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Lohse adds to list of Cardinals tough-luck starts

Kyle Lohse deserved a win on Saturday after tossing seven innings of one-run ball for the St. Louis Cardinals, but instead took a no-decision.

Kyle Lohse (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)Right-hander Kyle Lohse made his best start of the season on Saturday for the St. Louis Cardinals, departing after seven innings with a 3-1 lead, only to have the bullpen given the runs back to the visiting Cincinnati Reds. The Cardinals eventually prevailed, 6-3, giving Lohse the third no-decision this season for a St. Louis starter going seven or more innings allowing one or no earned runs.

It was not a rare occurrence, having been the 60th such start in the last decade and one month for the Cardinals.

Cardinals starters, seven innings or more, allowing one or no runs, no decision, 2000-current

Pitcher Date Opp Rslt App,Dec IP H R ER BB SO HR
Kyle Lohse 5/1/2010 CIN W 6-3 GS-7 7 5 1 1 0 8 0
Jaime Garcia 4/17/2010 NYM L 1-2 GS-7 7 1 0 0 2 5 0
Brad Penny 4/8/2010 CIN L 1-2 GS-7 7 6 1 1 2 4 0
Chris Carpenter 9/25/2009 COL L 1-2 GS-7 7 5 1 1 3 2 0
Chris Carpenter 9/19/2009 CHC W 2-1 GS-8 8 8 0 0 2 4 0
Mitchell Boggs 9/5/2009 PIT W 2-1 GS-7 7 5 1 1 2 3 0
Joel Pineiro 7/29/2009 LAD W 3-2 GS-8 8 6 1 1 2 7 0
Adam Wainwright 7/1/2009 SFG W 2-1 GS-9 9 6 1 1 3 12 0
Chris Carpenter 5/25/2009 MIL L 0-1 GS-8 8 2 0 0 0 10 0
Adam Wainwright 4/24/2009 CHC W 4-3 GS-7 7 7 3 1 1 6 0
Braden Looper 9/5/2008 FLA L 1-4 GS-8 7.1 4 0 0 0 6 0
Braden Looper 6/18/2008 KCR L 2-3 GS-7 7 5 1 1 0 0 0
Joel Pineiro 6/17/2008 KCR L 1-2 GS-7 7 7 1 1 0 4 0
Adam Wainwright 5/7/2008 COL L 3-4 GS-7 7 4 0 0 2 3 0
Braden Looper 4/25/2008 HOU L 2-3 GS-7 7 2 0 0 1 2 0
Adam Wainwright 9/19/2007 PHI W 2-1 GS-8 8 4 1 1 4 7 0
Braden Looper 2007-09-15 (1) CHC L 2-3 GS-7 7 3 1 1 2 5 0
Mike Maroth 6/25/2007 NYM L 1-2 GS-8 7.1 2 1 1 2 4 1
Adam Wainwright 6/1/2007 HOU W 8-1 GS-7 7 4 1 1 4 6 0
Braden Looper 4/25/2007 CIN W 5-2 GS-7 7 3 1 1 2 4 1
Jeff Suppan 9/20/2006 MIL L 0-1 GS-7 7 6 0 0 1 4 0
Jeff Suppan 8/31/2006 FLA W 5-2 GS-7 7 6 1 1 4 5 1
Chris Carpenter 8/26/2006 CHC W 2-1 GS-8 8 2 1 1 1 5 1
Jeff Weaver 8/17/2006 CIN W 2-1 GS-8 7.1 3 1 1 1 2 1
Jeff Suppan 7/15/2006 LAD W 2-1 GS-7 7 5 1 1 2 6 0
Chris Carpenter 6/28/2006 CLE W 5-4 GS-7 7 5 1 1 1 4 0
Chris Carpenter 5/9/2006 COL W 4-2 GS-7 7 4 2 1 6 6 1
Chris Carpenter 4/29/2006 WSN W 2-1 GS-7 7 9 1 1 0 3 1
Mark Mulder 9/2/2005 HOU L 5-6 GS-8 8 2 2 1 2 8 0
Chris Carpenter 7/22/2005 CHC W 2-1 GS-9 9 8 1 1 2 3 0
Mark Mulder 7/15/2005 HOU W 4-3 GS-8 8 8 1 1 3 3 0
Jason Marquis 7/7/2005 ARI L 1-2 GS-8 8 4 1 1 1 7 1
Chris Carpenter 9/6/2004 SDP L 3-7 GS-7 7 5 3 0 0 5 0
Woody Williams 8/7/2004 NYM W 2-1 GS-7 7 2 1 1 2 5 0
Jeff Suppan 6/28/2004 PIT L 1-2 GS-8 8 2 1 1 1 7 0
Woody Williams 6/26/2004 KCR W 3-1 GS-8 8 8 1 1 3 5 0
Chris Carpenter 5/28/2004 HOU W 2-1 GS-8 8 2 0 0 3 4 0
Matt Morris 5/2/2004 CHC W 1-0 GS-9 9 4 0 0 1 4 0
Jason Marquis 4/22/2004 HOU W 2-1 GS-7 7 6 1 1 2 4 0
Sterling Hitchcock 9/5/2003 CIN L 2-4 GS-7 7 3 1 1 1 8 1
Woody Williams 8/27/2003 CHC W 4-2 GS-7 7 5 1 1 1 6 0
Garrett Stephenson 6/12/2003 BOS W 8-7 GS-7 7 3 0 0 6 6 0
Brett Tomko 5/17/2003 CHC L 1-2 GS-7 7 9 1 1 3 4 0
Garrett Stephenson 4/27/2003 FLA W 7-6 GS-8 8 4 1 1 5 4 0
Matt Morris 4/5/2003 HOU L 1-2 GS-8 8 3 0 0 2 10 0
Jason Simontacchi 9/27/2002 MIL L 1-2 GS-7 7 4 1 1 2 3 1
Andy Benes 9/24/2002 ARI W 3-2 GS-7 7 4 0 0 2 4 0
Andy Benes 8/4/2002 ATL L 1-2 GS-8 7.1 4 1 1 1 8 0
Matt Morris 7/13/2002 SDP W 2-1 GS-7 7 4 1 1 2 5 0
Matt Morris 5/3/2002 ATL L 1-2 GS-8 8 3 0 0 3 4 0
Woody Williams 10/5/2001 HOU L 1-2 GS-7 7 6 0 0 4 6 0
Darryl Kile 8/17/2001 PHI W 4-3 GS-7 7 6 1 1 2 5 0
Darryl Kile 7/22/2001 PIT L 0-2 GS-8 8 6 0 0 2 4 0
Dustin Hermanson 7/3/2001 MIL L 0-2 GS-7 7 5 0 0 1 8 0
Matt Morris 6/30/2001 SFG L 2-5 GS-7 7 8 1 1 1 5 0
Matt Morris 5/2/2001 FLA W 4-2 GS-9 8 8 2 1 1 11 1
Rick Ankiel 9/3/2000 NYM W 4-3 GS-7 7 2 1 1 5 8 0
Darryl Kile 7/20/2000 ARI L 2-3 GS-8 8 3 1 1 0 9 1
Rick Ankiel 6/25/2000 LAD W 2-1 GS-7 7 4 1 1 5 3 1
Rick Ankiel 5/13/2000 LAD L 1-3 GS-7 7 4 0 0 4 9 0

