Michael Blazek became the eighth Cardinals rookie pitcher on Saturday night to make his major-league debut. Blazek struck out two of the three men he faced in a perfect ninth inning.
But, given what his predecessors had done, this hardly should have been surprising.

None of the five Cardinals pitchers who made their big-league debuts out of the bullpen this year were scored on in their first outings and that covers Blazek, Keith Butler, Seth Maness, Carlos Martinez and Kevin Siegrist, who may never be scored on.

Lefthander Siegrist, pitching ahead of Blazek Saturday in the Cardinals’ 4-2 loss to Texas, knocked off his eighth consecutive scoreless outing, covering 8 2/3 innings. Siegrist is here, in large part, because he can get lefthanded hitters out and, indeed, lefthanded hitters are two for 15 against him. But righthanded hitters are nothing for 13.

Righthander Butler has been scored on in just one of nine outings and Maness threw his eighth double-play ball on Saturday. He has worked just 23 innings.

The rookie starters should be included, too. Tyler Lyons pitched six spotless innings in his first start before being scored on and John Gast and Michael Wacha had five and four, respectively, before allowing a run.

Staff ace Adam Wainwright has witnessed this and, understandably, is amazed. “When I was coming up, everyone was giving up three (runs) in the first inning they ever pitched, including me,” Wainwright.