Waino stays hot at home, delivers quality start in Cardinals 3-1 win
The game wouldn’t start out on the right foot for Waino, as Adam Frazier would take him deep on the games first pitch to give the Pirates a quick 1-0 lead. That’s all they’d get. Waino buckled down and would toss 6 scoreless innings (after the Frazier bomb), allowing 6 hits, while striking out 8. Waino even flashed some 93mph sinkers, ya gotta love seeing that.
The defense was on point behind Uncle Charlie tonight, too. Dex and KoWo would make back-to-back sick plays to end the 2nd inning– Dex breaking in and sliding to take away a hit from Newman and KoWo ranging around 120 feet to retire Stalling on a ball in foul territory.
The Cards would even things right back up at 1-1 in the bottom half of the 1st, but it was the same story as last night, should’ve been a lot worse. Musgrove would allow the games first three batters to reach base safely, lacking command. Dex would walk, Edman would hit a bloop single, and Goldy walked. Ozuna would step in with the bases loaded and nobody out for the second straight game, grounding into a second double play. Dex scored to tie the game 1-1.
Musgrove and Waino were exchanging zeros at this point. Waino would strand the bases loaded in the 5th, working around the situation with just one out. He’d get Marte to lineout sharply to Deez at SS– 109mph exit velocity. Waino escaped the inning with his final strikeout, getting Bell looking at a high 93mph sinker.
The Cardinals would finally crack Musgrove in the bottom of the 6th, as the first four batters would reach base safely. Well, Dex would get thrown out at 2B trying to extend a single to a double (and he was safe, but replay thinks otherwise). Edman followed that with the most exciting play in baseball, the little league HR. Edman would double into CF and advance to 3B on a throwing error from Newman, but Moran couldn’t keep the throw in front of him and Musgrove wasn’t backing up the base and the ball would roll into the Pirates dugout, bringing Edman all the way around to score to make it 2-1 Cards. Goldy followed that with a single and Swags then ripped a double into the LF corner to put runners in scoring position and one out for DeJong.
Musgrove’s night would end here as Liriano would come into relief, allowing an rbi infield single to Deez upon entering, Goldy scoring on the play to make it 3-1.
That was it. There were no more hits from either side in this game. Gallegos had a large part in that, working 2.1 scoreless innings on 19 pitches (7 up, 7 down). Tsunami would come in for the final two outs, nailing down his 12th save of the season.
The Cardinals look for the sweep tomorrow afternoon, sending the Liz King (7-12, 3.94) to the mound against the lefty, Steven Brault* (3-1, 4.09). First pitch 1:15pm c/t.