Daily Rant: Cardinals drop game in extra innings


The Cardinals put in two games worth of work on Sunday as they took the Pirates to the nineteenth inning but couldn’t get the job done. Mike Matheny has been questioned for some of the calls he made, but at the end of the day the bats weren’t there when it counted.

Box Score

Pittsburgh Pirates00000200046161
St Louis Cardinals00020000013111
WPW. Rodriguez (8-12)
LPB. Browning (1-3)
J. Jay cf903000101.305
A. Craig 1b412000000.308
    D. Descalso pr-1b400000204.227
M. Holliday lf710001101.301
C. Beltran rf702201131.278
D. Freese 3b800000304.294
Y. Molina c602001000.317
    R. Jackson pr010000000.000
    F. Salas p000000000.000
    A. Wainwright ph000001000.125
    B. Browning p000000000.000
S. Schumaker 2b801000306.304
R. Furcal ss801000002.266
J. Garcia p200000101.269
    M. Carpenter ph100000100.309
    J. Motte p000000000.000
    M. Boggs p000000000.000
    S. Robinson ph100000001.255
    E. Mujica p000000000.000
    J. Kelly p200000200.130
    M. Rzepczynski p000000000.000
    T. Cruz ph-c100100000.223
J. Garcia8.052001001.374.00
J. Motte1.00000200.952.73
M. Boggs1.00002101.072.09
E. Mujica1.01001001.093.59
J. Kelly5.24112401.403.27
M. Rzepczynski0.11000001.404.89
F. Salas1.01000201.424.20
B. Browning (L, 1-3)1.04331011.215.21

The Positives

  • Jon Jay picked up three singles but no one could drive him in.
  • Allen Craig hit two singles and scored a run.
  • Carlos Beltran hit a single and his 22nd double. He drove in two runs and stole three bases.
  • Yadier Molina hit two singles.
  • Skip Schumaker and Rafael Furcal each hit a single.
  • Jaime Garcia was awesome in his first game back from the DL. He went eight innings, gave up two unearned runs, struck out ten, and issued no walks.
  • Jason Motte, Mitchell Boggs, Edward Mujica, Marc Rzepczynski, and Fernando Salas combined for four and a third innings of scoreless baseball to keep the Cardinals alive.
  • Even after coming out of the rotation, Joe Kelly was an out away from getting his usual six innings of three runs or less pitching in. He pitched five and two thirds and allowed an earned run that tied the game back up.

Justin’s Jeers

  • Matheny had a couple of bad decisions in the game that led to the loss. First off, he took Allen Craig’s bat out of the lineup in the ninth inning to put Daniel Descalso in to pinch run. Craig is no Usain Bolt, but he’s a more than capable runner. It would have made more sense to get him into scoring position before taking him out given there were no outs in the inning. The next big mistake he made was being to slow with the hook on Joe Kelly. Kelly pitched very well through five innings, but gave up a single, a wild pitch, and a hit by pitch to load the bases before Matheny finally pulled him.
  • Barrett Browning was a wreck in the 19th, giving up three earned runs on four hits and a walk.
  • Matt Holliday and David Freese went a combined 0-15. With a lineup full of .300 hitters and top RBI guys, it shouldn’t have been as much of a struggle as it was to score a single run on the Pirates bullpen.

Three Stars

3) Joe Kelly – Even though he gave up a run, Kelly came up big for the Cardinals, giving them almost six innings and saving the short relief guys a little bit of work.

2) Carlos Beltran – Beltran had two hits, both RBIs, and three steals.

1) Jaime Garcia – Jaime pitched a gem in his first game back and the offense wasted it.


Cincinnati Reds74480.607041-2233-265324527151Won 135
Pittsburgh Pirates67540.5546.537-2330-315074866358Won 135
St Louis Cardinals65560.5378.537-2628-305864807249Lost 133
Milwaukee Brewers54660.4501935-2819-385465615862Lost 223
Chicago Cubs47730.3922630-2817-454485424971Lost 116
Houston Astros39830.3203527-3512-484566254280Lost 46

Wild CardWLPctGBHomeRoadRSRApWpLStreakMagic#
Atlanta Braves70510.579036-2934-225604757051Lost 238
Pittsburgh Pirates67540.554037-2330-315074866358Won 141
San Francisco Giants66550.545135-2631-295204916457Lost 141
St Louis Cardinals65560.537237-2628-305864807249Lost 140
Arizona Diamondbacks62590.512531-2631-335535046655Won 437