The Lynning came at the start of the game for St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Lance Lynn as the Cards fell 8-0 to the San Francisco Giants.
Lance Lynn may have some use as an innings eater when it comes to pitching games but it does the team no favors when Lynn gives up run after run. After pitching a complete game shut out last week against the New York Yankees, Lynn gave up four runs in the first inning before being pulled after 3.1 innings.
In 3.1 innings pitched, the Indiana native gave up seven runs (four earned) on eight hits. Lynn walked four and struck out two batters. Lynn, who picked up his third loss of the season, now posts a 3.48 ERA after entering the game with a 3.20 ERA.
That being said, the first inning could have played out differently had Kolten Wong not made a fielding error.
If Mike Matheny had gone with the numbers, he should have skipped over Lynn in the rotation. Lynn has now allowed four or more runs in three starts against the Giants.
Offensively speaking, nothing much happened today as Tim Hudson limited the Cardinals to four hits. Matt Carpenter had two hits, including his 14th double of the season, to extend his hitting streak to fourteen games. Kolten Wong and Oscar Taveras also added one hit a piece.
Matt Holliday, who played in his 699th game as a Cardinal today, drew a walk in the fourth inning to reach base for the 28th consecutive time at home this season. This ties both Rogers Hornsby (1922) and Miller Huggins (1914) for the sixth longest streak in franchise history. Holliday is the active MLB leader and will close in on Albert Pujols‘ 31 games from 2009 shortly. Solly Hemus holds the franchise mark with 33 games.