Lefty John Gast was making his second major league start today and it didn’t look good when both Norichika Aoki and Jean Segura reached to open the game. But Gast retired Ryan Braun and Carlos Gomez and after Aoki went to a third base on a flyball, he was caught trying to steal home and was tagged out by Freese on a poorly layed rundown at home. That right there set the tone. But Kyle Lohse was in form, retiring the Cards on 31 pitches through the first three innings. But he fell apart in the fourth. Beltran singled to lead off. After Holliday flied out deep to right, Allen Craig doubled to right. Molina had an rbi single to give the Cards a 1-0 lead. Jon Jay singled to make it 2-0 and Freese singled to give them a three run lead. Pete Kozma then laid a bunt that scored Jay to give the Cardsa four run lead. With Gast up, he faked a bunt and was going to swing but the pitch was a bit inside and somehow Lohse lost his cool. He sent the next pitch high and tight to Gast and was visibly upset. He then settled down and got the next two outs.
Lohse later wouldn’t say but it was apparent it was about the pulled back bunt attempt. He had a few choice words for Jose Oquendo to take back to the dugout. When he came to the plate the next inning, Yadi tried talking to him but but Lohse wasn’t having any of it. Yadi kept smiling, trying to talk him down. Lohse, on the first pitch, just stood there expecting to be brushed but there was no way Yadi was going to have any of it. Lohse struck out on three pitches.
After Gast had five shutout innings, he ran into trouble in the sixth. Both Aoki and Segura singled. Gast got Braun to strike out and that would be all for Mr. Gast. Seth Maness came in and struck out Gomez but the next two batters singles to cut the lead into two. In the bottom of the seventh, Maness ran into more trouble by loading the bases with no outs. But he got Segura to pop out and induced Braun to hit into a double play to end the threat. Rosenthal and had a scoreless eighth and the “Chief” nailed down his 13th consecutive save to give the Cards the win. It must be noted that on consecutive plays, both Jay and Beltran made diving catches.
Next up is a road trip to San Diego where Shelby Miller faces off against an old Cardinals friend named Jason Marquis.