DETROIT, MI - JUNE 19: Lance Lynn #31 of the St Louis Cardinals winds up for a pitch during a MLB interleague game against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on June 19, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images) By Dave Reginek
DETROIT (BaseballStL) – It was going to take a near-flawless game from the Cardinals for Lance Lynn to achieve a league-leading eleventh win as he faced the reigning CY Young winner and MVP Justin Verlander.
An inconsistent fastball doomed Lynn early as he was chased from the game after hurling 102 pitches (only 62 strikes) in five innings.
The Tigers potent offense, powered by Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder, did most of its damage in the first two innings from the top two spots of the batting order. Those spots, occupied by Austin Jackson and Quintin Berry, combined for three RBIs off Lynn.
Every Tigers starter, minus Fielder, had at least one hit off of Lynn, who matched a season-high in hits allowed with nine on Tuesday.
Lynn’s next scheduled start is Sunday against the Kansas City Royals.