It has been a nightmare season for Mitch Keller and the Pittsburgh Pirates. Friday night at Busch Stadium, however, was one of the few bright spots in the right hander’s 2021 season, as he and the Bucs held the St. Louis Cardinals in check on their way to a 4-0 victory.
Keller reminded us all why he was sought a thought after prospect and just how high his ceiling can be, giving up six hits and one walk in five innings on the mound. His mound opponent, Miles Mikolas, suffered the loss, giving up two runs on two hits and two walks in his five innings of work.
A single by Jacob Stallings in the fourth scored Colin Moran to put the Pirates in front, 1-0. A sacrifice fly by Gregory Polanco later in the inning scored Stallings to make it 2-0.
Polanco’s sacrifice fly in the sixth scored Bryan Reynolds to make it 3-0, and then the icing on top came in the top of the ninth when Yoshi Tsutsugo hammered a solo homerun to right center field.
This was a very satisfying, and honestly quite surprising, victory for this Pirates team. The Cardinals are battling for a wild card spot, while the Pirates have been losing games in droves. It’s always nice to play spoiler against a divisional opponent, and now the Bucs have put themselves in position to win this series on the road.
Dillon Peters and J.A. Happ will take the mound on Saturday for their respective clubs in the second game of this series at Busch Stadium.
Record vs. Cardinals: 4-9
Record vs. N.L. Central: 14-40
Record on the Road: 19-44
Overall Record: 43-79
Let’s Go Bucs!