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A solid outing for Kyle Lohse for the Cardinals.
Lohse scattered six hits and allowed just two runs, working two outs into the sixth inning. He threw 57 of his 81 pitches for strikes and got stronger as the game moved along.
After a bad second inning where he could not get Braves hitters to chase pitches out of the strike zone. Lohse settled down after allowing David Ross' two-run homer and gave his team a good chance to win.
That is all you can ask in a do-or-die game.
Kyle Lohse: A-
Kris Medlen's starting debut in the postseason was a very good one.
He came out throwing strikes and had to work around a costly Chipper Jones throwing error that turned an around-the-horn double play into a three-run fourth inning.
Medlen only put on four runners on base with his arm through six and a third innings, throwing 59 of his 92 pitches for strikes. Scattering three hits and a Matt Holliday plunking in the elbow, Medlen struck out four, scattering three hits and a Matt Holiday plunking in the elbow, and allowed just two earned runs out of the five that were charged to him.
Kris Medlen: A-
Lance Lynn retired the only batter he faced to close out the sixth. Edward Mujica could not survive the seventh after a triple and a two-out single to Michael Bourn. Marc Rzepczynski retired Chipper Jones on two pitches after Jason Heyward blooped a single over short.
Mitchell Boggs was wild, but got incredibly lucky after that very bad infield fly rule call to give St. Louis the second out.
Jason Motte, after the delay, was brought in to get the last four outs.
A wild last out of the eighth inning after that lengthy trash delay saw him walk Brian McCann, but he rebounded with a strikeout. Motte found his tempo in the ninth for the first couple outs, but Chipper's infield single kept the game alive.
Cardinals Bullpen: B
Chad Durbin faced one batter for Atlanta, but couldn't retire him on a grounder to short. as Andrelton Simmons threw away the throw to home.
Jonny Venters recorded the final out of the seventh, but allowed his inherited runner on third to score.
Eric O'Flaherty worked around a base runner in the eighth, inducing a double play.
Craig Kimbrel retired the Cardinals in short order in the ninth.
They were not stoppers, but they had their hands tied with bad defense.
Braves Bullpen: C+