The Cardinals were able to prevail on Monday night with a 10-6 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
What was meant to be a day to celebrate the life and career of Jackie Robinson turned sour with the news out of Boston. However, there was a baseball game that had to be played.
Lance Lynn took to the pitching rubber and the bats soon provided the offense as the Cardinals put up 7 runs in the second inning to take an 8-1 lead at the time.
The Cardinals offense in the second inning forced the Pirates to take starting pitcher Jason McDonald out of the ballgame.
In the third inning, the Cardinals put two more runs up on the board. Those would be the final runs scored for the Cardinals.
The Pirates slowly made their way back into the game after when they scored 3 runs in the bottom of the third and two runs in the 8th. The Cardinals offensive production was too much for the Bucs to overcome last night.
Marc Rzepczynski followed Kelly out of the bullpen but his outing was not a pleasant one. Scrabble allowed two runs on three hits in one inning of play.
In the top of the ninth inning, catcher Yadier Molina beat the throw from third base for an infield single. It speaks volume about just how much he has improved as a hitter since he came up to the major leagues.
Mitchell Boggs came in for the ninth inning. While it was not a save opportunity for the current Cardinals closer, Boggs allowed one hit, one walk, and struck out one batter. His ERA is now at 9.82 this season. His blown save against the Brewers on Sunday afternoon didn’t help his bloated ERA, which he will get down to a respectable number later this season.