The Pittsburgh Pirates began a three-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals at PNC Park tonight. St. Louis is chasing a playoff spot, while Pittsburgh is trying to avoid the division cellar and put a damper on the Cardinals postseason hopes. Things did not look good for the Pirates through six innings, but a big seventh inning led them to an opening game victory.
Alex McRae made the start tonight for the Buccos and gave them five innings on the night. He would allow two runs on three hits with two walks and one strikeout. His counterpart Miles Mikolas would also go five innings and allow one run on three hits with seven strikeouts and four walks.
St. Louis got things started in the second on a Tommy Edman two run home run. Pittsburgh cut the lead in half during the third when Kevin Newman hit an RBI double to left center to plate Adam Frazier. Edman would connect on a solo homer in the seventh, which was followed by a Matt Carpenter RBI double before the inning was complete.
The Pirates mounted their comeback in the bottom half of the inning. It would begin when Josh Bell drove in two runs with a bloop single to right field. Melky Cabrera then hit an RBI single to shallow left center to tie the game at four. Bell would then come into score when Jose Osuna hit a single to center. The final two runs of the inning crossed the plate on a Frazier triple to right.
The Buccos would add two more runs in the eighth when Starling Marte hit a single to center. After collecting the final out of the top of the eighth, Felipe Vazquez would come back out in the ninth to record three more outs to finish off a 9-4 Pittsburgh victory. This was a great win for the Pirates, considering how poorly they performed in the series finale against the Miami Marlins on Thursday night.
Record vs. Cardinals: 5-12
Record vs. N.L. Central: 25-37
Record at Home: 31-39
Overall Record: 62-79
Let’s Go Bucs!