(BaseballStL) — Aroldis Chapman came on again, dazzling the Cardinals with a mix of 100+ MPH fastballs and high-80s sliders.
Matt Carpenter struck out followed by Randal Grichuk popping out to center. Matt Holliday drew a 3-2 walk, sending Mark Ellis up for his third crack at Chapman in three days.
He fell behind 0-2 before working the count back to even. Chapman came with a breaking ball at the knees, getting Ellis to chase and end the game on a strikeout.
Reds break through
Lynn’s performance Thursday has been one of the season’s best. After six innings of deftly outmaneuvering the Reds lineup, the big righty added another feather in his cap by striking out the side in the seventh.
He issued his first walk in the eighth, gifting Brandon Phillips first base on inside balls Lynn clearly didn’t agree with. It was the first base runner Lynn allowed in 15 hitters.
With a crack in the spell, Jay Bruce found his swing. He singled for the third Reds hit, moving Phillips to third. A soft fly ball into center would follow off the bat of Ramon Santiago.
Jon Jay came running in, looking to have a bead on it. The normally sure-handed center fielder couldn’t come up with the catch, as the ball rattled out of his glove and onto the grass.
Phillips would score on the play, but Jay would throw to second for the first out.
Lynn would regroup on the mound, looking to keep things one swing from even. He got Zack Cozart to line out to shortstop, and when Peralta tried to double up Santiago his threw skipped away.
Lynn was unfazed, getting pinch hitter Skip Schumaker to fly out to left field to end the inning.
The Cardinals have three outs to pick up one run against Aroldis Chapman.
Jay Robs Adams
The Reds continue to rob the Cardinals, with Jay Bruce’s highlight catch saving a run in the seventh.
Matt Adams led off the seventh inning with a deep drive to right field, beginning his trot to first. As he reached the bag, Bruce reached the wall.
The right fielder left his feet and extended his glove over the barrier, finding just enough length to snare Adams’ homer and bring it back.
Adams took his helmet off and saluted Bruce, as the outfielder had just saved the go ahead run the Reds.
The Cardinals would go down quickly after that, keeping the score locked at 0-0.
A duel through five
Lynn is matching Cueto pitch for pitch, as both hurlers are cruising in a fast game.
The St. Louis starter has allowed only two hits, striking out two and not allowing a walk. Lynn has gotten six ground balls on the day, facing only one batter over the minimum.
Cueto has struck out five, and issued only two free passes- both in the first inning. He’s allowed three hits - one to Lynn - and has shut down two big Cardinal innings without damage.
Lynn has the edge on pitches, having thrown 51 to Cueto’s 70.
Frazier saves the day
Lance Lynn came close to helping his own cause, singling to begin the third inning.
Matt Carpenter singled with a bunt right behind him to reach for the second time, and put two on for Jon Jay.
The center fielder grounded into a double play, but managed to advance Lynn to third base. Matt Holliday looked to have driven in the game’s first run with a line drive down the first base line, but Todd Frazier fully extended, diving to snare the ball on a bounce. He ran to first to beat Holliday, ending the inning and keeping the game scoreless.
A miss early
The Cardinals got to Cueto early but couldn’t make an impact, stranding two in the first.
Matt Carpenter worked his 86th walk of the season to lead off the game, and Jon Jay joined him on base after getting hit by a pitch for the 19th time this season.
That number leads the majors, with Matt Holliday close behind at 17.
Holliday would avoid getting plunked, but went down on strikes for the first out. Matt Adams followed suit, taking a questionable called third strike on the inside corner.
The first baseman argued the call, but would head back to the dugout the second out of the inning.
Jhonny Peralta would fail to get a ball out of the infield, grounding to short to end the inning.