8:15 PM ET, May 27, 2014
Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri
8:15 PM ET, May 27, 2014
Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri
Lynn needed exactly nine pitches to finish a five-hit shutout in his first career complete game, a 6-0 victory over the New York Yankees on Tuesday night.
"It was definitely one to remember," Lynn said. "To do it against the Yankees is exciting, especially if it's your first one as a professional."
Lynn made 72 starts over three-plus seasons in the minors without going the distance, blaming ultra-vigilant pitch counters that never allowed anyone not named Maddux or Wainwright to throw more than 100 a game.
He is the seventh pitcher in franchise history to win 40 games before making a 100th career appearance, and topped his previous best of eight innings while baffling Yankees hitters with a sinker combined with a breaking pitch that Matheny thought was the best he's seen this season.
`It's very hard to see pitchers we've never seen before," Yankees outfielder Alfonso Soriano said after going 0 for 4. "I know him, I played in the National League against him, but you have to give a lot of credit to him.
"The guy had command and that's why he threw nine innings."
Lynn struck out all four at-bats but the Cardinals had plenty of offense with homers by Allen Craig and Matt Holliday. Holliday and Matt Adams had three hits and an RBI apiece and Craig drove in two runs.
Holliday's third homer of the season ended a 24-game drought. He had 22 homers last year.
"You play this game long enough, you're going to have a period of time where things, you don't get what you want," Holliday said. "I don't want to look back on the past, it's all about what I'm doing now and the rest of the season."
The Cardinals have won 10 of 13, shaking off a 12-inning loss in the series' opener, and ended the Yankees' three-game road winning streak that matched their best of the year.
Manager Joe Girardi said fatigue was not a factor.
"This is baseball. I mean, this is what we train to do," Girardi said. "It's just part of the game. You have ups and downs."
David Phelps (1-2) pitched in his hometown for the first time and allowed three earned runs in six innings. Two infield errors contributed to two unearned runs in the Cardinals' breakout four-run third.
Derek Jeter of the Yankees got a standing ovation before each at-bat, just like in the opener. He was 0 for 3 with a walk.
Adams leads the National League with 22 multi-hit games, Holliday has reached safely in all 23 home games and Craig has a team-high 15 RBIs this month.
Lynn (6-2) struck out two and walked three, topping his previous best of eight innings on April 25, 2012, at Chicago against the Cubs. He retired the side in order three times and finished with 126 pitches and still feeling strong.
"Every time you go out, that's what you try to do, not give up any runs and finish it," Lynn said. "Today was the first time I was able to do that, so it took me way too long."
The Yankees were shut out for just the second time, going 0 for 9 with runners in scoring position and stranding two runners twice. Lynn was the first pitcher to go the distance and shut them out since Tampa Bay's Chris Archer on July 27, 2013.
The Cardinals batted around in the third with Adams' double the lone run-producing hit. Craig reached on a bases-loaded RBI groundout when first baseman Kelly Johnson gloved an offline throw from Jeter but then lost the ball attempting a sweeping tag, and two runs scored on Jhonny Peralta's grounder that scooted under second baseman Brian Roberts' glove.
Craig's fifth homer ticked off right fielder Alfonso Soriano's glove at the wall in the fifth. Holliday greeted reliever Alfredo Aceves with his third of the season leading off the seventh.
Adams stretched to full extension keeping his foot on the bag at first on Roberts' groundout to end the second. Rookie second baseman Kolten Wong made three nice plays, outrunning Ellsbury to first after fielding a grounder that Adams also chased, turning a smash by Yangervis Solarte into a double play ball in the fourth, and diving to snare Phelps' foul pop-up in the fifth.
|3rd||M Adams hit a ground rule double to deep center, M Carpenter scored, M Holliday to third.||0||1|
|3rd||A Craig safe at first on error by first baseman K Johnson, M Holliday scored, M Adams to third, Y Molina to second.||0||2|
|3rd||J Peralta grounded into fielder's choice to second, M Adams and Y Molina scored on error by second baseman B Roberts, A Craig safe at second on error by second baseman B Roberts.||0||4|
|5th||A Craig homered to right (362 feet).||0||5|
|7th||M Holliday homered to center (418 feet).||0||6|
|View complete Play-By-Play|
|Stadium||Busch Stadium, St. Louis, MO|
|Attendance||45,202 (102.8% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||82 degrees, partly cloudy|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Gabe Morales, First Base - Larry Vanover, Second Base - Angel Hernandez, Third Base - Adrian Johnson|
Lance Lynn is 3rd Cardinals pitcher to throw a shutout vs Yankees. The others: Jesse Haines in Game 3 of 1926 World Series and Ernie White in Game 3 of 1942 World Series.
No pitcher had thrown a shutout in interleague play against the Yankees since the 1997 season, when Dave Mlicki (Mets), Greg Maddux (Braves) and Mike Grace (Phillies) did so. The last Cardinals pitcher to shut out the Yankees in either the regular season or postseason was Ernie White, who threw a six-hitter against them in Game 3 of the 1942 World Series. The last Cardinals pitcher to throw a complete game against the Yankees is a more recognizable name- Hall-of-Famer Bob Gibson in the clinching Game 7 in the 1964 World Series. As the Elias Sports Bureau noted, Gibson beat a Missouri native in Mel Stottlemyre that day. Lynn beat one as well in Yankees starter David Phelps.
ESPN Stats & Information