What better way for the St. Louis Cardinals to honor Stan Musial than with six hits and their sixth win on the night to honor No. 6? Perhaps there was one thing better: the pitching of Shelby Miller. The future of the Cardinals definitely triumphed over past Cardinal Kyle Lohse as the Redbirds beat the Milwaukee Brewers 2-0.
Here’s a look at the good, better and best of the game.
Let’s start at the end. On a night when pitching ended up the story, it was good to see Mitchell Boggs get his second save of the season. It was neither pretty nor easy as he gave up both a walk and a single with one out and had to face Ryan Braun as the potential go-ahead run. But Boggs struck him out for the second out, then Rickie Weeks for the final out. Whew …
Also good to see: Trevor Rosenthal with three quick outs in the eighth.
It was good as well to see Kyle Lohse do well in his return to Busch Stadium. The fans gave him a very nice, mostly standing ovation. And his final numbers in the loss — two runs, six hits, two strikeouts, no walks — would have pleased us all during his Cardinal days.
The Cardinals obviously didn’t score much, so it’s great that they were able to capitalize on Braun’s mistake and score a run in the bottom of the second. Yadier Molina hit a fly ball to left that Braun had in his glove but, due to his compulsion to always show off unnecessarily, the ball popped out when he hit the ground to complete a dive. No video that I can find at the moment, and it wasn’t nearly as good as his ultimate moment against the Cards, but it still put both Molina and Carlos Beltran on with no one out. And then David Freese singled directly onto the No. 6 in the outfield grass to score Beltran.
Speaking of No. 6’s in the outfield, a better moment of the game was Yadi’s homer — directly over the No. 6 memorial on the left-center field wall.
Shelby Miller allowed a lead-single to Norichika Aoki — and that was it. He had eight strikeouts and no walks, had a lot of pitches early but retired 17 straight Brewers. Oh, and 87 of his 113 pitches were strikes. Relive the experience and enjoy.
Finally, everything in the Stan tribute really was just the best — from the unveiling of the new plaque on his statue to the ceremonial first pitches thrown by his grandchildren (accompanied by Red Schoendienst, in a perfect touch) to the harmonica giveaway and the sixth inning stretch of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” led by a video of Stan himself, it was a fitting way to recognize the greatest Cardinal.
This afternoon, the Cardinals try to win another over the Brewers — game time is 3:15 p.m. with Adam Wainwright and Yovani Gallardo pitching.
Christine Coleman is the lead St. Louis Cardinals reporter for Aaron Miles’ Fastball. Follow her on Twitter, @CColeman802, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Also follow @AMilesFastball for the latest updates.