The St. Louis Cardinals scored all of their runs in the first three innings, including a seven-run, second inning as the Cardinals won 10-6, Monday night in Pittsburgh. Allen Craig drove in three runs, Jon Jay and Matt Holliday added two runs apiece to back Lance Lynn who improves to 2-0 on the year. Lynn is perfect so far despite allowing four runs in five innings and his ERA at a lofty 5.40.
Pittsburgh starter James McDonald was victimized for eight runs, only three earned, as he lasted just 1.2 innings. With the score knotted at 1-1 heading into the second, the Cardinals sent 11 batters to the plate. After a walk to David Freese, the Cards had two outs and runners on second and third after Lance Lynn grounded out following Pete Kozma’s ground rule double. That’s when things unraveled for McDonald and the defense behind him.
Jay doubled in two, Matt Carpenter walked and advanced to third on Clint Barmes’ error on Matt Holliday’s grounder. Craig and Yadier Molina doubled around a Carlos Beltran single, ending McDonald’s night.
The catch of the game comes from this Pirates fan (courtesy MLB.com) for flashing the leather…LOT OF IT…in the fourth inning.