June 13: Nationals (35-31) 0, Cardinals (35-32) 1
In a game dominated by pitching, Matt Adams’ second-inning home run was the difference in the St. Louis Cardinals’ 1-0 win against the Washington Nationals. Starters Jordan Zimmermann and Lance Lynn each dazzled in eight frames of work.
The offensive struggle in Missouri had a combined five hits and eight total bases. There were 16 strikeouts recorded by pitchers and just one run scored. Zimmermann’s one walk was the only free pass issued in the game, as well.
Lynn was on it from the very start as he entered the sixth frame with a perfect game intact. Meanwhile, the Cardinals got all the offense they needed against Zimmermann on one swing in the second. With two away in the inning, Adams connected on a 1-0 mistake changeup offering from the Nats’ righty for the 1-0 cushion. His fourth homer of the season was on a fly ball to center field.
With the two starters dealing, there was no real action after that until the sixth. Jose Lobaton got the first hit – and base-runner – of the game against Lynn. He singled to left field and advanced to second on an error by left fielder Matt Holliday. Lobaton was a critical runner, but was left stranded on the base paths after Zimmermann and Denard Span were retired in order to end the frame.
The Nationals couldn’t get anything going against closer Trevor Rosenthal in the ninth either, as their lone base-runner got on via an error by second baseman Kolten Wang. Washington ended up striking out for all three outs in the final frame. Rosenthal earned his 18th save and secured Lynn and the Cardinals the 1-0 victory.
Lynn finished the game with just two hits allowed in eight frames. He struck out eight and didn’t walk a batter. Meanwhile, Zimmermann had the one mistake pitch to Adams and a walk. He fanned five and coughed up only three hits in the tough loss.
Lynn improved to 7-4 on the year and lowered his ERA to 3.16. On the other hand, Zimmermann dropped his earned run average to 2.98 and suffered just his third defeat of the season. He needed just 76 pitches to get through his dominant eight frames.