August 8, 2015

Lynn gives up nothing as Cards blank Brewers

MILWAUKEE--Lance Lynn (9-6) struck out seven Brewers Friday in the St. Louis Cardinals series opener versus the Milwaukee Brewers on the way to a 6-0 shutout.

Lynn walked four, leaving Milwaukee little to work with during his six full innings of work. Carlos Villanueva tossed three complete frames in relief, earning his second save of the season, walking no one and striking out three.

Brewers' starter Tyler Cravy (0-3) suffered the loss, going five complete innings, but allowing eight hits and six runs, all earned, in the fifth inning, including a three-run home run off the bat of Cardinals' outfielder, Randall Grichuk.

Grichuk, hot for the long ball of late, blasted the three-run round tripper, his 14th homer of the season.

An onslaught of doubles by the Cardinals decimated Cravy's appearance, including Yadier Molina, Steven Piscotty, Brandon Moss, and two from Matt Carpenter.

Piscotty had the game-winning hit when doubled, trading places with Moss at second base after Moss had doubled to lead off the fifth.

The Cardinals continue the Milwaukee series today in Wisconsin, then wrap it up Sunday.

St. Louis is now 70-39, leading the N.L. Central by six games over Pittsburgh.

Milwaukee, 47-64, sits in the N.L. Central basement, a full 24 games out of first place.