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Pirates Struggle At The Plate, Fall 9-1 to Cardinals

The Pirates struggled against the Cardinals pitching today. After losing a close game last night, the Pirates looked for revenge. Only able to score one run off a bases loaded walk in the 2nd inning, the Cardinals dominated the Bucs in every aspect.

Trevor Williams got the nod today for the Bucs. The Pirates had two solid performances from their starters so far this series. Although, they were unable to get a win so far.

Early Innings

Adam Wainwright kept the Pirates’ hitters quiet in the 1st inning. Like Jack Flaherty last night, Wainwright controlled the strike zone well. The Pirates’ patience at the plate played huge factor in the outcome.

With two outs in the bottom of the 1st, Williams gave up a home run to Paul Goldschmidt. The Pirates struggled with Goldschmidt last night, and he’s continuing to make them pay. Following the home run, Williams was able to end the inning on a high note.

Josh Bell led off the 2nd with a base hit to right. Colin Moran followed up with a base hit to right. Phillip Evans reached base after getting hit by a pitch. The bases were loaded for the Bucs with no one out. Wainwright came back with a strike out of Guillermo Heredia. John Ryan Murphy worked a walk to score Bell from third to tie the game 1-1. The Cardinals were able to limit the damage, giving up just one run.

Williams had a quick 2nd inning as he struck out two. The Cardinals batters couldn’t find an answer for his curveball or high fastball. The scored remained 1-1, as the Bucs look to apply more pressure to Wainwright in the 3rd inning. 

The Downfall

The Cardinals shut down Pittsburgh in the 3rd inning. And a few borderline calls by the home plate umpire also had a hand in the quick inning.

Tyler O’Neill was able to work a leadoff walk in the bottom half of the 3rd. Afterwards, Harrison Bader was then hit by a pitch with no one out. Kolten Wong popped out to short giving the Cardinals their first out of the inning. Tommy Edman grounded out to second advancing the runners to scoring position. Williams got the big final out on a Goldschmidt lineout to third. 

The Pirates managed to get out of the two-on, no-out jam keeping the score tied going into the 4th.

After another quick inning of work for Wainwright and the Cardinals. The Pirates weren’t able to get on base, although they were successful in getting Wainwright’s pitch count up. But unfortunately you can’t win on that alone. The Bucs have to find away to get on base and score a few runs before their bullpen enters. 

DeJong started the 4th with a base hit for the Cardinals. With one out, Yadier Molina hit a single to shallow right. The ball dropped in between three Pirates’ fielders, advancing DeJong to third. Dexter Fowler hit an RBI single to center, St. Louis now led 3-1. O’Neill continued with a one out single, scoring Molina and spreading the run gap. After a 10-pitch at-bat, Harrison Bader struck out.

Williams left the game when Pittsburgh called upon Christ Stratton to finish the inning. The Pirates’ starter pitched 3.2 innings, with three earned runs, five hits and three strikeouts. Stratton did his job as Wong popped out to third ending the inning. St. Louis led by two-runs, 3-1. 

Middle Innings

The Pirates were quick to jump on Wainwright in the 5th as Murphy reached on a leadoff base hit. After the fast start to the inning, the Pirates stranded Murphy on first.

Stratton and the Pirates defense had a strong inning. The Cardinals were unable to carry the momentum from the 4th inning to the 5th.

Stratton’s day was over and he did a fantastic job in relief. Nik Turley took over for the Bucs in the 6th inning. Stratton pitched 1.1 innings and struck out one. Turley followed up Stratton with an incredible inning. The bullpen for the Bucs has been pretty solid for the most part during this series.

John Gant came out of the bullpen for St. Louis in the 7th inning. Wainwright was solid today, only giving up one run and three hits, he also struck out five. The Pirates continued where they left off, no base runners and no hits.

After having success in the 6th, Turley was relieved by Kyle Crick. Turley pitched a great inning of baseball and kept the deficit at two-runs. Crick struggled in the 7th, as he allowed a Bader base hit. Bader then stole second, and a DeJong walked. The Bucs got themselves into a bases loaded jam as Goldschmidt reached on an infield single. 

Late Innings

DeJong broke open the game with a two out RBI single to left, scoring Bader and Wong, making the game 5-1. The Pirates took Crick out of the game, bringing in Robbie Erlin. Erlin couldn’t help either as he gave up two more runs off the bat of Matt Carpenter. St. Louis led 7-1 with two outs in the bottom of the 7th. The inning ended after a Molina strikeout.

The Pirates gave up two quick outs, however Reynolds was able to work a walk in the top of the 8th. Though the inning ended after Adam Frazier struck out.

Erlin had two quick outs to start the bottom of the 8th, however Bader was again hit by a pitch. Then, Wong singled to right. After which, Tommy Edman blasted a double to deep left scoring both Bader and Wong, making the lead 9-1. The inning finally ended on Goldschmidt fly out. 

The Pirates couldn’t get the bat on the ball in the 9th inning. Another quick outing for the Cardinals bullpen, as the Bucs had issues putting the ball in play. The Pirates complete the three game set tomorrow. 

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