The Pittsburgh Pirates will take the field on Sunday afternoon looking to avoid a series sweep against the St. Louis Cardinals. This after, for the second straight day, they fell behind early and couldn’t complete the comeback, falling to their N.L. Central division foes by a 5-4 score.
Jose Quintana started for Pittsburgh, giving up five runs (two earned) on seven hits in just 3.2 innings. He took the loss on the night (1-2), while the bullpen was forced into 5+ innings of work.
The Cardinals scored four runs in the second inning to take control of the game early. A Yadier Molina ground ball to third base allowed Juan Yepez to score the game’s first run. A single by Edmundo Sosa made it 2-0, followed later by a two run double by Paul Goldschmidt to increase the lead to 4-0.
Pittsburgh got on the board in the bottom of the second inning when Ben Gamel scored on a wild pitch. Later in the inning, Yoshi Tsutsugo doubled home Diego Castillo, and the Pirates were right back in the game at 4-2.
Tommy Edman singled home which would be the game-winning run in the fourth inning, scoring Corey Dickerson to make it a 5-2 lead for the Cardinals.
The Bucs scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth to make it 5-4. Bryan Reynolds hit an inside-the-park homerun (his fifth HR of the season), which also scored Ke’Bryan Hayes, to cut the lead to just a single run. Unfortunately, the Pirates couldn’t push the tying run across the plate, and the Cardinals hung on for the narrow victory.
Once again, the Pirates came up short against the Cardinals. They have now lost 4 of 5 to St. Louis so far this season, and they will look to avoid the series sweep on Sunday when they take the field at PNC Park. Steven Matz will take the mound for the Cardinals against Bryse Wilson for Pittsburgh.
Record vs. Cardinals: 1-4
Record vs. N.L. Central: 9-18
Record at Home: 9-12
Overall Record: 16-23
Let’s Go Bucs!