In the first game against former St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols, it was not pretty.
While Lance Lynn (10-3) took to the mound for the start, he was not at his All-Star form that fans have enjoyed from him for most of the season unless one removes the second inning from the record books. Lynn pitched 6 innings and allowed 9 hits, 5 runs, 1 walk, and 8 strikeouts. All of the damage came in the 2nd inning when the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim scored all 5 of their runs. After the second inning, Lynn only allowed 2 runners to reach base on a walk and a single.
The Cardinals had 9 hits for the night so it was not like the opportunity didn’t present itself to get on the board. The sole run came in the 4th inning when Allen Craig scored on a David Freese ground out to third base.
Until the 8th inning, the Cards had runners in scoring position twice and failed to capitalize on the situation. In the 8th, they had bases loaded with Matt Adams stepping in to bat. Facing Scott Downs, Adams struck out. Freese would go on to end the inning by grounding into a double play.