From a Cardinals historical perspective, Bob Forsch had the most such career games with 18. John Tudor was next with 12, followed by Matt Morris at 11, and Joe Magrane, Luis DeLeon and Chris Carpenter with ten each.

Far more unusual is going seven or more, yielding one or no runs and taking the loss. That has happened just 14 times in the last decade. The frequency is increasing with ten of them in the last four years.

Joel Pineiro was victimized by this lack of support three times last season alone. Had he deservedly won those games, his 2009 record would have been a superb 18-9 instead of an ok 15-12, reminding us how unjust the win statistic can be.

Cardinals starters, seven innings or more, allowing one or no runs, loss, 2000-current

Pitcher Date Opp Rslt App,Dec IP H R ER BB SO HR
Joel Pineiro 9/11/2009 ATL L 0-1 GS-7 ,L 7 5 1 1 2 7 0
Joel Pineiro 6/18/2009 DET L 3-6 GS-7 ,L 7 5 4 1 0 4 0
Adam Wainwright 5/16/2009 MIL L 0-1 GS-8 ,L 8 2 1 1 2 7 1
Joel Pineiro 5/2/2009 WSN L 1-6 GS-7 ,L 7 7 4 1 1 4 1
Todd Wellemeyer 8/31/2008 HOU L 0-3 GS-7 ,L 7 4 1 1 0 4 0
Braden Looper 8/19/2008 PIT L 1-4 GS-7 ,L 7 3 1 1 2 2 0
Anthony Reyes 8/7/2007 SDP L 0-4 GS-7 ,L 7 7 1 1 1 2 0
Jeff Weaver 9/2/2006 PIT L 0-1 GS-7 ,L 7 5 1 1 1 4 0
Anthony Reyes 6/22/2006 CHW L 0-1 CG 8 ,L 8 1 1 1 0 6 1
Chris Carpenter 4/14/2006 CIN L 0-1 GS-8 ,L 8 4 1 1 3 6 0
Chris Carpenter 8/26/2004 CIN L 0-1 CG 8 ,L 8 3 1 1 1 11 1
Woody Williams 5/16/2004 FLA L 2-3 GS-7 ,L 7 9 3 1 2 6 0
Brett Tomko 4/20/2003 ARI L 0-1 GS-8 ,L 8 8 1 1 4 6 0
Matt Morris 7/24/2001 HOU L 1-2 GS-8 ,L 8 7 2 0 0 5 0

As always, thanks to researcher Tom Orf for the data.

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