Despite ugly start Masterson earns first win as Cardinal
ST. LOUIS, MO - AUGUST 2: Starter Kyle Lohse #26 of the Milwaukee Brewers pitches against the St. Louis Cardinals in the first inning at Busch Stadium on August 2, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images) By Dilip Vishwanat
ST. LOUIS, MO - AUGUST 2: Kolten Wong #16 of the St. Louis Cardinals scores a run in the second inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Busch Stadium on August 2, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images) By Dilip Vishwanat
(BaseballStL) – Justin Masterson’s pitching line for Saturday’s game is ugly, but despite giving up five earned runs in six innings the Cardinals offense bailed their starter out with two homers and nine runs.
Masterson finished with 6.0 innings pitched, allowing 7 hits and five earned runs. He also walked three, but he did strike out four.
“[I] thought he was kind if as expected,” Mike Matheny said, “[He was] good when he stayed in the zone.”
Masterson did not allow a fly out, those batters that weren’t struck out or earned a hit, grounded out. And the defense held up for the sinker ball starter as Masterson credited his defense as they were able to turn two double plays.
To make his first start in the National League even sweeter, Masterson poked his first hit of the year in his first at-bat.
“It worked out to be really great,” he said, “it kept the rally going. It was really cool.”
He came around to score on that hit and even had a sacrifice bunt in the fourth inning.
Because Masterson switched leagues, his record goes back to 1-0 with the victory Saturday night. The Cardinals also pull into a tie with the Pittsburgh Pirates 2.0 games back from the Brewers.