cardinals tagged posts

Brewers Complete Sweep, Beat Pirates 4-3

The Milwaukee Brewers completed a pivotal three game series sweep this afternoon at Miller Park, beating the Pittsburgh Pirates by a 4-3 score.

With the victory, the Brewers hold a commanding four game lead for the final Wild Card spot over the Chicago Cubs and are just three games back of the St. Louis Cardinals in the N.L. Central.

Meanwhile, the Pirates are 26 games under .500, have lost nine of their last ten games, and hold the second worst record in the National League.

Trevor Williams fell to 7-8 on the season, giving up two runs on three hits in five innings.  A solo homerun by Orlando Arcia in the second gave the Brewers a 1-0 lead, and a homerun by Eric Thames in the fourth and then a two run bomb in the sixth, his 22nd and 23rd of the season, made it 4-0.

The Pirates tried to r...

Read More

Pirates Blanked By Cardinals In Finale

Today marked the final time in 2019 that the Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals would play.  St. Louis dominated the season series, so it was fitting that they would pull a 2-0 pitchers duel win to close out the series.  James Marvel made his Major League debut for Pittsburgh today and gave fans a glimmer of what we hope is a solid career in a Pirates uniform.

Marvel worked five innings and allowed two runs on four hits to go with two walks and two strikeouts.  The first of those two runs came in the fifth inning when Harrison Bader hit an RBI single to shallow left center to bring home Matt Carpenter.  The final run of the day occurred in the sixth on a Paul Goldschmidt double to right center that plated Kolten Wong.

The Buccos would use four pitchers out of the bullpen to cov...

Read More

Ozuna, Wainwright Lead Cardinals To Easy Victory

Adam Wainwright dominated the Pittsburgh Pirates on the mound last night, as the St. Louis Cardinals hit Steven Brault and the Bucs’ bullpen hard in a 10-1 beatdown at PNC Park.

Wainwright gave up one run on six hits in seven innings, while Brault fell to 4-4 on the season after giving up six runs (five earned) on six hits in 5.1 innings.

Dexter Fowler’s single and Marcell Ozuna’s three run homerun gave the Cards a 4-0 lead in the third inning.  The Pirates’ lone run came in the bottom of the inning, when Starling Marte singled home Kevin Newman.

But St. Louis added two runs in the sixth, two in the seventh, and two in the ninth to make this one a laugher.

Marte was the only Pirate to have a multi-hit game, while Newman, Bryan Reynolds, Adam Frazier, and Brault had the other hits.

Read More

Six Run Seventh Carry Pirates Over Cardinals

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...

Read More

Marlins Rally, Beat Bucs 10-7

Despite falling behind in the first inning, the Miami Marlins rallied to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates in the rubber match of their three game series by a 10-7 score at PNC Park on Thursday night.

The Pirates scored five runs in the first inning, taking control of the game from the onset.  But the Marlins battled back at the plate and limited the Bucs to just two runs the rest of the way.  The victory game the Marlins’ a series win on the road, while evening the season series Pirates.

A single by Neil Walker in the top of the first gave the Marlins a 1-0 lead, but the Pirates scored five runs in the bottom of the inning.  A homerun by Bryan Reynolds and a double by Pablo Reyes put them in front 3-1, and they were then aided by a throwing error by Isan Diaz which scored the other two run...

Read More

Do The Pirates Even Care About Winning?

I may be a little late to the party in regards to this question, considering how poorly the Pittsburgh Pirates have performed over the past month, but it begs to be asked after today’s humiliating 11-9 defeat and series sweep to the St. Louis Cardinals.  Pittsburgh held a four-run lead through six innings, and then the wheels fell off again.

The Pirates offense was clicking today with nine runs on thirteen hits.  Those numbers are good enough for any team in the Majors to earn a win.  Josh Bell looked to regain his power stroke with two two-run home runs, the first coming in the first inning with the second occurring in the fifth.  Bryan Reynolds scored a run in the third on a throwing error and Starling Marte came home on a ground out later that inning.

The bottom of the seventh is ...

Read More

Wainwright, Cardinals Beat Pirates 3-1

The Pittsburgh Pirates could not have started any better on Saturday night against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium.  Adam Wainwright gave up a first pitch homerun in the top of the first inning and was instantly behind in the ballgame.  That would be the only run the Bucs would score, as the Cardinals went on to beat their divisional foes by a 3-1 score.

Wainwright improved to 8-8 on the season, lowering his ERA to 4.35.  A shell of the dominant pitcher he used to be on the mound for the Cards, Wainwright is still effective, battling his way through six innings, giving up one run on six hits and two walks while striking out eight batters.

Joe Musgrove pitched well for the Bucs, giving up three runs on six hits in 5.1 innings...

Read More

Cardinals Score Four In Eighth, Defeat Pirates

The Pittsburgh Pirates began a six-game road trip tonight with the first of three against the St. Louis Cardinals.  These two teams are clearly headed in opposite directions at this point in the season with Pittsburgh trying to salvage theirs, while St. Louis looks to make a run at the division title.  A close game throughout would turn in the eighth, as the Cardinals picked up a 6-2 victory.

St. Louis struck first in the bottom of the first when Dexter Fowler scored from third on a double play ground out by Marcell Ozuna.  The Pirates tied the game in the second when Jose Osuna hit a sac fly to left to bring home Josh Bell.  The Buccos then took the lead in the top half of the fourth when Bell scored on another sac fly, this one hit by Colin Moran...

Read More

Brewers Complete Sweep, Beat Bucs 8-3

The Milwaukee Brewers have dominated the Pittsburgh Pirates this season, and that trend continued on Wednesday night, as they completed the series sweep of the Bucs with an 8-3 victory at PNC Park.

The Brewers are now 12-4 against the Pirates this season, as the Bucs’ post All Star break freefall continued with their eighth straight series loss.

Trevor Williams started for Pittsburgh, falling to 4-5 on the season after giving up six runs on eight hits in five innings of work.  Milwaukee used a total of five pitchers on the night, with Junior Guerra earning the win by pitching two scoreless innings.

The Brewers took control of the game immediately with two runs in the first inning on a two run homerun by Keston Hiura...

Read More

Cardinals Complete Sweep, Beat Bucs 6-3

It was another disappointing performance by the Pittsburgh Pirates this afternoon at PNC Park, as they lost by a 6-3 score to complete a four game series sweep at the hands of the St. Louis Cardinals.

With the loss, the Pirates wrapped up their home stand with an embarrassing 1-6 record, and have fallen to a season-worst 10 games under .500.

Joe Musgrove suffered the loss this afternoon, giving up six runs (five earned) on seven hits in five innings of work.  The bullpen didn’t give up a run in four innings of relief, but unfortunately, enough damage had already been done.

The Cardinals took an early lead on a Jose Martinez single and a sacrifice fly by Paul DeJong to make it 2-0 after the first inning.

After Pittsburgh got on the board with a sacrifice fly by Bryan Reynolds in the bott...

Read More