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.