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Monday News and Notes

Game Recap: The Cardinals dropped their second straight series in an 8-0 drubbing in the rubber match against the San Francisco Giants.  Only five days after Lance Lynn’s full game shutout, Lynn was pulled in the fourth inning after giving up a single to Buster Posey and walking Gregor Blanco with only one out.  In his 3 and 1/3 innings work, Lynn gave up 7 runs, 8 hits, and with 4 earned runs.  The Cardinals were never able to get on the scoreboard and only threatened starter Tim Hudson once in his seven innings of work when they were able to load the bases in the 3 before Oscar Taveras grounded out, ending the inning. Through the remaining seven innings the Redbirds only managed two base runners with a Jon Jay walk in the 4 and a Kolten Wong single in the 8.  This was the second game in a row in which the Cards managed only four hits.  The Redbird’s one error proved costly in the first inning when Wong was unable to field a sharply hit ball that could have been an inning-ending double play, but instead allowed Blanco to reach safely and loaded the bases which would go on to cost the Cards three more runs.  With the loss, the Giants took the series and the Card’s record dropped to 30-27, which puts them 4 games back in the Central behind the Brewers.

Cardinals' Pitcher Lance Lynn
Cardinals’ Pitcher Lance Lynn

 Rookie Taveras Playing Well Through Two Games:  So far the Cards promising prospect Oscar Taveras has looked good, snagging hits in his first two career starts.  In his second at-bat of his major league career, Taveras sent a hanging curveball into the right-field bullpen giving the Cardinals a 1-0 lead that would be enough to snag the win as the Giants were held scoreless on Saturday.  Yesterday Taveras went 1-4 with a single in the second making him 2-7 and batting .286 in his first two major league games.  Hopefully Taveras can keep his streak going and provide a much-needed spark to the Cardinal bats.

 I-70 Series Kicks Off Today:  Tonight the Cardinals will take on their home state rivals from Kansas City in a four game home-and-home series.  The first two games will be played here in St. Louis before the Birds take the drive across I-70 to finish the final two games of the series in KC.  Both pitchers look to bounce back from rough outings as Danny Duffy is pitching for KC after a giving up six runs in only four innings of work against the Astros last Wednesday.  Shelby Miller is bouncing back from his five innings against the Yankees when they drove in 7 runs.  The Royals come to town having lost six of their last eight games as the Cardinals try and keep that trend going.