MILWAUKEE (BaseballStL) – There is no way Lance Lynn deserved an ‘L’ after pitching seven strong innings and allowing just one run over six hits on Monday – and thankfully he was given a no decision thanks to a late-inning comeback.
That one run allowed by Lynn came on one monster of a home run by the Brewers’ Corey Hart in the bottom of the seventh inning which was the deciding factor until the final inning.
Lynn made one mistake in his 109 pitches thrown. Based off those numbers, one would imagine that the Cardinals cruised to a victory on Monday night – sadly no, but a win is a win.
The offense continued its streak of poor production to the tune of going 3-for-21 with runners on base. The team was 0-for-17 until Rafael Furcal reached on an infield single with two outs in the ninth inning when all of the magic happened.
If not for a single by Matt Holliday to score two runs to tie the game with the Cardinals being down to their final strike then it would have made for a deflating night at the ballpark, but the rest is history and it is all celebrations in the clubhouse.
But this problem needs to be fixed and immediately. This is a team built on power and average with the likes of Carlos Beltran, Lance Berkman and Matt Holliday and yet it is only 6-for-35 (.171) with runners in scoring position and has stranded 41 baserunners in the four games since the All-Star break.
The pitching has, for the most part, kept the opposition from scoring by allowing 14 runs in the four games. But the offense has not given the pitchers much room for error considering they have plated only ten runs.
Maybe trading a position player could wake up this struggling offense?