After a sloppy game on Friday, the Pittsburgh Pirates took the field tonight at PNC Park looking to even the score against the St. Louis Cardinals. Unfortunately, the Bucs fell behind early and the Cards broke it up late, falling to their division rivals by a 12-5 score.
Trevor Cahill started for Pittsburgh and didn’t fair well against the Cardinals’ lineup. The Bucs’ right hander gave up five runs on seven hits with three walks in 5.1 innings of work. St. Louis starter Jack Flaherty lasted six innings on the bump, surrendering three runs on six hits with two walks and nine strikeouts.
The Cardinals got out to a hot start, tagging Cahill for four runs in the first inning. A single by Paul Goldschmidt made it 1-0, and a three run homerun by Paul DeJong made it 4-0 before the Pirates even came to bat.
Pittsburgh scored its first run in the bottom of the second on a sacrifice fly by Ka’ai Tom, which scored Colin Moran from third base. St. Louis brought it back to a four run game with a RBI single in the third inning by Tyler O’Neill.
Singles by Moran and Gregory Polanco scored the second and third runs of the game for Pittsburgh, cutting the lead to 5-3. Nolan Arenado’s two run double in the seventh made it 7-3, but the Bucs scored answered with two runs of their own. Bryan Reynolds’ doubled home a run, and Moran singled home another run, make it 7-5 after seven innings.
The Cardinals added a pair of insurance runs in the top of the ninth that, as it turns out, they didn’t need. A triple by Arenado scored a run and a single by O’Neill made it 9-5. They added on a few more runs which put the game well out of reach. The Bucs went peacefully in the bottom of the inning to close out the game.
With tonight’s loss, the Pirates are now in danger of being swept by the Cardinals. They have held their own against the Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers thus far, but they were swept earlier in the season by the Cincinnati Reds, and they have lost the first two games against the Cardinals this year. They need to salvage a game in this series and get back on the winning track before hitting the road again next week.
Record vs. Cardinals: 0-2
Record vs. N.L. Central: 5-9
Record at Home: 5-6
Overall Record: 12-14
Let’s Go Bucs!