Apparently in order to dispel the myth that St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Lance Lynn is the luckiest hurler in the world, the team took another strong start from the big righty Wednesday, wadded it up and threw it in the trash.
Lynn wasn't completely without personal responsibility, giving up a double to geriatric Mets pitcher Bartolo Colon that caused the eventual winning run to be scored. But Lynn allowed only two runs over six innings on an oppressively hot day at Busch Stadium. And that should have been good enough to secure a win.
The offense teased that it was going to provide ample support when the first hitter of the game, Matt Carpenter, cranked a Colon pitch over the boards for a solo home run. But that was the only scoring the Redbirds could muster until the bottom of the ninth when they scored another run on an ill-fated rally.
While Colon gets a lot of the credit for being crafty. It also helped him a great deal that the Cardinals were impatient and allowed him to stay fresh, throwing only 86 pitches over eight innings. Let's be honest here, he's not in the best shape and he's 41 years old. The heat index was 100 degrees. The Cardinals could have put a lot more stress on Colon. Instead they let him throw 10 pitches a frame and then go back to sit in the dugout in the shade -- or the clubhouse in the air conditioning.
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Still, as lethargic as the St. Louis offense was, the Cardinals had a chance to win the the game in the ninth inning when Matt Carpenter led off with a double and Jon Jay reached with a single to bring up Matt Holliday with a chance to tie the game with a double -- or win it wit a home run. Instead, he hit into a double play.
The Cardinals still could have tied the game after that with a long ball. But, although they scored Carpenter on an infield single, they couldn't push the equalizer across.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Carpenter
Cardinals Play of the Game: Daniel Murphy hit a line drive to the left of Jon Jay to lead off the fourth inning that seemed certain to be a double. Jay was able to get his glove on the ball to knock it down and keep it at his feet. Then he quickly gathered up the ball and threw a strike to second base to nail Murphy.
Lowlight: Holliday and Matt Adams were 0-for-7 with four combined runners stranded on base. That number was decreased by Holliday's rally-killing double play ball.