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Cardinals at Padres Recap: Lynn pitches six strong innings but Cards lose 3-1

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Seems unwise for the Cardinals to lose this game.

Denis Poroy

Here's an abbreviated recap of this baseball game, which the Cardinals undoubtedly should have won.

Lance Lynn pitched very well until the sixth inning, in which he walked three batters and gave up the only earned run of his night. His final line: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 ER (2 R), 3 BB, 6 K.

Walking off the mound after he struck out Yasmani Grandal to end the inning, Lynn sort of yelled passive-aggressively at the ump, and then directly at him, venting his spleen on account of the ump's stingy strike zone. Lynn maybe said, "That's terrible, your strike calling. That's a terrible thing in the world. I hate it." And then, "Go away." Also, and I can't even bring myself to type his name because I'm on vacation and haven't fully accepted the reality of the situation, but the Cards' new catcher also got into it with the ump.

At any rate, Padres starter Tyson Ross walked five batters, all in the first three innings, and yet the Cardinals came away with zero runs. Perhaps the most important play of the game was Matt Adams's towering moonshot flyout to right-center in the third inning, which came WITH MATTS CARPENTER AND HOLLIDAY BOTH on base, thus coming oh so closely to the natural mattrick and a 3-1 lead. *shakes fist at petco*

The Padres held a 1-0 lead (their unearned run scoring on a sac fly after a Kolten Wong throwing error) until the fifth inning, when Lynn singled (Lynn singled! (Lynn singled! (Lynn singled!))), Carpenter doubled, Wong sac-flied Lynn in, and Holliday hit a chopper to third on which Carpenter immediately broke toward home. The Padres' catcher moved into the baseline in order to catch the throw from third and tag Carpenter. After a review, he was confirmed out and the Cardinals would score no more runs that inning or any other this night.

Jason Motte (who was throwing 95-mph fastballs and looked pretty good, actually) allowed a Yangervis Solarte home run in the seventh, which:

The Cardinals' final good chance at tying the game came in the eighth inning, with one unnamed man on, when Allen Craig hit a towering moonshot flyout to the deepest part of center field.

Craig went 0-4 with 2 Ks, while Oscar Taveras hit a pinch-hit single in the seventh.

WPA graph:


Source: FanGraphs

The series continues tomorrow night at 9:10 central, Joe Kelly vs Jesse Hahn.