Lance Lynn, St. Louis Cardinals rout Atlanta Braves in 11-0 win
It was Lynnsanity this afternoon as Lance Lynn and the St. Louis Cardinals took care of the Atlanta Braves in an 11-0 win in Jupiter.
Mar 13, 2014; Jupiter, FL, USA; St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Lance Lynn (31) delivers a pitch against the Atlanta Braves at Roger Dean Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Braves 11-0. Image Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports
In four innings this afternoon, Lynn was amazing. He struck out 10 batters. According to Elias Sports, there had been no Cardinals pitcher over the last 20 years to do so during Spring Training. The last pitcher to strike out ten or more during spring training was Trevor Cahill on March 28, 2013.
Lynn had the type of performance that reminds fans as to why he should be one of the five starters in the Cardinals rotation. The question is: Can Lance Lynn keep doing it all year long? The honest answer? I don’t know. Lynn has had two seasons in a row in which he started out strong during the first half before falling apart in the second half. If Lynn can have a strong year all season long, it would bode well for the Cardinals.
Stephen Piscotty had a web gem with a diving catch to rob Evan Gattis of a base hit. Piscotty was one of the 7 Cardinals to score in the 6th inning.
Matt Holliday and Yadier Molina got the Cardinals off to a 2-0 start in the bottom of the first. By the end of the fourth inning, the Cardinals held a 4-0 advantage, thanks to Mark Ellis scoring on a wild pitch and Jhonny Peralta driving in Holliday.
The 7-run sixth was highlighted by Xavier Scruggs 3-run double that drove in Scott Moore, Randal Grichuck, and Shane Robinson.
After the game, the Cardinals announced some roster moves. Pitcher Eric Fornataro, catcher Audry Perez and outfielder Oscar Taveras were all optioned down to Memphis (AAA). This leaves the Cardinals with 34 roster players and 12 non-roster invitees remaining in the big league camp.