The Cardinals’ bats couldn’t overcome the four runs surrendered by starter Lance Lynn Saturday night, as the San Diego Padres took game two of the three game series 5-3.
Lynn (11-5, 4.13 ERA) lasted five innings and walked three in the loss, and struggled early on. He gave up all four runs in the first three innings, laboring through 68 pitches during that span.
Edinson Volquez (7-8, 5.73 ERA) got the win, and he too lasted five innings. He gave up three runs, two coming off a single from Allen Craig in the fourth inning to push his RBI total to 76. The other RBI came off the bat of newcomer Brock Peterson.
The 29-year-old and 11-year minor league veteran got his first call to the majors today, and pinch-hit in the fifth inning. Amidst a standing ovation from the crowd, he grounded out to the shortstop while David Freese was able to score.
The Padres scored an insurance run in the eighth inning off of Trevor Rosenthal. He and Lynn were two of six pitchers that were used in the loss. Kevin Siegrist, Seth Maness, Randy Choate, and Fernando Salas also pitched.
Tomorrow, Cardinals’ ace Adam Wainwright (12-5, 2.45 ERA) faces Eric Stults (8-7, 3.40 ERA) at 1:15 p.m.
Brock Peterson received a standing ovation in his major league debut in the fifth inning, and he did not disappoint.
The 29-year-old who spent 11 seasons in the minors had an RBI pinch-hit groundout to cut the Padres lead to 4-3. After a nine-pitch at-bat, he drove in David Freese, who had reached base via single.
Kevin Siegrist now comes in to pitch the sixth inning.
The Cardinals have cut their deficit in half thanks to Allen Craig.
Matt Carpenter started the fourth inning with a leadoff walk, and Jon Jay singled to make it runners on first and second with nobody out. After a fly out from Carlos Beltran, Craig was at the plate, and with the help of Padres’ starter Edinson Volquez, the All-Star was in another perfect RBI situation.
Volquez threw a wild pitch, advancing the runners to second and third. Craig took advantage of the opportunity. He singled up the middle, driving in both runners to make it a 4-2 game.
Lance Lynn is still in the game, having thrown 77 pitches through only four innings. His best inning was his last, retiring all three batters in the top of the fourth on nine pitches.
Now, on to the fifth inning at Busch.
And the Padres score again in the third inning (notice a reoccurring theme here?).
Following a single from Yonder Alonso, an infield single from Will Venable, and a walk to Alexi Amarista, Lance Lynn found himself in a bases loaded, two out situation.
With Nick Hundley at the dish, Lynn’s fifth pitch of the at-bat was wide to the left for Yadier Molina, going all the way to the backstop for a wild pitch. Alonso came around to score, the runners advanced, and the Padres led 3-0.
Hundley was still at the plate though, and he hit a slow grounder to David Freese. The third baseman made a tough throw to an outstretched Matt Adams, who could not keep his foot on the bag. One run scored on the play, making it a 4-0 game.
Through three innings, Lynn has thrown a whopping 68 pitches, and has walked three batters.
Joe Kelly is warming in the bullpen as we head to the bottom of the third.
The Padres have added another run in the second.
Alexi Amarista led off the inning with a single, and Nick Hundley joined him on the base paths with a walk. Both runners advanced to second and third on a sacrifice bunt from pitcher Edinson Volquez, and Everth Cabrera hit a sacrifice fly to center to score Amarista.
Lance Lynn has already thrown 42 pitches in the game—through only two innings.
2-0 heading into the bottom half of the second.
The Padres jumped on Lance Lynn in the first inning.
Following a single from Chase Headley and a walk to Carlos Quentin, Jedd Gyorko singled home Headley on a ball that was just out of the reach of a diving Matt Carpenter.
It's 1-0 here at Busch, heading into the second inning.
The Cardinals will look to beat up on the worst pitching team in the National League again tonight as they play the San Diego Padres for the second game of their three-game series.
But the lineup will be without one of its most consistent hitters.
The Cardinals placed left fielder Matt Holliday on the 15-day disabled list because of a right hamstring strain. The move is retroactive to July 12, the first game he sat out after aggravating his hamstring against the Cubs.
"We probably could have tried to push it, but if (Holliday) had gone backwards or aggravated it, I think we would have regretted the decision," GM John Mozeliak said. "I think it’s just smarter to do it this way, especially with the off-day Monday."
Without Holliday last night, the Cardinals jumped on the Padres for nine runs. It could be the same case tonight, depending on which Edinson Volquez shows up for the Padres.
Volquez (6-8, 5.74 ERA) is infamously inconsistent. In his most recent start against the Giants, he gave up eight runs on nine hits, and before that start he gave up four runs in a loss to the Rockies. Before that stretch though, Volquez made five straight starts where he gave up three runs or less.
Cardinals manager Mike Matheny made one alteration to Friday's lineup, replacing shortstop Pete Kozma (2 for 4, RBI last night) with lefthanded-swinging Daniel Descalso against Volquez.
His opposition on the mound is Lance Lynn (11-4, 4.00 ERA), who has also been inconsistent in his last three starts. Before the All-Star break against the Cubs, he only lasted 4.1 innings, giving up six runs on 11 hits. In one career start against the Padres, Lynn went six innings, giving up three runs on eight hits in the win.
With Holliday on the DL, the Cardinals called up outfielder Brock Peterson, a 29-year-old who is wearing a major league uniform for the first time in his 11-year minor league career. He was hitting .306 with 22 home runs and 66 RBIs for Class AAA Memphis.
Here are the lineups for tonight’s game…
- Carpenter, 2B
- Jay, CF
- Beltran, RF
- Craig, LF
- Molina, C
- Adams, 1B
- Freese, 3B
- Descalso, SS
- Lynn, P
- Cabrera, SS
- Headley, 3B
- Quentin, LF
- Alonso, 1B
- Gyorko, 2B
- Venable, RF
- Amarista, CF
- Hundley, C
- Volquez, P