Rapid Reaction: Cardinals 1, White Sox 0
Here’s a quick look at the St. Louis Cardinals’ 1-0 win over the Chicago White Sox at Busch Stadium on Wednesday.
How it happened: The White Sox couldn’t figure out Cardinals starting pitcher Lance Lynn. He allowed three hits and no runs in 7 1/3 innings. The White Sox’s best opportunity against Lynn came in the fifth inning when Alex Rios opened the inning with a triple. He would remain there as Lynn struck out the next two batters, intentionally walked a hitter and then struck out a final hitter. Lynn had 12 strikeouts, improved his record to 10-2 and lowered his ERA to 2.42. White Sox starter Jake Peavy was nearly as good. Peavy gave up four hits and one run in seven innings. His one major mistake came in the third inning when Carlos Beltran took him deep. Beltran had three hits on the night. The White Sox had an opportunity for a late rally, but Paul Konerko grounded in to a double play with runners on first and third.
What it means: The White Sox were shut out for just the second time since they began their upward swing during the past month. Wednesday’s loss didn’t hurt their lead on the Cleveland Indians in the American League Central. The Indians lost again Wednesday, and the White Sox kept a 1 ½-game advantage.
Outside the box: The White Sox had their seven-game road winning streak snapped with the loss. It was their longest streak since winning 12 in a row in 2000.
Play(s) of the game: Beltran robbed Alejandro De Aza of extra bases when he made a diving catch in the sixth inning, and White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez then took away a hit from Dave Freese when leaped and snatched a liner in the air during the bottom half of the inning.
Up next: The White Sox starter Gavin Floyd (4-6, 5.38) will look to improve on his recent struggles when he returns to the mound on Thursday. Jake Westbrook (4-6, 4.25) will start for the Cardinals in the series finale.