The Bottom Line: The Cards rallied for three runs in the bottom of the seventh to take the lead from the Brewers and bring the Cards to 1.5 games back in the Central. John Lackey pitched just well enough in his Cardinals’ debut to earn the win.
Matt Adams: Where would the Cardinals be without their big first baseman? Adams went 2 for 2 and scored the tying run in the seventh. He kept the big inning going after Matt Holliday‘s solo homer and set up A.J. Pierzynski‘s big hit later in the inning. Adams owns the highest average on the team and is currently tied with Matt Holliday for second on the squad in home runs.
John Lackey: After struggling early in the game and giving up two runs in the first two innings, Lackey shut down the Brewers’ offense for the next five innings. With this game, Lackey has now only given up five earned runs over 21 innings in his last three starts. This addition looks to be a season-changer for the Cards.
Trevor Rosenthal: The Cardinals’ closer ended the Brewers’ rally in the top of the ninth with a pair of strikeouts with two runners on base. Rosenthal struck out Carlos Gomez to end the game.
Offense: The offense only managed six hits, five of which came in the 7th, in today’s game, but it was still enough to get the win. While this offense is not very good, they keep finding a way to get the job done and win games. Hopefully, the pitching can continue to be enough and this offense will keep scratching across runs.
What’s Next: The Cards have an off-day tomorrow before the BoSox come to Busch Stadium. Lance Lynn (11=8, 2.98 ERA) will start the first game of that series.