Players of the Game
- Lance Lynn: At a time when the Cardinal rotation is decimated by injury, Lynn was nearly flawless in eight innings of work, striking out seven, walking none, finishing with a stellar 25.9% K-BB% and a 1.34 FIP in the toughest park to pitch in (park factor of 115).
- Matt Adams: His nine total bases on the strength of two home runs made for a game-high 1.026 wOBA; had a hand in six of the team’s eight runs.
- Matt Holliday: Rapped two hits in five appearances, tallying three total bases, including the biggest hit of the game.
Plays of the Game
- Matt Holliday doubled, scoring Mark Ellis and sending Matt Carpenter to 3B (+.146): Holliday wasted little time reminding Rockies’ fans of their erstwhile left fielder’s power, nearly missing an opposite-field home run.
- Matt Adams singled, scoring Matt Carpenter and Matt Holliday (+.096): Though Adams would later blast two round trippers, it was his single through a drawn-in infield that accounted for his most impactful plate appearance, giving the Cardinals a 3-0 lead in the third.
- Jhonny Peralta doubled, scoring Jon Jay (+.069): After Jay walked to lead off the fourth, Peralta smelled blood and went up swinging, fouling off the first pitch before smashing a two-bagger to plate Jay.
- Another shutout by the team. In Colorado, no less. Against the Rockies (MLB-best .343 wOBA), no less.
- We note “team,” since although Lance Lynn pitched one of his most dominant games, he had help. Notably, Mark Ellis made a superb barehanded charging play in the second to retire the speedy Drew Stubbs.
- The Cardinals now have a major-league-leading 15 team shutouts. The Rangers are second with 13; the next teams have nine.
- We’re not sure what the Rockies were doing playing the infield in on Adams in the third. That’s less a shift than a death sentence. Happily no one was hurt when Adams singled.
- Adams’s nine total bases equalled the team high this season set by Allen Craig on 4/30.