St. Louis Cardinals fans on Saturday night, after two days of pining for players who were dealt away, finally got to see some of the benefits of their team's trade deadline swaps when former Cleveland Indians hurler Justin Masterson made his team debut against the Milwaukee Brewers.
Masterson, who was returning from a stint on the disabled list because of a knee injury, was inconsistent, allowing five earned runs in six innings on seven hits and two walks. But he showed flashes of the hard slider he uses to force opposing hitters to pound baseballs into the ground.
He recorded 12 outs on grounders on outs and none on fly balls. Four outs were recorded on strikes.
Fortuntely, the Redbirds found their hitting shoes, blasting former Cardinals hurler Kyle Lohse for seven runs on nine hits in four innings on their way to a 9-7 win.
Second baseman Kolten Wong collected three hits in five at bats including a home run. He drove in three runs and scored two. Matt Holliday, Jhonny Peralta and Tony Cruz each contributed two hits to the offensive eruption. Oscar Taveras doubled to collect a hit in his third straight game and Matt Adams legged out a single to stop the slide of hit batting average which has fallen 15 points since the All-Star Game.