Daily Rant: Cardinals demolished in series opener against Pirates

The Cardinals kicked off a three game home set with the Pirates in poor fashion on Thursday night as they were defeated 14-5. Adam Wainwright had another very poor showing and the offense was held to two hits through the last six innings. Find out more after the jump.

Box Score

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Pittsburgh 2 0 0 0 3 4 0 2 3 14 19 0
St Louis 0 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 7 0
WP K. Correia (4-6)
LP A. Wainwright (6-8)

The Positives

  • Jon Jay, Carlos Beltran, and David Freese picked up singles. Jay scored a run, while Beltran and Freese each drove in one a piece.
  • Matt Holliday had a two hit night. He hit two singles to raise his average to .303.
  • Allen Craig also had a two hit night as he hit his eleventh home run of the season. He ended the night with three RBI.
  • Sam Freeman pitched a scoreless inning.

Justin’s Jeers

  • Rafael Furcal, Yadier Molina, and Daniel Descalso were held hitless. Furcal and Descalso did reach base on walks, though.
  • The Cardinals stranded seven runners. Matt Holliday led the way with two.
  • Adam Wainwright had an awful outing, as he gave up seven earned runs and twelve base runners through five innings. He struck out seven, but allowed two home runs.
  • Eduardo Sanchez and Fernando Salas each gave up two earned runs in their innings of work. Sanchez gave up a third home run for the Cardinals pitching.
  • Marc Rzepczynski pitched the ninth inning and gave up three earned runs including the fourth Pirates home run of the game.

Three Stars

3) Matt Holliday – A two hit night, but he didn’t push any runs across the plate.

2) Carlos Beltran – Beltran picked up another RBI to pad his All Star argument.

1) Allen Craig – Craig proved why he is vital to this team with another home run.

Standings

Today’s Game

Jeff Karstens takes the mound for the Pirates. He is 0-2 with a 6.35 ERA. Meanwhile, 10-3 Lance Lynn leads the way for the Cardinals. He is looking to rebound from one of his worst starts of the season. Currently he has a 3.23 ERA. Game time is set for 1:15

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