JUPITER, Fla. — Lance Lynn rebounded from a bad outing to strike out his final eight batters and 10 overall in four innings Thursday during the St. Louis Cardinals’ 11-0 win over the Atlanta Braves.
Lynn ended his stint by fanning Justin Upton, Evan Gattis and Chris Johnson.
"Today was a good day," Lynn said. "The ball felt good coming out of my hand. I was able to make pitches today."
Lynn had allowed five runs in 1 1/3 innings of relief against Miami in his previous appearance. On Thursday he allowed only one hit and walked none. He got a strikeout on every type of pitch other than his curveball.
"Everything was in the strike zone, and it was down for the most part, so that’s good," Lynn said.
The Cardinals said the Elias Sports Bureau determined Lynn is the only Cardinal to strike out 10 or more in spring training in the last 20 years. As Lynn headed to the clubhouse, the dozen or so Cardinals in the bullpen jumped up to congratulate and hug him.
Atlanta starter Freddy Garcia gave up four runs — three earned — and six hits in four innings.
Matt Holliday and Yadier Molina hit RBI doubles in the first, and Jhonny Peralta’s two-out double drove in Holliday in the third. Xavier Scruggs hit a three-run double in a seven-run sixth.
St. Louis pitcher Jaime Garcia (shoulder) returned from Birmingham, Ala., where he was receiving therapy. The Cardinals hoped Garcia would be the lone left-hander in their starting rotation but has not thrown a ball since experiencing soreness in his surgically repaired shoulder during the second week of spring training. Cardinals manager Mike Mathney did not give a timetable for Garcia’s activities.
St. Louis manager Mike Matheny joked he heard from "everybody in the commissioner’s office" about his comments regarding a close play at third on Tuesday that he felt should have been overturned by video review. Matheny said because the camera angles the replay official saw were different from the broadcast angles, he wanted to know whether what the team saw in the broadcast angles would have been clear and conclusive enough to overturn the call.
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"I wanted ‘inconclusive’ to kind of have some barriers," said Matheny, a proponent of replay review. "How much are they going to have to see?"
With outfield prospect Oscar Taveras sidelined by ankle and hamstring issues, Stephen Piscotty is making the most of his playing time.
The Cardinals’ outfielder was hitting .389 entering Thursday’s game and made a sliding catch on a line drive in right field to end the first inning.
"He’s squaring the ball up and doing a nice job in the outfield, too," Matheny said.