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Game 77 Recap: Cardinals 8, Rockies 0

Players of the Game

  1. 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).
  2. 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.
  3. Matt Holliday: Rapped two hits in five appearances, tallying three total bases, including the biggest hit of the game.

Plays of the Game

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Notes

  • 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.

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