by Zane Heiple
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Tough losses have been a theme for the Pittsburgh Pirates throughout the 2011 season. Tonight’s game can be added to that list. James McDonald was on the hill for Pittsburgh tonight and other than a rough third inning that saw the St. Louis Cardinals score three runs, he was effective over the course of the six innings that he pitched. He would strike out five batters, walk three, while giving up five hits.
After St. Louis countered with three runs of their own in the second, the Buccos would regain the lead in the fourth inning when Tabata hit a double to right field that brought home Ronny Cedeno. This would be the final run Pittsburgh scored on the night and the fate of the game would rest on the bullpen beginning in the seventh inning.
Pittsburgh will get a third shot at the Cardinals tomorrow afternoon at 4:11pm on FOX. Jeff Karstens will take on Chris Carpenter. This will be an important game for the Pirates if they hope to earn a split with St. Louis.
Record vs. N.L. Central: 30-30
Record on the Road: 30-33
Overall Record: 61-70
Let’s Go Bucs!!!