(BaseballStL) – Lance Lynn did what Lance Lynn does Saturday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Cardinal batters handed him an early 3-run lead, but he squandered it away with one big inning giving up 4 runs.
After the Cards were able to push across 3 runs in the top of the second on a double play and a wild pitch, Lynn got himself in a bind in the fourth. For the 28th time in his career, he gave up 3 or more runs in one inning.
In the inning, Lynn faced 9 batters and gave up 5 hits. The inning was so awful that one of the hits bounced off of Lynn’s foot.
The Redbirds had a chance to tie the game up in the next half inning with the bases loaded and two outs, but Matt Adams was unable to come up with a big hit. Adams was then stranded in the eighth after a lead-off double.
“We couldn’t get it going,” said manager Mike Matheny, “You go through those periods and right now this is a prolonged one.”
“We had a three run lead in this game,” Matheny continued, “a tough fourth inning took it from us. It put us in a corner.”
Lynn’s night ended at 6.0 innings pitched giving up 9 hits, half of those coming in the fourth inning, while giving up 2 walks and fanning 5 batters. Saturday’s game was Lynn’s fourth try at getting to the five win mark.
Lynn’s counterpart Edinson Volquez earned his second victory of the season on a mediocre start. Volquez went 4.2 innings giving up 3 runs, 4 walks and 4 strike-outs.
The only bright spot for the Cardinals was the defensive play as both Allen Craig and Peter Bourjos had big catches in the outfield. Craig laid out to rob Jose Tabata in the sixth and Bourjos ran full speed into the center field wall to hang onto a fly ball from Jordy Mercer.
The Redbirds will try to avoid the sweep Sunday night, playing their second consecutive Sunday Night Baseball game. Shelby Miller faces Charlie Morton.