Lance Lynn struggles, St. Louis Cardinals fall 6-4


Lance Lynn, one of the St. Louis Cardinals leading pitchers this season, did not have his best outing on Saturday night as the Cardinals fell 6-4 to the rival Chicago Cubs.
Jul 13, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; St. Louis Cardinals pitching coach Derek Lilliquist (27) meets with second baseman Daniel Descalso (33) and starting pitcher Lance Lynn (31) and second baseman Matt Carpenter (13)during the second inning against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Image Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Pitching at historic Wrigley Field, Lynn struggled to get through 5 innings. The Cardinals pulled him in the bottom of the 5th inning after one out. He finished the night with 74 pitches. In 4.1 innings, he allowed 11 hits, 6 runs, 1 walk, and struck out 2 batters. He allowed 2 home runs on the evening.\n
Keith Butler made his first appearance since July 3rd and finished out the 5th inning. He struck out 1 batter.

Carlos Martinez pitched the 6th and 7th innings. Over the course of 2 innings pitched, the rookie struck out 2 batters.

Randy Choate pitched 2/3 of the 8th inning, where he allowed 2 hits, 1 walk, and struck out 2 batters.

Seth Maness was the final Cardinal pitcher for the evening and pitched the final 1/3 of the 8th inning for the Cards.

The Cardinals offense struggled against Cubs starter Matt Garza. Garza limited the Cardinals offense to 10 hits, 2 runs, and 4 walks.

Matt Carpenter was able to add to his run tally in the 7th inning when he scored on Allen Craig‘s single. He will enter the final game before the break leading the National League with 72 runs scored. The 72 runs ties him with Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera for the overall Major League lead.

With Cubs closer Kevin Gregg on the mound in the 9th inning, the Cardinals were able to work some of that late-inning magic by scoring one run on a single from Jon Jay. With runners on first and third, Pete Kozma stepped in as a pinch-hitter for Maness. Kozma had been struggling in his last 30 at-bats and Saturday night at the plate was no difference. With the tying run at first base, Kozma grounded out to end the comeback and the game.