The St. Louis Cardinals offense came to the aid of pitcher Lance Lynn in a 7-5 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.
Apr 8, 2014; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday (7) hits a two-run double against the Cincinnati Reds during the sixth inning at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Reds 7-5. Image Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports
Lance Lynn have up 4 runs in the first two innings before the Cardinals gave him run support in the bottom of the second inning.
The magic in the second started with Yadier Molina‘s third home run of the season. According to Post-Dispatch writer Derrick Goold, “Molina did not hit his third HR of 2013 until May 27 in his 181st at-bat. His third HR of 2014 comes on April 8 in his 28th AB.”
With a three-hit day at the plate on Tuesday, Molina is now batting .281 on the season and inching closer to hitting .300 or more. He scored twice on the evening.
Third baseman Matt Carpenter scored twice and added an RBI with two outs when he knocked in Peter Bourjos. Carpenter is now hitting .321 on the season. Matt Adams, who had two-hit day, is hitting .367.
As Reds outfielder Billy Hamilton continues his struggles at the plate, Kolten Wong stole his second base of the season. Wong, who is hitting .280, had a bases-clearing triple in the four-run second inning. Wong drove in Lance Lynn and Carpenter.
Bourjos, who had a slow start to the season, notched a 3-for-4 day at the plate. The center fielder scored twice and added an RBI in the seventh when Molina scored from second.
In the sixth inning, Matt Holliday drove in Carpenter and Bourjos on a two-out double.
Allen Craig is struggling to begin the season. The right fielder is hitting .097 but the season is only just over a week old. He will start hitting and get back to his old self.
The Cards have a 5-3 record to start the season while the Reds are sitting on a 2-6 record.