Cards get blanked by Williams and Co. 2-0 on a 5-hit effort, eye 10th-straight series win tomorrow
A whole lot of nothing. That’s what this game was. So I hope you’re ready to read a whole lot of nothing of a game recap. I’ll just highlight key moments (not like there were many).
Both teams would waste their biggest opportunity in the the 1st inning. The Pirates would strand the bases loaded after a Frazier double, Cervelli walk, and Dickerson infield single. The Cardinals would put runners on 2nd and 3rd to begin their half of the 1st, stranding Carp and Yadi as Williams retired the next three in order, adding his first two k’s of the evening on Cafecíto and Pauly Deez.
The 2nd inning featured 5 k’s, with both pitchers retiring the side in order. The Lizard King struck out the side, getting Moran (fastball), Mercer (fastball), and Williams (curveball). Williams ended his inning striking out Bader and Muñoz to bring his total up to 4 after 2 innings.
The Pirates would jump on the board first, plating two runs in the top of the 5th, collecting 4 hits off Mikolas. Marte and Polanco both would hit RBI singles to give the Bucs a 2-0 advantage.
The Cardinals bullpen would piece together the final 4 innings, going with Shreve, Leone, Cecil, and Martínez, allowing only 2 hits the rest of the way. Moran lined a one-out single to LF off Shreve but Shreve bounced back getting Mercer to ground into a 5-4-3 double-play, Muñoz with some slick glove work on display tonight. Leone and Cecil worked around a pair of errors during their scoreless appearances, Leone working around a one-out error from DeJong and Cecil working around a one-out error from Muñoz. Cecil ended his inning with back-to-back k’s, getting Bell (knuckle-curve) and Moran (cutter). Gotta love that inning from Cec-daddy. Tsunami looked great in the 9th, working an 11-pitch 1-2-3 inning, with a sharp slider dancing around everywhere.
The Cardinals would collect only 3 hits from the 6th-9th innings (Adams, Cafecíto, and Muñoz), stranding 6 base runners.
Carp left the game in the top of the 4th inning after apparently getting sick on the field, yikes.
The Cardinals can still win their 10th-straight series tomorrow, so don’t let this loss effect your mood at work tomorrow like I will. Please, it’s not worth it.
Johnny G (5-5, 3.56) gets the ball in the rubber match tomorrow evening, matching up with Joe Musgrove (5-7, 3.56).
Early start time tomorrow, as first pitch is scheduled for 6:15 c/t.
Thanks for reading, cheers!
Game 133 is in the books