(BaseballStL) — It may not have ended in a win, but Lance Lynn’s 10th start was proof he can survive without the run support.
Despite a rough first inning that saw the St. Louis starter throw 30 pitches, Thursday’s final turn against the Diamondbacks was one of Lynn’s best of the season.
“There were a few balls up on the first they were able to find and then I walked a guy. It was just kind of everything at once and I was able to regroup,” he said.
Following the two-run first that saw a walk sandwiched by two hits, the big righty dealt back-to-back innings of nine pitches.
“Normally he gets out on the mound and is not exactly sure how much movement he’s going to have, It’ll look different than what he had in the bullpen. It was running off the plate, he was elevated a little bit and he was able to keep it just to two. That could have been real ugly,” Mike Matheny said after the game. “He made a great adjustment and did it quick, then just stayed the course.”
He certainly did. In fact, he never threw more than 15 pitches in an inning again.
Lynn allowed seven hits (three in the first) and walked one (also in the first). He struck out six on his way to an 89-pitch outing, getting eight ground outs to help the cause.
He was steadily in control, getting ahead of 16 of the 26 hitters, and rebounding from a dangerous first to steer the Cardinals to the sixth inning where they could tie it.
“It was a nice mix, he had a good feel. I would have been nice to throw him through the seventh but we had to take a shot offensively,” Matheny said. Jon Jay pinch hit for Lynn in an inning that saw the Cardinals tie the contest, erasing the memory of Arizona’s fruitful first.
“With our offense, you keep them at two, you have a chance to win,” Lynn said. The Cardinals would go on to win, though it would be a no decision for the 27-year-old. Of his ability to firmly regain control of the game as it teetered on the brink, he simply smiled and said, “You act like I haven’t done that before.”