With all the angst among Cardinals fans following Sunday’s game and the news Jaime Garcia and Michael Wacha were both going on the disabled list, safe to say we were hoping to see something positive from the team on Monday night as they faced the Colorado Rockies.
Another dominant outing from Lance Lynn combined with another tremendous performance at the plate from Matt Adams gave the Cardinals a 8-0 victory over the slumping Rockies. (They’ve now lost seven in a row and are 3-7 in their last 10 games.)
Just to remind us this is a game from the 2014 Cardinals, though, they scored those eight runs on just six hits. Five walks and two hit batters provided the additional base runners. Matt Carpenter, for example, scored two runs despite the fact he was 0 for two — he was walked twice and hit once.
The other Matts had successful nights as well — the change to move Holliday up to second and bat Adams third is starting to pay dividends. Holliday drove in the Cards first run with a third-inning double plus singled in the ninth. And all three Matts were involved when Adams singled in the third, as the other two scored.
Adams, of course, had the biggest night of all. In addition to that two-RBI single, Big Nickname had two homers — a solo blast in the fifth and a three-run bomb in the seventh with Lynn (who walked) and Carpenter (hit by pitch) on base. Three for five with two homers and six RBI. Just the kind of game we’re coming to expect from him, right? Lately, at least. Since returning from the disabled list on June 13, he’s only hit .342 with a double, a triple, five homers, 14 RBI and a ridiculous OPS of 1.157.
Oh, and he has two more games ahead at Coors Field.
Then there’s Lance Lynn.
This was his third start this season where he’s gone at least eight innings and not allowed a run (plus he has a seven inning scoreless start back in April). Last night he allowed just three hits, retired 16 straight at one point, struck out seven and walked none. He even smiled on the mound — although what else could you do after seeing Jon Jay make an incredible sliding catch in the bottom of the seventh? Lynn lowered his ERA to 2.90, a season low, and continues to impress lately (which must drive all those Lynn haters absolutely nuts — although now, of course, they’re just predicting another second-half slide).
Taking over for Lynn in the ninth were Randy Choate, who retired the first two he faced, and Jason Motte, who Mike Matheny said after the game that he brought in since he hadn’t pitched since last Wednesday. Motte faced Troy Tulowitzki and struck him out on six pitches, two of which were 98 mph. Nice to see that heat back again.
And nice to see a relatively simple win — those don’t seem to have happened all that much this season.
It was the Cards MLB-leading 15th shutout of the season.
The Cards and Rockies are back at it tonight, again starting at 7:40 p.m. Central Time. Shelby Miller and Jorge De La Rosa are the starters. Then, in the series finale on Wednesday, last year’s first-round draft pick and Colorado native Marco Gonzalez makes the jump from Double A Springfield to make his big league debut. A first-round pick making the jump from Double A for a start? Where have we seen that before?