June 20, 2012

Half a pitching duel leads to half Tigers' score

Tuesday night's match-up between St. Louis's Lance Lynn and Detroit's Justin Verlander was billed as would would be a pitching duel.

But when only one fastball slinger shows up to a duel, it makes it kind of hard to win the whole darn match.

Such was the case in an almost-exciting, comeback loss for the Cards, dropping a 6-3 game in inter-league play to the Tigers.

Lynn used most of his ammo in the first two frames, about 50 pitches, and seemed fearful to challenging the Tigers' lineup with is fastball.

Verlander was awesome in his seven innings, and almost took an early exit when allowing the Cards to load up the pillows with two out. The Detroit ace got himself out of that jam, however, with a strikeout of Allen Craig.

Cards played it about as smart as a team could though, letting the opposing pitcher bury himself if willing. (Verlander was willing, to a point.) And indeed, the Cards had their chance.

The Redbirds were reminded they could mount a comeback, though, even when down a lot (five) in the later innings and with absolutely no wind driving their sails.

The Cards will try Detroit again Wednesday night in Michigan.