Lance Lynn turned in another strong outing Monday evening with 6 1/3 innings of 6 hit, 2 run ball. He also struck out four and walked one. His counterpart, Collin McHugh, would all but match him with 5 innings, 4 hits, 1 earned run and 2 strikeouts.
The real bummer of the night was Trevor Rosenthal, who uncharacteristically gave up a lead in the 8th. The new father was charged with 4, yes 4, earned runs, ending his streak of 11 2/3 scoreless innings. This deficit would prove to be insurmountable, as the Cards lost 6 - 2.
What made this loss sting the most, to me, was that the Rockies seemed to out-Cardinals the Cardinals. After Matt Carpenter pushed his hit streak to 8 and tied the game on his MLB-leading 51st double, which is two shy of Stan Musial's single season record for a Cardinal lefty, with two outs in the top of the 8th, I thought for sure the Birdos were going to RISP their way to a win. I was so confident, I even got up and made a snack, preparing for what might be a 10 or 11 inning adventure. But the opposite happened as the Rockies went 5 -11 with RISP and 3 - 4 in the 8th inning.
With the Pirates getting "Maddux'd" in a one hit loss last night to the Padres Andrew Cashner, the Cardinals enter play today tied for first in the division with the Reds 2.5 games back. Looking to right the ship is "Bazooka/Machine Gun/Dancin'/Dead Fish Handshakin'" Joe Kelly, who experienced his first lost in 47 days his last start out. Let's hope he pitches better than he shakes hands tonight, as the Birds need to keep pace in the division. Opposing him is Juan Nicasio, a 8 - 7 righty from the Dominican Republic with a 4.58 ERA.
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