(BaseballStL) – Cincinnati’s ace Johnny Cueto has been among NL leaders in wins, strike outs and WHIP, but Lance Lynn and the Cardinals tagged the Reds’ starter for five runs to complete a series sweep on their division rivals.
Cardinals’ manager Mike Matheny noted that much wasn’t made of the match-up between Cueto and Lynn, unsure if Lynn would rise to the occasion.
Cueto had won his previous seven decisions prior to Wednesday night’s loss to the Cardinals and his first loss since before the All-Star break. However, on the other side of the diamond Lynn threw seven scoreless innings. He could have thrown farther into the game, but a 58 minute rain delay ended his night.
“When you get the opportunity to face a guy who’s among the league leaders in a lot of categories,” Matheny said, “It’s a great opportunity to show what you can do and he took advantage of that. Every pitch he seemed like he knew exactly what he was doing.”
“You see his name up at the top,” Lynn added, “When you get in those situations you want to out duel them, especially when it’s someone like that. I out pitched him tonight. It didn’t hurt my feelings one bit beating him.”
Historically, August has been a rough month for Lynn, going 1-5 in 11 games started and a 5.75 ERA. This year, the Cardinals have won all four Lynn starts in August while he has held opponents to three or less runs in his last nine starts.
But after Wednesday’s game, Lynn pushed aside those stats opting to talk about the 6-1 home stand the Cardinals completed as they head to Philadelphia just 1.5 behind the Brewers.