By: Jim Tsapelas
St Louis veteran right-hander John Lackey (13-9) recorded his twenty-fifth Quality Start of 2015 in Tuesday night’s win against the Cincinnati Reds. Lackey threw seven innings, allowed nine hits, one earned run, struck out seven, and allowed a first inning home run to the Reds’ Jay Bruce. It was Bruce’s twenty-fifth home run of the season.
Lackey’s twenty-five Quality Starts certainly are not reflected in his won-loss record this season. Lackey like most of the Cardinals’ starting rotation has been involved in multiple low-scoring games. As the Cardinals look to the post-season, Lackey should receive consideration as being the number one starter in the playoff rotation.
The Cardinals lit-up the score board in the top of the third, when Matt Carpenter scored on Tommy Pham’s seventh double of the year. The score stayed knotted at one until the bottom of the seventh, when Tony Cruz scored on a sacrifice fly by Pham. The Redbirds added an insurance run in the eighth, when a sacrifice fly by Kolton Wong scored Jhonny Peratla. In my opinion Pham has earned a spot on the post-season roster.
Cincinnati’s starter Keyvius Sampson worked five and one-third innings, allowed four hits, one earned run, walked three, and struck out one. Taking the loss was Jefferson City, Missouri, native Sam LeCure (0-2).
The submarine throwing right-hander Steve Cishek earned his fourth save of the year; his first as a Cardinal.
On Tuesday, The Chicago Cubs (89-62) won over the Milwaukee Brewers by the score of four to nothing; and remain six back of the NL Central Division leading St. Louis Cardinals. Cubs’ starter Jake Arrieta became the first twenty game winner of 2015. Meanwhile, the Pittsburgh Pirates played the Colorado Rockies, the Pirates (91-60) were victorious over the Rockies by a score of six to three; and are four games back of the Cardinals.
In a game being played in the Pacific Time Zone, the San Francisco Giants are meeting the San Diego Padres. With Tuesday night’s Pirates’ win, if the Giants should lose, the Pirates will have clinched a playoff berth.
In the third game of the three game set, on Wednesday, the Reds are sending Brandon Finnegan to the bump to meet the Cards’ Lance Lynn (11-10). Lynn is coming off one of his more difficult starts of the season in his last appearance.
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