(BaseballStL) – Lance Lynn pitched well against the Padres, giving up only one earned run in the Cardinals 3-1 loss. But it was one bad inning in a critical situation that foiled Lynn once again even though he didn’t give up more than one run.
In that bad inning, he did give up only one run, but the inning certainly had a feeling of more damage. He threw six straight balls which turned into eight balls within nine pitches thrown as he ended up walking the first two batters he faced.
A single gave the Padres the go ahead run, but the inning continued to spiral out of control as Lynn walked the next batter even with two outs. He ran the count on the next batter to 3-0 before coming back with four straight 90+ mph fastballs to end the inning with a bases loaded strike out.
But it was his reaction walking off the mound that displayed his frustration, mostly directed at the umpire for his 36 pitch sixth inning that brought his total for the game to 117 as he was lifted for a pinch hitter in the seventh inning.
“He’s a guy were not that concerned about when he gets up in those higher counts,” manager Mike Matheny said following the game, “We got some calls on pitches that were called earlier, all of a sudden weren’t, [it] added to the frustrations.”
“We want to show him we have faith in him,” he added.
An error from Kolten Wong accounted for the first run given up in the game to bring his ERA down to 2.98, only the second time this season his ERA has fallen below three. He did add six more strike outs to bring his season total to 123.
The offense was unable to score more than one run despite the quality start Lynn gave his club, a point Matheny echoed after the game.
“Our starters, if they fight like that,” he continued, “we’ve got to give them every opportunity to turn it around.”