I hope the Cardinals vote Derek Lowe a playoff share. He’s the MVP of their stretch run, for sure. Lowe failed to make it out of the fifth inning as the Braves have now completely blown a seemingly insurmountable lead in the wildcard.
Lowe started off with a homer to Chase Utley in the first. He got through the second without giving up a run, somehow, but in the third he gave up a leadoff double to Carlos Ruiz, refused to just take the out on the succeeding bunt, allowing Roy Oswalt to reach, and eventually gave up two runs. Two hits and a sac fly in the fourth scored Shane â€œBurn In Hellâ€ Victorino.
After Lowe allowed the leadoff man to reach in the fifth, Fredi finally relieved him, only for Arodys Vizcaino to allowe a two-run homer to Hunter Pence to make it 6-0. Jimmy Rollins hit a solo homer off of Julio Teheran in the seventh to make it 7-0; Martin Prado hit a meaningless homer in the ninth to make it 7-1.