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 “Burn In Hell” 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.