Lance Lynn dominated the Marlins in the Cardinals’ 3-2 win.

Lynn pitched extremely well. He allowed only five hits, no runs, and three walks while striking out six. Lynn stayed on the mound until the end of the seventh. He earned the win and a “quality start.”

Overall, there is a lot to like about the Cardinals’ performance tonight. First, Yadi and Tavaras each nailed¬†doubles in a three run sixth inning earning an RBI a piece. Matt Carpenter scored on a wild pitch as well.

The Cardinals also won psypchological victory over a very frustrated Marlins team. When Tavaras launched his double, only a breeze away from a homerun, it bounced out of Giancarlo Stanton’s reach and went into the stands. Stanton, flustered, smashed his hand into the wall after the play was over.

After the sixth, the Cardinals were up 3-0. Trevor Rosenthal, who has been dominant all season, gave up two runs in the ninth. The latter run came off of a bases loaded walk. Still, Rosenthal kept his composure and earned the save on a double play to shortstop. The Marlins have to be crushed after such a heartbreaking loss to open the three game series.

Fireworks were extra loud tonight in honor of both the Cardinal victory and Independence Day. Tomorrow, the first 25,000 fans at Busch Stadium will receive America-themed replica jerseys. Game time is 1:15 in St. Louis.

Giancarlo Stanton, unhappy with Marlins' performance, smacks wall with hand
Giancarlo Stanton, unhappy with Marlins’ performance, smacks wall with hand