After a 5-0 home stand, the Pittsburgh Pirates hit the road for a crucial N.L. Central series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals are in the heat of the wild card playoff race, and the Bucs would look nothing more than to play spoiler against their division rivals.
As has been the case many times over the years, tonight’s game between the Pirates and Cardinals went back and forth, but the Cardinals used a clutch three run homerun to edge the Bucs by an 8-7 score.
Trevor Williams and Adam Wainwright opposed one another on the mound tonight, and each battled his way through five innings of work. Williams gave up four runs on six hits with six strikeouts, while Wainwright struck out three while giving up four runs on seven hits. It was a bullpen game from there on out, and the Pirates outlasted the Cardinals during the late innings on the mound.
The Pirates scored the game’s first run in the top of the second on a solo homerun by Colin Moran. They added three more runs in the third on a two run homerun by Starling Marte and a RBI single by Corey Dickerson. They led 4-0 after three innings, and it looked like it could be an easy night for Williams and the Bucs.
The Cardinals battled back into the game with a four run fourth inning. A RBI single by Marcell Ozuna got them on the board, and a Paul DeJong double scored two runs to make it 4-3. A sacrifice fly by Harrison Bader tied the game for St. Louis.
Pittsburgh took the lead back in the sixth inning with a pair of runs. A solo homerun by Josh Harrison broke the tie, and a RBI single by Adam Frazier later in the inning made it 6-4. A huge three run homerun by Matt Adams in the bottom of the eighth and added another run later to make it an 8-6 game in favor of the Cardinals.
A double by Josh Bell with two outs scored a run to make it 8-7, but Francisco Cervelli grounded out to end the game.
This was a tough game to lose for the Pirates. Bush Stadium is always a difficult place to play, and the Cardinals are doing everything they can to come away with a victory as they are in the heat of a playoff race. The Pirates had their opportunities to put this game away, but unfortunately, their bullpen struggled for the first time in a long time.
The Pirates and Cardinals will meet back up in the second game of this series tomorrow night.
Record vs. Cardinals: 7-10
Record vs. N.L. Central: 35-26
Record on the Road: 31-38
Overall Record: 71-72
Let’s Go Bucs!