Weather, Play Miserable in Cardinals Braves Opener


On a night of intrigue in baseball thanks to a hurricane pelting the eastern seaboard and a three-way race for the A.L. Wild Card, the Cardinals Braves opener was anything but intriguing.

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny pulled starter Jaime Garcia after four shaky innings in which the lefty gave up six hits, two walks and two earned runs, both on a home run by Braves second baseman Daniel Castro. In the eighth, Castro doubled in Freddie Freeman in the eighth for his third RBI on the night. Nick Markakis then drove in Castro with an RBI single.

The highlight of the night for St. Louis was Adam Wainright’s scoreless fifth inning. Also, rightfielder Brandon Moss had a nice night at the plate, collecting a couple of singles and walking twice. But that was really all that’s worth mentioning.

Game two in Atlanta, another 6:10 p.m. CST start, pits veteran righthander John Lackey (13-9, 2.69 ERA) against former Cardinal righty Shelby Miller, who has pitched far better than his 5-17 record this season.

In the meantime, enjoy this gallery of photos from tonight’s game: