What can you say about a 9-0 drubbing in St. Louis?
Well, since it was by the Cubs, I’ll tell you what you can say: HELL YES.
Dexter Fowler led the game off with a solo homer to left, and the teams could have stopped playing right then. The Cubs made Lance Lynn work hard early, and, when a tight strike zone forced him more and more over the plate, the Cubs took advantage. The game was 8-0 Cubs before the third inning ended.
Meanwhile, how about Dan Haren? Despite a tight strike zone, Haren kept the ball down, walked only two, and kept the Cardinals off the board through seven innings. In a perverse way, you wish that outing came in a game when the Cubs didn’t score nine runs, but it’s not like anyone will complain. Great job today.
Carl Edwards, Jr. made his big league debut following Haren, walking the first guy he faced (nerves plus natural wildness), but then got a couple grounders to end the inning, the first being a double play. I believe he through his four-seamer, exclusively, which you can do when it’s 93/94 with natural cutting action (and when no one’s seen you before). He’s developing a change and has a killer curveball. Eventually he’ll use them.
Zac Rosscup notched three strikeouts in the 9th, and that was that.