(BaseballStL) -- When things got tough for Lance Lynn, it would often unravel on him for big innings with lopsided numbers.
It was different for Lynn in Game 4.
Lynn got out of a bases loaded jam in the first inning when the opposing starter Ricky Nolasco was up with two outs.
In what was a two-run fourth inning, Lynn avoided more trouble when he got Skip Schumaker to ground into a double play with runners on first and second to end the inning.
“Puig was able to get one up the middle, then after that Ellis put a pretty good swing on the ball, and I was able to get Skip there rolling into a double-play,” Lynn said. “That was big, especially that it was just one out and first and third right there.”
The fourth inning didn’t come without a little controversy as Lynn threw a fastball tight on Yasiel Puig, who hit a RBI single in the at-bat, with runners on first and second base. Lynn was quick squash any purpose to the inside pitch on the exuberant Dodgers right fielder.
“When you have nobody out and runners on first and second, you're definitely not trying to hit anyone or throw the ball up and in to give a situation to load the bases,” Lynn said. “So there was definitely no intent there.”
One inning later in the fifth, he worked around a leadoff single by Carl Crawford with the 2-3-4 hitters up to keep the runner on first.
He was also bailed out in the sixth inning after he gave up a one-out single to Yasiel Puig. Seth Maness came in relief and induced a double play to end the inning and keep the Cardinals ahead by a run.
Lynn’s final line read: 5 1/3 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 SO
Cardinals manager Mike Matheny called Lynn’s Game 4 performance ‘gutsy.’
“I thought he even got better as he went,” Matheny said. “I'd say a real gutsy performance with a lot of heart. He got himself in trouble a couple times, wasn't afraid to make tough pitches in tough situations and put people in scoring position to get to a spot that he wanted to be. Then he made the pitches he had to. He had a good rhythm going, and he used his defense effectively.”