Sir Lance Lynn has come up big. What would we do without him? This season has begun to look mediocre but his shining star has made for a great story. Lynn wouldn’t be a starter if Carpenter had not gone down with his injury. Now Lance is taking advantage of the abilities he has and is showing the major league brass he wants to remain a starter.
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He now has 10 wins with 2 losses and he reached a new high in strikeouts with 12 batters from the White Sox last night and dropped his ERA to 2.42 for the season. In his last 13 1/3 innings, Lynn has recorded 23 of 40 outs via strikeout. He has solidified himself as a member of the All Star team this year.
Carlos Beltran knocked another home run out with his 19th for the season and leads the National League in that category. He is likely to get voted in as a starter for the All Star team. Carlos almost didn’t play due to a stomach virus but convinced manager Mike Matheny that he was good enough to play.
- “Yesterday, I felt bad and I was able to play,” Beltran said. “Today, I was feeling the same way, or a little bit worse. I thank God that I was able to play and that I was able to have a good day.”
In other news Chris Carpenter threw 26 pitches from the mound to continue his progress to return to the Cardinals this season.He threw them at about 85% effort and all of them were fastball. Carpenter said:
- “It was just fun to get back up there and start moving in the right direction,” Carpenter said. “Hopefully we can continue to progress the way it’s been progressing and see what happens
Former manager Tony LaRussa will be at the helm of the National League All star team which bodes well for Yadier Molina. At this time Buster Posey is leading him in voting but it is not likely LaRussa will leave him off the squad.
In news around the Cardinal Affiliates we find the Springfield team turned a triple play in their action. Here is how the odd play transformed:
With runners on first and second, Ryan Mount hit a humpback liner over shortstop Greg Garcia’s head. The 22-year-old shortstop went back to make a sliding catch, then threw to second base to double up Jean Segura.
Second baseman Kolten Wong fired to first but threw wildly. Backing up the play, catcher Travis Tartamella retrieved the ball and nailed Renny Osuna at second.
DSL Cardinals 10 DSL Indians 4
Quad Cities 6 Kane County 5 10innings
Palm Beach 6 St Lucie 1
Springfield 1 Arkansas 6
Memphis 4 Nashville 5
This is the rubber game of a 3-game series and the White Sox own the best road record in baseball. The Cardinals, who have lost 12 of their last 19 games, hand the ball to Jake Westbrook to close it out.
Jake Westbrook (4-6, 4.25 ERA) vs. Gavin Floyd (4-6, 5.38 ERA)