Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Lynn Is Late _ and Brewers Strike Early

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Lynn Is Late _ and Brewers Strike Early

Article excerpt

Amid the several twists and turns of Saturday night's 6-4 Milwaukee win over the Cardinals in 10 innings, one rather freakish play in the Milwaukee third inning well could have been the most significant moment of the game.

The Cardinals just had staked starter Lance Lynn to a 2-0 lead and Lynn had two outs and a runner at second with Norichika Aoki up. Aoki hit a hard grounder which glanced off the palm of the glove of first baseman Matt Adams, who had tried to backhand the ball. The ball ricocheted directly to second baseman Matt Carpenter, who prepared to throw to Lynn covering first, but sensed that Lynn, who had stopped briefly in his trek to the bag when he saw the ball go off Adams' glove, was not going to be there.

Carpenter did not throw to first, electing not to gamble on the ball getting away and then Jeff Bianchi scoring from second.

With the inning kept alive, Lynn allowed a two-run triple to Jean Segura, who had battled from behind in the count, and then a run- scoring single to Ryan Braun.

Three runs, when there could have been none.

Manager Mike Matheny said, "After the ball was deflected, obviously (Lynn) didn't get over there. That was something that really frustrated him because he knew it eventually cost him three runs by him not being over there.

"It was little bit out of the ordinary. He normally gets over there so I'm assuming that when it went off (Adams') glove he stopped and it took him a little while to get going again."

Lynn said, "If there wasn't a ricochet, I would have been there. Once I saw that, I shut it down for a second. And that's what cost me being late to the bag. It ended up costing me three runs."

Adams said he thought he had put himself in a bad position on the play.

"I should have been back a little and I was kind of caught in between," he said. "(Aoki) hit it hard and I tried to knock it down."

The burly first baseman didn't know if the Cardinals had a chance at an out or not after he couldn't corral the ball. "I just should have made the play," said Adams.

The night could have been an outstanding one for Adams but instead he came up empty, going nothing for four.

He lined out to first base in one at-bat, hit a hard ground ball up the middle which became a double play because of a Brewers shift and missed a towering three-run homer in the second he then struck out by just a few feet when his ball to deep right went foul. …

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