The Bottom Line: Lance Lynn (15-9, 2.68) pitched a phenomenal game as he went 8 innings, surrendering just one run on 5 hits. The Cards got on the board early with a bases-loaded walk from Matt Adams and a run scoring on a double play in the first inning. But this was all the Cards would score for the entire game. Lynn gave up a solo home run to Gerardo Parra in the fourth. Lynn was in line for his 16th victory until Trevor Rosenthal blew his sixth save opportunity as the Brewers put the game in extras with a sacrifice fly. The Brewers would bring across a run in the top of the 12th off Kevin Siegrist; it would go on to be the winning run.
Solidifying the Bullpen: The Cards have had excellent pitching over the last month. The starting pitching has been dominant and the bullpen has been good. But tonight’s game shows us how the Cards are vulnerable to losing tight games. The playoffs are typically filled with close games, often times only separated by one run. The Cards need to get in the mindset of playoff baseball. With the season coming to an end shortly, the Cards will be thrown into an environment where the bullpen is critical. Rosenthal has been a solid closer this year, but he needs to be sure to be in peak form by October. It is often said that defense wins championships. In baseball, so do bullpens.