The Yankees looked awful at the plate and in the field, compiling only 5 hits against Lance Lynn who pitched his first career complete game.
The Cardinals began their scoring in the top of the third inning when first baseman Matt Adams hit a ground-rule double to score Matt Carpenter and give St. Louis a 1-0 lead. Matt Holiday would advance to third on Adam’s hit.
The next batter, Yadier Molina, was intentionally walked by Yankees’ pitcher David Phelps. This loaded the bases for Allen Craig, who would drive Holliday in when he hit a ground ball to Derek Jeter and Kelly Johnson didn’t handle his throw to first base properly. This made it 2-0 in favor of the Cardinals with the bases still loaded.
The Bombers fielding woes continued on the very next play.
Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta hit a grounder to Brian Roberts, who would allow the ball to roll under his glove and into right field. This allowed both Adams and Molina to score and extend St. Louis’ lead to 4-0.
Phelps would pitch 6 innings and allow 5 runs (only 3 earned). He was replaced in the 7th by Alfredo Aceves, who received a warm welcome from Holliday, as he slugged a solo home run to left-center field.
This made the game 6-0 Cardinals.
The only highlight for the Yankees came in the bottom of the firs inning, when Jacoby Ellsbury made a great running catch on Carpenter’s deep fly ball.
Lynn would take care of the rest, completely shutting the bombers down.
The Yankees will finish out their season series with the St. Louis Cardinals today and will then head back home to the Bronx where they will meet the Minnesota Twins on Friday. Yankees tickets will be in the neighborhood of $76 for that Friday night match-up, its current average according to RazorGator.