The Cardinals levelled the three-game series with their 6-0 victory thanks to Lynn who threw his first complete game at MLB level.
Despite conceding just five hits over the first eight innings, Lynn had to ask permission to pitch the ninth from star man Adam Wainwright and manager Mike Matheny because according to Lynn “he [Wainwright] thinks I’m too good not have one.”
Lynn was given nine pitches in the ninth and if one batter made it to first base or beyond
he would have been pulled for a reliever. The 27-year-old clearly thrived under the
threat and got the final out in the shape of Brain Roberts who clipped one to Matt Holliday in the left field.
Lynn celebrated in front of a sell-out crowd at Busch Stadium and took the ball home with him as a memento of his feat.
Although Lynn threw a career-high 126 pitches the Cardinals often speak about how his robustness makes him standout in the bullpen.
The shutout gave Lynn his 40th career win which made him only the seventh player in the Cardinals history to reach that total in fewer than 100 appearances at MLB level.
The pitcher is one of the Cardinals hottest prospects at just 27, but he will continue to play second fiddle to Wainwright, who recently won National League co-player of the week along with Los Angeles Dodger Josh Beckett.
Lynn was supported strongly by the Cardinals offence who scored well off David Phelps. St Louis piled on the runs in the third with four. Phelps was hoping to celebrate his return to St Louis, the starting pitcher was born in the city, but his party was spoiled by Lynn’s dominance.
The Cardinals have now won 10 of their last 13 games in MLB and sit second in the National League Central division, just 1.5 games behind the Milwaukee Brewers.
The Yankees will hope to recover tonight in the series decider and they also sit second in their division (American League East), three games behind the Toronto Blue Jays.
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