CHICAGO, IL- MAY 7: Starting pitcher Lance Lynn #31 of the St. Louis Cardinals delivers during the first inning against the Chicago Cubs on May 7, 2013 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images) By Brian Kersey
(BaseballStL) -- St. Louis Cardinals starter Lance Lynn fell victim to the thing that plagued Chicago Cubs starter Travis Wood in his first six starts this season. That ‘thing’ would be little run support.
Lynn received only a solo home run from Allen Craig as support through seven innings pitched and surrendered a two-run home run to Nate Schierholtz in the fourth inning. The one run of support was different for Lynn, who entered the game with the National League-leading average of eight runs of support through his first six starts.
The Cardinals threatened to break open the game with a 1-0 lead, but failed to capitalize with two outs and runners on second and third in the third inning, bases loaded with two outs in the fourth, and with a runner on second base with two outs in the sixth inning. St. Louis entered Tuesday with a major league-leading .363 batting average with runners in scoring position and two outs.
Looking to improve his record to 6-0, Lynn allowed only the two earned runs, four hits and one walk while striking out eight in seven innings pitched. The two-run blast coupled with the anemic Cardinals offense resulted in the first loss of the season for Lynn.
Lynn’s bad luck looked familiar for Chicago’s Wood, who received only nine runs of support in his first six starts this season. The Cubs gave Wood only two runs of support in 6.2 innings pitched on Tuesday.