The St. Louis Cardinals have owned the Pittsburgh Pirates in this young season. Tonight, the domination continued as they built a big lead and held on for a 8-5 victory.
The Cardinals took the lead in the first inning on an RBI double by Paul Goldschmidt, scoring Tommy Edman to make it 1-0. They broke it wide open in the second inning for five runs. A sacrifice fly by Jack Flaherty made it 2-0, followed by a two run single by Edman and an RBI single by Goldschmidt. Nolan Arenado singled home a run to make it 6-0.
Pittsburgh got on the board in the top of the fifth inning on a two run homerun by Gregory Polanco. St. Louis responded in the bottom of the inning with two more runs. A sac fly from Edman and a single from Dylan Carlson made it 8-2.
The Pirates cut lead in half with three runs in the top of the seventh inning. A groundout by Bryan Reynolds and a single by Polanco made it 8-4, and a single by newly acquired by Ildemaro Vargas cut the lead to 8-5. Unfortunately that is as close as the Bucs would get.
Five games into the season against their divisional foes, the Pirates still haven’t found a way to beat the Cardinals. They are now eight games under .500 and are in a bit of a tailspin. They will need to right this ship fast as they head south for the first of a four game series against the Atlanta Braves tomorrow night.
Record vs. Cardinals: 0-5
Record vs. N.L. Central: 7-16
Record on the Road: 9-14
Overall Record: 17-25
Let’s Go Bucs!