St. Louis Cardinals
Kyle Lohse: A
Line: 7 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
As I wrote on the opening slide, it was really a matter of bad location on one pitch to Adam LaRoche which kept Lohse from seven innings of one-hit, shutout baseball. He continued to throw incredibly well Thursday, racking up five strikeouts against just one walk and the two hits. He gave his offense a chance to win this game late.
Mitchell Boggs: A-
Line: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 HBP, 1 K
Boggs came in and retired the first two batters on just four pitches. Then, after going 3-2 on No. 8 hitter Kurt Suzuki, he walked him to bring up pinch-hitter Chad Tracy. Boggs got a little wild with the runner on, but eventually got Tracy swinging to take a 1-1 tie to the ninth.
Lance Lynn: C+
Line: 1 Batter, 1 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K
Lynn gave up the walk-off solo home run to Jayson Werth in the bottom of the ninth to essentially lose the game, 2-1. That being said, it was a 12-pitch at-bat against a guy who had 13 career postseason home runs coming into the game. Lynn threw one bad pitch out of 12 and was burned for it, but most of the credit has to go to Werth in that at-bat.
Ross Detwiler: A
Line: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 2 K
He allowed four baserunners in six innings and only struck out two, but the one run that crossed the plate with Detwiler on the bump was unearned. Nobody had more pressure on him today than Detwiler, with his team against the wall and him replacing Strasburg. Good location and a good mix of off-speed pitches kept the dangerous Cardinals lineup guessing all day.
Jordan Zimmermann: A+
Line: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
Wow. Zimmermann made his first ever major-league appearance out of the bullpen in the seventh inning and set down Pete Kozma, Lohse and Jon Jay on strikeouts. And it wasn't even close. He absolutely blew them all away. Twelve pitches, nine strikes, three strikeouts—enough said.
Tyler Clippard: A
Line: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
Clippard came in to face the heart of the Cardinals' order in the eighth and struck out the side. Carlos Beltran, Matt Holliday and Yadier Molina were all victims, spread out around an Allen Craig walk.
Drew Storen: A-
Line: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
Storen looked a little bit more wild than his previous two counterparts, but that didn't prevent him from posting a solid inning. And yes, you are reading this correctly. Zimmermann, Clippard and Storen did get eight straight outs by fanning Cardinals batters in the seventh, eighth and ninth.