Game Time: 12:10pm
The Nose's Record: 1-1 Era: 4.50 K: 16 BB: 8 WHIP: 1.42
Niese increased his personal streak of scoreless innings to 11 Thursday night while pitching against the Rockies, but allowed four runs in the sixth and seventh innings and emerged as the losing pitcher. He allowed eight hits, four to his final seven batters, and three walks, two in the sixth. Now he is to experience another first — the Cardinals and Albert Pujols. Niese’s record is 1-2 and his ERA 5.46 in five career starts (28 innings) at Citi Field.
Record: 4-6 Era: 4.14 K: 51 BB: 22 WHIP: 1.28
The Cards liked what they saw from Lohse his last time out, as he turned in his best game since he returned from injury. Lohse still isn’t getting quite as deep into games as he was before he suffered a right forearm strain, but the better his stuff and command get, the more chance he’ll have of doing that. He missed the Cardinals’ earlier trip to Citi Field, but allowed a run over five innings in beating the Mets in St. Louis in April.