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Padres @ Cardinals 7.5 recap - Pham, Lynn provide offense to capture series finale

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Tommy Pham homers, drives in 3 runs from leadoff spot.

Lynn and Pham provide offense in Sunday afternoon win over the San Diego Padres
Lynn and Pham provide offense in Sunday afternoon win over the San Diego Padres
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San Diego Padres @ St. Louis Cardinals

Ian Kennedy vs. Lance Lynn
1:15 p.m. CT
Busch Stadium - St. Louis, Missouri

Today's Lineups -

Some News -

  • Just before gametime:
  • Jordan Walden will throw a bullpen session tomorrow.
  • Cleveland / Pittsburgh - MLB.com
  • Milwaukee / Cincinnati - MLB.com
  • Miami / Chicago - MLB.com

Things we were looking for -

Another day with Tommy Pham manning center field and batting leadoff.  He collected his first career hit and scored both of the Cardinal runs yesterday.  Xavier Scruggs keeps getting some time at first.  If the Cards win today, they'll win the series and they'll have won more than they've lost on this home stand, and hopefully they'll be on the right track again.

Things that happened -

Top halves -

In the first, Yangervis Solarte grounded a one-out single through to right field, and Lance Lynn and Matt Kemp had a 9 pitch battle, ending in a swinging strikeout.

Will Venable worked a deep-count walk in the second, but he ended up a LOBster.

In the third, Solarte's pocket was hanging out as he took a walk.  He got to second on an errant pickoff attempt from Lynn.  Kemp put the Padres on top by singling Solarte home.  Lance then issued another walk (to Jedd Gyorko), his third of the game.  Kolten Wong made his presence known by making a play-of-the-year type play to end the inning.  Yonder Alonzo flined a ball into center.  Wong tracked it, starting shifted way around towards first in the outfield grass, all the way to mid-center field.  He made a sprawling, tumbling dive of a catch, using every inch of his 5'9" listed height to reach overhead and haul it in.  Padres up 1-0.

Lynn recorded his first 1-2-3 inning in the fourth.  He did the same in the fifth.  And once again in the sixth!  He did it in Lance Lynn style, throwing lots of fastballs and locating them in just the right spots.  He retired 11 in a row at one point.

A popup to center resulted in a single for Venable in the seventh.  We also got to see old friend Brett Wallace, whom I had no idea was a Padre!

That was it for Lynn.  His final line: 7.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 8 K, 106 pitches thrown.

A clean inning for Maness in the eighth.

With Trevor Rosenthal being used a fair amount in recent days, the Cardinals turned to Kevin Siegrist to close the game out.  He did so, with no issues.  Cardinals win 3-1.

Bottom halves -

Tommy Pham showed off some speed, nearly beating out an infield grounder for a leadoff single, but was thrown out just in time.  Ian Kennedy and Matt Carpenter also had a 9 pitch at bat.  It also ended in a strikeout.

In the second, Yadier Molina rocketed a double over Matt Kemp's head in right field.  Kolten Wong took a glancing blow from a wayward Kennedy pitch.  That inning ended with another 9-pitch AB srikeout, this time to Randal Grichuk.

The Cardinals answered in their half of the third.  Lance Lynn stung a line-drive single to left, bringing up Pham.  His speed wouldn't be a factor in this appearance- he launched his first home run of his big-league career just over the wall in left field to put the Birds up 2-1.

Ian Kennedy came back with a 1-2-3 fourth.

In the fifth, Lynn took the next step towards a natural cycle, taking a ground rule double to right field.  It marked the first multi-hit game in Lynn's career.  Congratulations, Lance!  Pham followed with double of his own (off the wall in left-center) to score Lynn.  That double marked the first multi-hit game in Pham's career.  Congratulations, Tommy!  Cards lead 3-1.

Jason Heyward hit a ball too hard for Gyorko to handle cleanly for a single in the sixth.  He got caught stealing second (maybe a botched hit-and-run).  Yadi singled but was retired as part of a double play - one in which Gyorko let a catchable ball drop so that he could turn it into two outs instead of one.  Kolten didn't run out of the box, which allowed the play to go down like it did.

The sixth inning was Kennedy's last.  His final line: 6.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 107 pitches thrown.

Kevin Quackenbush checked in for the seventh.  He went 1-2-3 style on the Cardinals hitters, including pinch-hitter Mark Reynolds.

Quackenbush came back for the eighth and had a similarly uneventful frame to send the game to the ninth.

Final Notes -

  • Early in this game, the batters proved to be pesky outs for both pitchers.  Lots of deep counts and foul balls.
  • First career multi-hit games for two different Cardinals is pretty cool!
  • Wong's catch was spectacular.  Look!
  • #WhamBamThankYouPham is a thing.  I don't know if it was before today or not, but there you have it.
  • Kevin Quackenbush has a fantastic name.
  • Fangraphs!
  • Source: FanGraphs
  • Gamenotes: PadresCardinals
  • Sorry for being a little late!

Looking ahead -

Tomorrow, John Lackey takes the mound at Wrigley and will be opposed by Jon Lester.  Action starts @ 7:05 CT.  On Tuesday, we'll take a double dip with the Cubbies.  Lyons and Cooney will start those games.  Also, All-Star starters will be announced tonight, and full rosters will be announced tomorrow.