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Grit Index: D-backs fall to Cardinals in series opener

St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Carpenter, right, scores past Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero on a single by Carlos Beltran in the fourth inning during a game Monday, June 3, 2013, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. (AP Photo/The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Chris Lee)

The Arizona Diamondbacks didn't have an answer for St. Louis Cardinals starter Lance Lynn.

Lynn has had a fantastic year so far for the Cardinals, and Monday night was no exception.

The 26-year-old tossed seven impressive innings, allowing just one run on five hits with only one walk and six strikeouts.

The Cardinals' right-hander notched his eighth win of the season, besting the D-backs 7-1 in the series opener at Busch Stadium.

The Good

Gerardo Parra was the catalyst for the D-backs' lone run of the night. Arizona's leadoff man hit a double to start the sixth inning, advanced to third on a Martin Prado flyout and then scored on a Paul Goldschmidt grounder.

Parra went 2-for-4 with a run scored, raising his average to .314.

The Bad

D-backs' starter Trevor Cahill (3-6) labored on the mound for Arizona. The right-hander allowed five runs and nine hits in just five innings of work against the Cardinals. He also walked three and didn't record a strikeout. This is the first game of the season in which Cahill has not had a single punchout.

The D-backs struggled to contain the Cardinals with runners in scoring position. St. Louis went 4-for-8 with RISP on Monday night.

Noted

The D-backs optioned pitcher Randall Delgado to Triple-A after the game. Delgado gave up two earned runs on four hits in two innings on Monday night.

Lynn became the third pitcher in the National League to reach eight wins. Arizona's Patrick Corbin leads the league with nine.

Prior to Monday's loss, Cahill had surrendered four earns runs or less in 29 straight starts.

Corbin was named the NL's Pitcher of the Month of May after going 5-0 with a sterling 1.53 ERA.

What's Next

The D-backs and Cardinals will play the second game of their three-game set on Tuesday, June 4 at Busch Stadium. Left-hander Tyler Skaggs (1-0, 0.00) will get the start for the D-backs. He will be opposed by Michael Wacha for the Cards. The game is scheduled to start at 5:15 p.m. local time and can be heard on Arizona Sports 620.

About the Author


School: Arizona State University

When you started with Bonneville Phoenix: December 2011, Intern Summer 2007
Favorite sports memory: Braves 1-0 win over the Indians in Game 6 to win 1995 World Series.

Favorite all-time athlete: Chipper Jones

Favorite sports movies: Slapshot and Field of Dreams

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