The Bottom Line: On Star Wars Night, the Cards used the force from a multitude of hitters to notch a 5-2 win over the Pirates tonight. Matt Adams continued his torrid stretch with a two-run double in the first inning to jumpstart the Cards’ offense and Kolten Wong homered again to help the offense tally five runs for the second night in a row. On the mound, Lance Lynn performed just well enough to join Adam Wainwright as the only Cardinals pitchers with 10 or more wins this season. To secure the team’s third straight victory, Trevor Rosenthal recorded his 27th save with a scoreless ninth inning.
Holliday and offense heating up: Matt Holliday, who is in the midst of his worst offensive season of his career, showed signs of his former self tonight. Holliday batted 2 for 3, drove in a run, and earned two walks in what was one of his best offensive showings in awhile. Furthermore, Kolten Wong followed last night’s walk-off homer with an encore performance by hitting a solo homer in the seventh inning. Pirates starter Brandon Cumpton was recently called up from the minors to make this start, and he was no match against the Cardinals’ offensive machine, as he was chased from the game after just 3.1 innings. In total, the Cards offense pounded 14 hits and took five walks in a game that could have been much more of a blowout.
Lynn: Although he was not spectacular tonight, Lynn was solid enough to earn his 10th win of the season. In 6.2 innings pitched, Lynn allowed six hits and two earned runs, including a solo homer to Neil Walker, as he went well over the 100 pitch mark. After a dismal start against the Dodgers, Lynn has responded nicely with two wins on the mound.
What’s Next: Shelby Miller (7-7, 4.15 ERA) and the Cards battle Edinson Volquez (7-6, 3.88 ERA) and the Pirates in the series finale tomorrow night in what looks to be another moderately high-scoring affair. The Cards will be looking to garner a four-game sweep of Pittsburgh before heading to Milwaukee for the final series until the All-Star break.