Lance Lynn, St. Louis Cardinals struggle in 5-3 loss


Lance Lynn did not have a good outing last night as the St. Louis Cardinals fell 5-3 to the visiting San Diego Padres.
Jul 13, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny (22) removes starting pitcher Lance Lynn (31) from the game during the fifth inning against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Image Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Lynn, who was not selected to appear in the 2013 All-Star Game for the National League, continued his struggles on the mound. Lynn, who is 11-5 this season, has gone 4-4 in his last 10 appearances dating back to a no-decision against the Kansas City Royals on May 29, 2013. In this same time span, Lynn has a 5.31 ERA with giving up 36 earned runs in 61 innings pitched. Is this starting to look like a repeat of his 2012 season? I don’t know.

Edinson Volquez limited the Cardinals to 4 hits during his 5 innings on the mound. Those would be the only hits that the Cardinals would see.

Allen Craig accounted for 2 Cardinals runs with his 2 RBI on the night. Brock Peterson, making his major league debut, pinch-hit for Lynn in the 5th inning. He grounded out but drove in David Freese for the third and final Cardinals run on the night.

With the pinch-hit, Peterson became the 10th player to make their MLB debut wearing a Cardinals uniform. Peterson was called up on Saturday when the Cardinals played Matt Holliday on the DL, retroactive to July 12th. The Pacific Coast League All-Star was hitting .306 (106-for-346) in 93 games for the Memphis Redbirds. He led the PCL with 22 home runs.

Once more, it will be up to staff ace Adam Wainwright (12-5, 2.45 ERA) to save the series for the Cardinals, who are only 2 games up on the Pittsburgh Pirates.