Game 19: Cardinals 5, Nationals 0

Before the game I said that all I wanted out of Kyle Lohse today was 7 innings with 3 earned, one from the bullpen, and 5 runs from the offense. I got more, and less, than I asked for. Lohse was dominant on Thursday afternoon, tossing 9 scoreless innings and allowing just four base runners all day on two hits and two walks. For Lohse, it takes him to a 3-1 record as the only Cardinal to score a decision in all four of his starts, and his ERA drops to just 2.01 in the short season.  Matt Holliday and Albert Pujols provided most of the offense. Holliday took Tom Gorzelanny deep in the bottom of the first to give the Cardinals a two run lead and they never looked back. Not wanting to be left out, Pujols would provide his own two-run home run to give the team some insurance runs as they plated three runs in the bottom of the eighth as well. Despite the victory, one thing I noticed from the box score was that the Cardinals left six men on base this afternoon. They also went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position. =&0=& Can there be anyone else? Kyle Lohse. The man has stepped up when we needed him to. (9.0 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 0 ER, 6 K) =&1=& Ryan Theriot was hitting .338 at the end of the first game during yesterday’s double header. Since then he’s gone 0-for-9 with 5 runners left of base. While Molina also went 0-for-4 today, the leadoff hitter is responsible for getting going in front of the big hitters, if he can’t do that he deserves this more. (0-for-4, 2 LOB)