(BaseballStL) – Lance Lynn only gave up two runs in his start against the hot Toronto Blue Jays, but those two runs came from two solo homers and the Cardinals couldn’t recover.
Lynn threw 110 pitches through 5.0 innings while walking 4 and striking out six, but he gave up homers in the third and fifth innings and the only inning the Redbirds scored in was the first. With 26 batters faced, Lynn had five ground outs and only one fly out.
“He made pitches when he had to,” manager Mike Matheny said afterwards, “but man it was hard.”
Three of Lynn’s five innings pitched, he had to pitch around two or more runners on base, two of those innings he loaded the bases. However, the two runs came with no one on base, so the damage could have been worse.
And Matheny said he was impressed with Lynn’s ability to get out of the stressed innings. That it says a great deal about his character.
“He fought and got out of some jams which were pretty early and often,” he continued, “I know he’s frustrated that he’s in that position to begin with.”
But the Cardinals couldn’t score in any inning that wasn’t the first Friday. Allen Craig singled in Matt Carpenter, but the Redbirds didn’t score a single run after that.
“He kept us in it, if you want to take some positives,” Matheny added, “But obviously it wasn’t the kind of outing he want.”
And the offense certainly didn’t help.
“We just couldn’t stack them on top of each other for ourselves,” Matheny said.