The Pittsburgh Pirates played a doubleheader for the second time this week, and unfortunately, they were swept in both. On Friday night, after a narrow defeat in game one, the Bucs gave up a six run sixth inning as they fell to the St. Louis Cardinals 7-2.
Chad Kuhl fell to 1-3 on the season, giving up four runs (one earned) on five hits in five innings. Chris Stratton gave up three runs (none earned) on one hit in the disastrous sixth inning.
The Cardinals scored the game’s first run in the fourth inning on a RBI single by Paul DeJong. Bryan Reynolds’ two run homerun in the top of the fifth put the Bucs in front at 2-1.
Unfortunately, things fell apart for the Bucs in the sixth inning. A sacrifice fly by DeJong tied the game, and errors and the consequences of those miscues resulted in two runs scoring for St. Louis on ground balls from Tyler O’Neill and Matt Carpenter. Dylan Carlson’s three run homerun late in the inning broke the game wide open.
This was a tough day for the Pirates. They had faired very well against the Cardinals so far this season, but now they are 4-4 against their division rivals this year. They will meet back up again on Saturday.
Record vs. Cardinals: 4-4
Record vs. N.L. Central: 13-21
Record on the Road: 5-21
Overall Record: 15-36
Let’s Go Bucs!