Its a little ironic to say on a day when the wind was blowing at 23 mph that Kyle Lohse “breezed” through his outing, but that was case. Manager Tony LaRussa expected a 10-9 with the wind, but instead it turned out to be a pitcher’s day until the ninth inning when the Cardinals scored all their runs in their last at-bat to beat Florida 5-3.

Lohse pitched four scoreless innings, giving up two hits. In 6 2/3 innings this spring, all against Florida, Lohse has given up one run on eight hits. The Marlins dominated on the mound until the ninth. In fact, Allen Craig, filling in for Albert Pujols at first base hit a double to right center in the second inning and was stranded on third which was the Cardinals only baserunner to get into scoring position through the first eight innings.