Maybe it was just the conditions in Wrigley that slowed us down, because the Braves are right back in high-scoring mode. In the first, a pair of bases-loaded walks (one to Dan Uggla scoring Michael Bourn, one to Brian McCann scoring Martin Prado) accounted for the scoring. In the third, McCann singled in Uggla to make it 3-0.
Brandon Beachy, meanwhile, no-hit the Cards for three and shut them out through five. No problem there, except that he’d still not very efficient. With the bases loaded in the fifth, Tyler Pastornicky beat out an infield single to score Uggla, and Beachy singled to scoree McCann, making it 5-0.
The Cards finally got to Beachy, loading the bases with none out, but St. Louis only got one run, on a sac fly, before a double play. A rare Michael Bourn homer made it 6-1, but Kris Medlen, in his second inning of work, gave up a leadoff triple, the run scoring on a single, before getting a double play to end the threat. Bourn hit a two-out double to score Pastornicky, leading to the final score. Crristhian Martinez got two strikeouts in getting through the ninth.