The St. Louis Cardinals defeated the San Francisco Giants 6-1 today at AT&T Park.
Like yesterday, the Giants’ lineup deviated from the norm as usual backups Eli Whiteside, Mike Fontenot, Aaron Rowand and Nate Schierholtz started while typical starters Buster Posey, Miguel Tejada, Andres Torres and Pat Burrell were held out of action.
The Cardinals were led by starting pitcher Kyle Lohse and third baseman David Freese.
Lohse was outstanding on the mound, allowing one run on five singles in eight innings of work, dropping his ERA from 5.14 to 3.00. He also had good control, walking none and striking out five. Furthermore, he retired the leadoff batter in every frame.
At the plate, he even hit a single.
Freese did his part at the plate and on the field.
He went 3-for-4 with a double, home run, 3 RBIs and two runs.
First, he drove in the tying run on a single in the second for his first RBI of the season. Then, he gave the Cardinals their first lead with a double to the sixth.
Skip Schumaker came up next with a double of his own to cash in Freese.
Freese capped his and the Cardinals’ day with a solo shot to lead off top of the eighth.
In addition, he made some good plays at third base.
The sixth inning was when things really fell apart for the Giants or came together for the Cardinals, depending on your perspective.
The game was tied 1-1 at that point, but two walks and two doubles led to three runs in the frame for St. Louis.
The Cardinals added a run apiece in the seventh and eighth, while the Giants failed to score any more.
Posey was honored before the game for winning the 2010 National League Rookie of the Year Award.
San Francisco will host the Los Angeles Dodgers for a three-game series beginning tomorrow at 7:15 p.m. PDT.
Madison Bumgarner (0-1, 9.00) is scheduled to face Clayton Kershaw (1-1, 2.08)