The Pittsburgh Pirates returned to PNC Park tonight coming off an ugly 2-5 road trip. Awaiting their return were the St. Louis Cardinals. Pittsburgh and St. Louis have played each other back and forth all year and both teams are still in the mix for a division crown. The Cardinals would overcome a four-run deficit to take game one of the four game series by the final of 11-7.
Jameson Taillon made the start for the Pirates and only made it through five innings. He would allow four runs on seven hits with seven strikeouts and three walks. Taillon sure hasn’t looked much like the dominant pitcher he was at the beginning of the season and fatigue may be playing a part in that. The Buccos would hold a one run lead when he left the game.
St. Louis would send Adam Wainwright to the bump tonight and he lasted only three innings. Pittsburgh got to him early when Josh Harrison hit a two-run homer in the first inning. In the third inning Josh Bell, David Freese, and Adam Frazier would each collect RBI singles for a four-run lead. It would be all Cardinals after that.
After a lengthy rain delay, a hiccup by the Pirates bullpen would cost them once again. A.J. Schugel was solid during his inning of work striking out two and allowing one hit. The trade for Joaquin Benoit continued to confuse people after he allowed three runs on three hits during his .1 inning of work. Daniel Hudson entered the game to clean up that mess and pitched a scoreless eighth. Wade LeBlanc entered in the ninth and gave up a home run to first batter he faced. He would then give up three more runs before the inning was over.
I said earlier in the week that this season is over for the Buccos and tonight confirmed that even more. Luckily, we have Little League baseball to watch this week and football is right around the corner. Of course, we are still going to watch Pittsburgh as they take on St. Louis once again tomorrow night. Trevor Williams, who started the game that began this losing streak, will look to pick up a win against Cardinals starter Carlos Martinez. First pitch is 7:05pm.
Record vs. Cardinals: 4-6
Record vs. N.L. Central: 21-24
Record at Home: 32-27
Overall Record: 58-63
Let’s Go Bucs!