7:00 PM ET, April 4, 2012
Marlins Park, Miami, FL
MIAMI -- The sellout crowd in the Miami Marlins' new ballpark cheered the introduction of their starters, who were accompanied by women dressed as Latin showgirls. There was another roar for Muhammad Ali, who delivered the first pitch.Then Kyle Lohse and the World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals went to work, and the place grew quiet.Lohse held Miami hitless until the seventh inning and pitched into the eighth to help the Cardinals win the first game in Marlins Park, 4-1, on Wednesday night.
The Marlins drew 41,237 for last year's home opener, then went on to finish last in the NL in attendance for the seventh consecutive year. ... Before the game, Guillen said Ramirez has a chance to be the NL MVP. ... The only no-hitter on Opening Day was thrown in 1940 by Hall of Famer Bob Feller for the Cleveland Indians against the Chicago White Sox. ... Lohse pitched five shutout innings in his only other Opening-Day start, which was in 2008.
Regular Season Series
|1st||D Freese singled to left center, C Beltran and L Berkman scored, D Freese to second advancing on throw.||2||0|
|2nd||R Furcal singled to right center, D Descalso scored.||3||0|
|8th||D Descalso grounded out to pitcher, D Freese scored, Y Molina to third.||4||0|
|8th||J Buck doubled to deep right center, O Infante scored.||4||1|
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|Stadium||Marlins Park, Miami, FL|
|Attendance||36,601 (97.8% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||79 degrees, clear|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Ed Rapuano, First Base - Angel Hernandez, Second Base - Laz Diaz, Third Base - Ed Hickox|
From Elias: Mike Matheny is the first manager to win his managerial debut in the first regular-season game at a new MLB park since Roy Hartsfield on April 7, 1977. Hartsfield managed the Blue Jays in the first ever game at Exhibition Stadium.[+]
Managers to make debut in new MLB park - Since 1969
How Cardinals starter Kyle Lohse beat the Marlins: - Got ahead: Lohse started 13 of the first 18 batters he faced with a first-pitch strike (72.2 percent), as he took a no-hitter into the seventh inning. Last season, Lohse led all qualified starters in first-pitch strike percentage (67.3 percent). - Marlins hitters were 0-8 in at-bats ending on pitches down or below the strike zone. Two of Lohse's three strikeouts and five of his seven swings-and-misses came on pitches down in the zone. - Lohse threw 22 sliders among his 90 pitches Wednesday (24.4 percent), his highest percentage in his last 14 starts, including the postseason. Lohse recorded six outs on his slider without allowing a hit, the first time he's done that since last May.
The Cardinals pitched a walk-free Opening Day game (though they did hit a batter). It was the first walk-free Opening Day game for Cardinals pitchers since 1974, when they beat the Pirates, 6-5 in 10 innings.
David Freese: 3-5, 2 RBI in Opening Day win. That makes Freese 6-12 with 7 RBI in his last 3 games of significance. Game 6 of 2011 WS- 2-5, HR, 3 RBI (game-tying triple and walk-off home run) Game 7 of 2011 WS- 1-2, 2 RBI in win over Rangers Opening Day 2012- 3-5, 2 RBI in win over Marlins
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