000100.136
    M. Rzepczynski p000000000.000
    M. Carpenter ph100000100.312
    F. Salas p000000000.000
J. Westbrook (L, 12-9)7.26213301.283.50
M. Rzepczynski0.10000101.384.93
F. Salas1.00000101.434.30

The Positives

  • Allen Craig hit his 26th double of the season.
  • Carlos Beltran hit a single and scored the Cardinals only run.
  • David Freese hit a single and his 21st double of the year.
  • Jake Westbrook hurled seven and two thirds innings of one earned run baseball. He gave up six hits and six walks.
  • Marc Rzepczynski and Fernando Salas combined to pitch a perfect inning and a third to close the game out.

Justin’s Jeers

Three Stars

3) Fernando Salas – Salas pitched a perfect frame, but had no lead to protect

2) David Freese- Freese was the only offensive player that showed up.

1) Jake Westbrook – Westbrook pitched a gem, but the offense couldn’t back him up.


Cincinnati Reds73470.608040-2133-265154367050Won 237
Pittsburgh Pirates66530.5556.537-2329-304974786257Won 237
St Louis Cardinals64550.5388.536-2528-305784707247Lost 235
Milwaukee Brewers54640.4581835-2619-385435495860Won 226
Chicago Cubs46720.3902630-2816-444325254870Lost 218
Houston Astros39810.3253427-3312-484516054377Lost 29

Wild CardWLPctGBHomeRoadRSRApWpLStreakMagic#
Atlanta Braves70490.588035-2734-2255446170.31348.687Won 338
Pittsburgh Pirates66530.555037-2328-3049547162.45556.545Won 142
Los Angeles Dodgers65550.5421.536-2428-3048045063.86756.133Lost 242
St Louis Cardinals64550.538236-2428-3057746672.02346.977Lost 142
Arizona Diamondbacks60590.504631-2628-3353049763.32055.680Won 138