The Bottom Line: Matt Holliday provided all of the offense tonight, and Lance Lynn went six strong innings to start off the second half of the season the right way for the Cards. With a Brewers’ win as well, the Cardinals remain 1 game back in the Central race.
Holliday’s Heroics: The Cards were able to jump ahead early on Holliday’s RBI double in the first, bringing around Kolten Wong to score. Then later in the fifth, Holliday added some insurance with a bomb to dead center, again scoring Wong. Apparently, the four day break was good for the aging Holliday as his lately weak bat came to life tonight. Hopefully, we’ll be seeing more of this Holliday than first-half Holliday.
Pitching Staff: Tonight the Cardinals’ pitching was superb. Lance Lynn went 6 innings, only giving up two runs on six hits with nine strikeouts. If it weren’t for back-to-back doubles to lead off the seventh, Lynn might have gone further in this game, but it was a strong start nonetheless. The bullpen trio of Seth Maness, Pat Neshek, and Trevor Rosenthal then shut the door, only giving up one hit and one walk, both by Neshek. After his disastrous All-Star outing, Neshek turned in another great performance, working out of a jam to lower his ERA to 0.69.
What’s Next: Joe Kelly (1-1, 3.44) takes the mound against Zack Grienke (11-5, 2.73) tomorrow in a matchup that favors the Dodgers. The Cards will need a lot more than the one man show they had tonight against the Dodgers’ number two if they want to win tomorrow.