After a disappointing finale to their home stand against the Chicago Cubs, the Pittsburgh Pirates hit the road to continue their month long battle against N.L. Central division foes. The St. Louis Cardinals still have an outside change at making the postseason, and they played like a team hungry for the playoffs, beating the Pirates 4-1 at Bush Stadium.
Trevor Williams started for Pittsburgh tonight and never really settled in. He struggled with his control, and in addition to walks, he was hit hard on balls he left over the plate. He gave up four runs on four hits and four walks in 4.2 innings. His mound opponent, Luke Weaver, pitched a great game, giving up seven hits and struck out seven batters in 5.2 innings.
The Cardinals took the lead in the bottom of the third on a RBI groundout by Weaver, scoring Greg Garcia. A groundout by Randal Grichuk in the fourth scored Tommy Pham to make it 2-0, and a two run single by Jose Martinez in the fifth made it a commanding 4-0 lead. A pinch hit single by Adam Frazier served as the only offense for the Bucs, but the run was too little, too late.
The Pirates offense was held in check tonight. They were able to put some hits together, but other than Frazier’s single in the seventh, they couldn’t cash in on any scoring opportunities. Williams struggled with his control tonight, and the Cardinals took advantage of it. When your starting pitcher isn’t at his best and your offense has trouble scoring, it’s going to be awfully difficult to win…and that’s exactly what happened tonight.
The Pirates will look to even the series tomorrow night at Busch Stadium. Chad Kuhl will take the mound for Pittsburgh against Carlos Martinez for St. Louis. First pitch is scheduled for 7:15pm.
Record vs. Cardinals: 6-8
Record vs. N.L. Central: 29-33
Record on the Road: 28-41
Overall Record: 67-75
Let’s Go Bucs!