The St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday wasted an excellent start by pitcher Lance Lynn to drop their long-awaited second game of the season to the Chicago Cubs.
Lynn was nearly perfect through the first five innings with only one hit allowed. But a rough sixth inning started with a hit batsman. The situation was aggravated by a wild pick-off throw to first base and a walk. A sacrifice fly and the second Chicago hit of the game plated two -- and that's all the Cubs would need for a 2-0 win.
The Cardinals "hitters" managed only three safeties and three walks in a lackluster offensive performance. One of the hits was collected by Lynn, himself.
It was a sad ending for Lynn who was absolutely dominant for the first five innings with nine strikeouts and a walk.
The Redbirds don't seem to have a team capable of hitting a lot of home runs. And the frigid weather during the first part of the season makes a power surge even less likely. So St. Louis needs to concentrate on getting on base and moving runners up. If they can't be flashy, the Cardinals are going to have to be efficient and consistent.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Lynn
Cardinals Play of the Game: Lynn's efforts to pitch around a one-out triple in the fourth inning, striking out one batter and then getting a lazy fly ball to centerfield for the third out.
Lowlight: The complete lack of Cardinals offense.