Yikes, that win by the Cardinals today was something else. After starting to score in the second inning off of a Tony Cruz single, resulting in 2 runs, Lance Lynn helped his own cause by doubling Cruz in to make it 3-0. What? An extra base hit by a pitcher other than Wainwright? I know, crazy, right? First of Lynn’s career, too.
Lynn pitched well today, only giving up one run in 5 and 2/3, bringing his record to 4-0. He’s the first National League pitcher to get four wins this season. I have to make a statement here, and admit my wrongful attitude. At the beginning of the season, I believed that Lynn would be the one starting pitcher that was going to be tough on the Ws. He has proved me wrong, and now I have probably jinxed him. Sorry in advance, Lance, but hey, I did kind of apologize….
To get you through to the ninth, I’m just going to say there were a few more scoring plays, Jon Jay got thrown out trying to take third on a Holliday hit in the 7th, the Nationals scored another run in the 8th (the first being an Espinosa home run off Lynn in the 5th), nothing exciting for the Cardinal bats top of the ninth, then we ended up in the bottom of the ninth, and this is when things started to get interesting.
Bottom of the ninth, Trevor Rosenthal comes in for the save (coming in for Carlos Martinez). First National comes to the plate, fouls out to first. Second National comes up to the plate, walks. Runner on first. One out. Third National comes up, hits it off Rosenthal’s (if I remember correctly) pitching elbow; Rosenthal recovers and throws to second. Close close play at second, but the runner is safe. One out, runners on first and second. Score is 4-2 in favor of the Cardinals. Fourth National comes up to the plate. And then….Rosenthal balks. I stop everything I’m doing, grab the remote, sit down, and try not to think of Mitchell Boggs. One out, runners at second and third. Still the fourth National up at the plate. Ground ball to third, out at first, one run scores, and Jayson Werth comes to the plate. Score is now 4-3, and Jayson Werth, who is 1-4 against Rosenthal (that one being a home run), he has a chance for a walk off. Three pitches later, game’s over, Cardinal win in the bag.
Jeesh, always keeping us on our toes. Record now stands at 11-7. Thank you, Trevor, for not pulling a Boggs.
As always….go Cards!