(BaseballStL) -- The Cardinals started the 2012 season the same way they ended 2011, with a big win. The combination of a dominating start by Kyle Lohse and hot Cardinal bats resulted in the 4-1 Opening Day victory.
Just about the time everyone was getting excited about the possibility of an Opening Day no hitter, Kyle Lohse gave up a single through the hole on the right side of the infield to the lead off batter in the seventh.
Jose Reyes, the Marlins shortstop ruined the fun.
Lohse had the no hitter through six. Prior to the seventh inning the only Marlin to reach base was a batter that was struck by a pitch and then moments later erased on a double play.
The Cardinals on the other hand have been hot at the plate spraying ten hits around the big new ballpark. David Freese has three hits, a run and two RBIs.
Lohse was pulled with one out in the eighth and a man on first. Fernando Salas came in relief and got the first batter he faced to hit into a double play that would have ended the inning, but the first base umpire completely missed the call, gave the Marlins a gift and keeping the inning alive.
The next batter, pinch hitter John Buck took Salas deep to the wall in the next at bat scoring the Marlins first run.
The no-hit bid was broken just moments after the Associated Press sent out a NO HITTER ADVISORY to media outlets around the world. Figures...