Following last night’s struggle to hit Johan Santana, I’m not convinced that it’s a great thing for the Cards to come back and face a knuckleballer, but here we go…
Top of the first inning
Pitching for the Mets, R.A. Dickey
Rafael Furcal: Raffy took one pitch for a strike and weakly ground the next one to Wright. One down. Cards come up swinging.
Daniel Descalso: Another first pitch strike from Dickey, another second pitch swing from the Cards. Nasty knuckler for the strikeout.
Matt Holliday: Foul ball on the first pitch, off the foot. Second one is fought off into right field, caught for the third out.
Well, the Cards are going to get their swings in (not that they shouldn’t), and Dickey was beating up the strike zone. Keep hackin’, boys.
Let’s see if Lance Lynn can keep his magic going…
Bottom of the first inning
Pitching for the Cardinals, Lance Lynn
Kirk Niewenhuis: Lynn starts out trying to run low for ball one. Close to the same spot for ball two. Fastball out on the corner for strike one, then climbs the ladder for strike two. Lynn reaches back for a little more and gets the strikeout on the inside half at 94mph.
Andres Torres: Torres takes strike one and then fouls off the second pitch trying to bunt his way on. Ball one slips inside and low. Ground ball to Matt Adams results in a fun game of which massive Cardinal youngster can get to the bag before Torres. Two down.
David Wright: Strike one on another fastball, then a breaking ball bends too far outside. Another breaking ball low. Wright barely lays off a fastball up and in, then misses a fastball swinging from his heels. Another home run swing produces a foul. Wright finally catches the high heat and deposits a ground rule double into right center.
Lucas Duda: Lynn can’t seem to catch corners to run to 3-0. Strike one gets some of the black on the outside corner, and I don’t know where “ball four” was if it wasn’t in the zone.
Daniel Murphy: With runners on first and second, Murphy slashes the first pitch into left field an Matt Holliday drifts back a few steps before making the catch.
Check out Subway Squawkers for the Mets perspective on the first inning.