Fowler Homers Twice, Cards Sweep Pirates

Hey, why not make it three in a row?  After losing back to back games to the St. Louis Cardinals by a 2-1 score, the Pittsburgh Pirates took the field this afternoon at Busch Stadium looking to avoid the series sweep against their N.L. Central rivals.  Unfortunately, it was more of the same today, as the Cards were able to muster enough runs, thanks to Dexter Fowler, on their way to yet another 2-1 win.

This afternoon’s game featured another enticing matchup.  Gerrit Cole took the mound for Pittsburgh against Michael Wacha for St. Louis.  Both of these pitchers are familiar with the opposing offenses, making it a very interesting game to watch.  As expected the pitchers got the best of the hitters.  Cole gave up two runs on six hits in six innings, while Wacha allowed one run on four hits in 6.2 innings.

The Cardinals scored the game’s first run in the bottom of the third on a solo homerun by Fowler, his first of the day.  The Pirates answered right back their next time at the plate in the top of the fourth.  Josh Bell crushed a solo homerun of his even things up, 1-1.

The game remained tied until the bottom of the fifth, Fowler’s next time up to bat.  The Cardinals’ center fielder hit his second homerun of the game to put his team back in front, 2-1.

Both teams had opportunities to score over the next few innings, including the sixth and seventh innings for the Pirates.  But as the trend had been during this series, neither team could come through with a big hit with runners on base, and so the score remained 2-1.

Pittsburgh loaded the bases in the eighth inning, thanks to some bad defense behind Cards’ reliever Kevin Siegrist.  Francisco Cervelli reached on a fielding error by Matt Carpenter, and Josh Harrison was safe at first after a fielding error by Greg Garcia.  After an Andrew McCutchen walk, the bases were loaded with two outs as Gregory Polanco walked to the plate.  But Siegrist got Polanco to ground out sharply to Carpenter to end the threat.

After a day off tomorrow, the Pirates will open up their second home stand of the 2017 season against the New York Yankees in a highly anticipated series at PNC Park.  First pitch on Friday is scheduled for 7:05pm.

Record vs. Cardinals: 0-3

Record vs. N.L. Central: 3-6

Record on the Road: 3-6

Overall Record: 6-9

 

And…

As Always…

Let’s Go Bucs!