What a cold, miserable day for a baseball game. April is is supposed to be warm but it felt like late October. Today was Stan Musial day and almost everyone was given a Stan Musial harmonica, which they played “Take me out to the ballgame” in the sixth inning (Another tribute for Stan) and a plaque was placed on one of his statues outside the stadium. Also, his grandchildren threw out the first pitch. It was a touching tribute.
Today’s game also marked the return of Kyle Loshe, who pitched so well here for five years. He also was given a standing ovation when he was announced. But today’s game belonged to Shelby Miller. He showed why he’s going to be a dominant force in years time. He pitched seven innings of one-hit ball, striking out eight and walking none, though he did hit a batter. What was even better was the fact that he set down the last seventeen batters he faced. He threw 113 pitches, but 86 were strikes. Had the Brewers not fouled so many pitches off, you could be talking about a complete game shutout for Shelby. He;s going to have his ups and downs like any normal pitcher but the future is very bright for him. Trevor Rosenthal, the man with the golden arm/laser cannon also had a good relief outing setting all three batters he faced in order. It wasn’t until Boggs walked a guy with one out in the ninth that the streak was stopped. All in all, twenty-one in a row were set down. After a single followed the walk, Boggs struck out both Ryan Braun and Rickie Weeks to end the game.
As for the offense, there wasn’t much of it on a cold, Friday night, but a David Freese rbi sing and a Yadier Molina homerun gave the Cards all the runs they would need. It is also ironic to note that they mustered six hits on Stan Musial night. So tomorrow’s match up pits Adam Wainwright vs Yovanni Gallardo.