The Bottom Line: Despite a quality start by Lance Lynn, the Cards offense only mustered five hits against Alex Cobb (6-6, 3.77 ERA) and the Rays in a 3-0 defeat tonight at Busch. Lynn (11-7, 3.05 ERA) only allowed one earned run in 6.1 innings of work, but it wasn’t enough as the Cards offense wasted another solid performance from Lynn. The win gave the Rays a two-game sweep at Busch, where they outscored the Cards 9-2 en route to earning their sixth and seventh straight wins.
Stagnant Offense: Without a doubt, it was a frustrating day for many Cards players, not to mention the 40,000-plus fans in attendance. The Cards struck out a whopping 15 times as a team, and not a single Cards hitter had a multi-hit game. In particular, Kolten Wong and Matt Holliday both struggled immensely at the plate as they struck out three times each.
What’s Next: After a day off tomorrow, the Cards (54-47) begin a three-game series against the cellar-dwelling Cubs (41-58) at Wrigley Field. Joe Kelly (2-1, 2.84 ERA) is set to make his third start since coming of the disabled list against Travis Wood (7-9, 5.12 ERA) as the Cards will look to snap a three-game losing streak.