Cardinals vs. Brewers: Kyle Lohse Works Out Of Jam

In the bottom of the second, Matt Holliday drove in the game's first run with one of the more embarrassing solo homers that's ever been hit. The ball barely squeaked out down the right field line, and Randy Wolf had to be thinking something. I mean, he had to be thinking something. Have you ever been able to think nothing?

Kyle Lohse then took the mound in the top of the third looking to protect the one-run lead, and he succeeded. He had some trouble, but he succeeded.

Following a leadoff strikeout, Lohse allowed Randy Wolf to drill a line drive the other way for a double. Wolf is a fairly good hitter for a pitcher, but that doesn't mean he's actually a good hitter. Anyway. Lohse then faced Nyjer Morgan, and this was his 0-2 pitch:

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Morgan made no effort, but umpires are dumb about that rule, so Morgan proceeded to first base. The jam was on.

Yet Lohse escaped. Mark Kotsay lifted a routine fly to left field, and the much more talented Ryan Braun subsequently popped out. He didn't even pop out - he fouled out, to Albert Pujols. The Brewers got the situation they wanted, but they couldn't cash in, so it's still 1-0 Redbirds going into the bottom of the third.

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