Opening Day (okay, Night)


Kyle Lohse delivers (AP)

Cardinals 4, Marlins 1. Life is good.

Kyle Lohse, inheriting the first starting assignment from the injured Chris Carpenter, was masterful, retiring his first 10 in a row, taking a no-hitter into the 7th, and allowing only 2 hits before turning the game over to the bullpen. Jason Motte came out smokin’ and shut the door in the 9th.

Leadoff hitter Rafael Furcal went 3 for 5 with an RBI. 2011 post-season hero David Freese was also 3 for 5 with two RBIs and a run scored. Yadier Molina, who led the team in batting average last year, was 2 for 4, and Carlos Beltran went 2 for 5 with a run scored. Only Matt Holliday had a bad night, 0 for 5 with 2 strikeouts.

Rookie manager Mike Matheny, a fave back when he was the Cardinal catcher, notched his first career win. May there be 1,000 more.

Later,

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