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How some noteworthy St. Louis pitchers fared in their first MLB start

How some Cardinals pitchers fared in their first start.

Michael Wacha, May 30, 2013: 7 IP, 2H 1R, 6K, 0BB, result: No decision.

Wacha was brilliant over seven innings, striking out the first major league hitter he faced and working out of the lone jam he got himself into all night. He lost his chance for his first MLB win when embattled reliever Mitchell Boggs allowed the game to be tied on one swing of the bat and then walked the only other guy he face. In came Victor Marte who allowed the go ahead run to score in what would eventually -- after an epic rain delay -- turn into a 4-2 loss.

Bob Gibson, July 30, 1959: 9IP, 8H, 0R, 2K 3BB, result: Win.

After three not particularly inspiring appearances out of the bullpen in April of that year, Gibson was assigned his first start at the end of July. It offered the first glimpse of the sort of pitcher Gibson would be throughout the upcoming decade. Joe Cunningham scored the game's lone run for the Cardinals in the second inning and Gibson made it stand up to improve St. Louis' season record to 49-53.

Steve Carlton, June 14, 1965: 4 1/3 IP, 7H, 2R, 5K, 0BB, result: No decision.

Lefty was lifted in the fifth inning in which he surrendered a 2-1 Cardinals lead to Pittsburgh. St. Louis would go on to score two runs in the bottom of the fifth to re-establish the lead and grab an easy win for reliever Ron Taylor. 

Dizzy Dean, Sept. 28, 1930: 9IP, 1R, 5K, 3BB, result: Win.

He hurled a complete game to notch his first major league win as the 1930 season was coming to an end. How impressed were the Cardinals? They left Dean in the minors for the entirety of the 1931 season, not calling on him to make another start until April of 1932. Of course, Dean's absence in the major leagues had more to do with the fact that he annoyed the manager, the general manager, his teammates and seemingly everyone else in the organization. His only run in 1930 came in the first inning he pitched, an RBI hit by future Hall of Famer Pie Traynor. Taylor Douthit, Andy High and Chick Hafey each drove in a run for St. Louis in the 3-1 win.

Bob Forsch, July 7, 1974: 6 2/3IP, 4H, 2R, 2K, 5BB, result: Loss.

The author of two Cardinals no-hitters made his debut against Sparky Anderson's Cincinnati Reds and pitched pretty well. Just not well enough to win. The teams traded runs in the second inning and then Cincinnati notched the deciding tally in the seventh as Forsch departed. Ted Simmons, playing first base while Tim McCarver caught, hit a solo home run to provide all the offense the Redbirds could muster.

Mort Cooper, Sept. 14, 1938: 9IP, 3H, 2R, 3K, 8BB, result: Win.

Despite issuing eight free passes, Cooper held on for a 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. Joe Medwick hit a solo homer while Enos Slaughter and Hal Epps each scored a run to account for single St. Louis tallies in the first, fifth and seven innings.

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