ST. LOUIS (BaseballStL) -- Lance Lynn looked like a man on a mission in Game 5 which was exactly what the Cardinals needed -- until the fourth inning.
The Giants were held hitless after the first three innings of play, but back-to-back hits by Marco Scutaro and Pablo Sandoval in the fourth inning created a cloud of concern. A runner would score on a throwing error by Lynn with one out, two more runs would score on a bases loaded single and another run would come across the plate on a bunt single by Giants starter Barry Zito.
That was enough damage to bring Mike Matheny out for a pitching change with the score being 4-0. Joe Kelly would strike out the next batter, Angel Pagan, to end the inning.
Lynn also struggled in the fourth inning of Game 1 in the NLCS. He allowed four runs on five hits in that inning, but was bailed out by the Cardinals offense which scored six runs prior to Lynn being yanked from that game.
The Game 5 final line for Lynn: 3.2 innings pitched, four hits allowed, four runs, two walks, six strikeouts. He threw 66 pitches.