Lance Lynn induced 3 straight pop outs to start his afternoon. He got Reyes to pop out to 1B on 4 pitches, Conforto to pop out to LF on just 2 pitches, and finally got Cespedes to pop out to 2B on 3 pitches.
Matt Carpenter greeted Steven Matz by slicing a ground rule double down the third base line on the second pitch he saw. Tommy Pham followed by working a full count and lining a single to center, advancing the suddenly-very-conservative Carpenter only to third. Fowler grounded out, advancing Pham to 2B, and Gyorko grounded out, scoring Carpenter. Matz used to 27th pitch to retire Molina on a fly out to left-center. 1-0 Cardinals.
Lynn breezed through the Mets a second time in the 2nd. He got Bruce to ground out into the jaws of the infield shift, Flores to line out harmlessly to RF and, after walking Duda, struck out Rivera with a cutter. He was at 24 pitches.
Matz retired Piscotty and Voit on a ground out to 3B and fly out to RF, but Paul DeJong was able to float a single over the second baseman to turn the lineup over after Lynn inevitably struck out. Matz was at 40 pitches.
Lynn shut the Mets down a third time by getting Reynolds to ground out to 3B, Matz to line out to center, and Reyes to ground out to 1B. He was through the Mets’ lineup on just 34 pitches.
The Cardinal offense blitzed Matz and made it count in the 3rd. Matt Carpenter worked a 5-pitch walk, and Tommy Pham cashed him in with a home run that glanced off the RF foul pole. Jay Bruce made a great play up against the side wall in RF to retire Fowler, before Matz retired Gyorko and Molina. Matz was at 61 pitches. 3-0 Cardinals.
Michael Conforto looped the Mets’ first hit of the afternoon over the shortstop into left-center, but Lynn got Cespedes to fly out to the track in RF, Bruce to pop out to short LF, and Flores to ground into a fielder’s choice. He was still only at 44 pitches.
Matz made short work of Piscotty and Voit again, but then left an elevated fastball right down the heart of the plate to the red-hot Paul DeJong, who pulverized yet another home run, into the Mets’ bullpen. After Lynn popped out in foul territory, Matz found himself at 80 pitches and with activity in his bullpen. 4-0 Cardinals.
Lynn kept his foot on the gas through the 5th. With a little help from a galloping Piscotty, he got Duda to fly out to right-center and, after Rene Rivera managed an infield single, induced a 6-4-3 double play off the bat of Matt Reynolds. Lynn had only thrown 59 pitches.
After Carpenter lined out to CF, Tommy Pham and Dexter Fowler grounded singles just out of the reach of the ranging Mets middle-infielders, ending Steven Matz’s day. Eric Goeddel entered in relief and struck out Gyorko, but was ambushed by Yadier Molina on the first pitch for an RBI single. 5-0 Cardinals.
Lynn cruised through the 6th. He struck out Granderson swinging, got Reyes to fly out to CF, and got Conforto to fly out to deep LF. He was at just 74 pitches.
Luke Voit announced his presence against Seth Lugo in the 6th, knocking an opposite-field home run just out of the reach of a leaping Bruce. The ace of the Puerto Rican World Baseball Classics staff bore down and retired DeJong, Lynn, and Carpenter easily to end the frame. 6-0 Cardinals.
Lance was in complete control. He got Cespedes to ground out to SS, then after Bruce singled to RF, got Flores to ground into a 6-4-3 double play. He was now at 93 pitches, however, and his afternoon was finished.
Lugo remained in the game to pitch the 7th, Grichuk replaced Pham, and Fryer replaced Molina. Lugo struck out Grichuk and Gyorko, allowed a single off the wall by Dexter Fowler, and got Fryer to ground out to 3B.
Trevor Rosenthal picked up where Lynn left off. He struck out Duda on 6 pitches, Rivera on 3 pitches, and Reynolds on 7 pitches.
Lugo drew a 3rd inning of work. Piscotty drew a lead-off walk against him, but Voit, DeJong, and a pinch-hitting Greg Garcia could not advance him beyond second base.
John Brebbia entered to close it out. He got Asdrubal Cabrera to fly out to deep RF, Jose Reyes to fly out to short CF, and Michael Conforto to pop out to short LF. Cardinals win 6-0.
Lance Lynn: 7.0IP, 0ER, 3H, 2K, 1BB, 76 GSc
Steven Matz: 4.1IP, 5ER, 7H, 1K, 1BB, 24 GSc
- Stephen Matz had recorded 17 scoreless innings coming into today’s game. The Cardinals snapped that in the 1st.
- Paul DeJong is the first Cardinal rookie to hit 6 XBHs in a 3-game series since 1900. Walks be damned.
- Alex Mejia drew a lot of praise from McCarver on his ability to quickly turn a double play.
- Rosenthal tossed his 3rd consecutive clean inning. It was just his 5th such inning since the start of June.
- Dexter Fowler is still experiencing noticeable pain in his right heel.
- An usher got in Grichuk’s way as he tried to catch a foul pop up in the 7th. While it was unclear whether the Cardinal left fielder would have otherwise made the play, it was clear that a portion of the crowd found the wave to be of greater interest.
- John Brebbia has been a minor revelation, and is poised for an increase in responsibility in the second half.