Today’s game pretty much summed up the entire weekend in Pittsburgh. Everything that could go wrong, would go wrong.
Luke Weaver and Nick Kingham, making his major league debut, would be locked in a pitchers duel through the first five and half innings, tied 0-0.
Kingham was locating pitches on both sides of the plate, mixing in an excellent breaking pitch.
The first time through the Cardinals order, he would strikeout five.
Harrison “The Brah” Bader would have the best at bat the first time through, making Kingham throw ten pitches, eventually flying out to Marte.
DeJong would also put together a ten pitch at bat to end the 4th inning, flying out to Polanco.
Today was so boring, ten pitch at bats are the highlights. I can’t believe I’m talking about this.
After five and half innings, Kingham was still perfect, with eight strikeouts.
Luke Weaver would unravel in the bottom half of the 6th, allowing 4 runs.
After retiring Polanco to start the inning, Weaver would let the next four batters reach base.
Marte and Bell would hit back-to-back singles, Dickerson would walk on the “unintentional intentional walk”, and Díaz would deliver the gut-punch. A two run single down the first base line, scoring Marte and Bell.
Weaver’s day would come to and end there, bringing in Jordan Hicks.
Weaver’s line: (5.1 innings, 6 hits, 4 r/4er, 2 bb, 6 k’s)
Hicks command was still a tick off, walking another batter during his appearance.
Hicks would face Moran, upon entering, with runners on first and third.
Moran would hit the first pitch Hicks threw him, a 96 mph sinker, to the OF for an RBI single.
Still with only one out, Gyorko would make a great play with Mercer at the plate.
On a ground ball that made him range to him left, Gyorko would make the play and throw out Díaz trying to score from third.
Kingham would come to the plate and the Pirates pitcher would draw a walk to load the bases for Adam Frazier.
Frazier would eventually be hit by a slider from Hicks, bringing in Moran, making it 4-0 Bucs.
With 2 outs in the 7th inning, Pauly Deez would collect the first base hit for the Cardinals.
DeJong would hit a single into LF, making us Cardinals fans feel like they at least won something this series.
Luke Gregerson would work a clean, 1-2-3, 7th inning for the Cards ‘pen. And he wouldn’t walk anybody, or give up a hit. So that’s a plus.
With Kingham out of the game to start the 8th, Yadi would leadoff the inning against reliever, Michael Feliz.
Yadi would foul off pitch after pitch, battling with a fifteen pitch at bat. Yadi would golf a single to LF, the second Cardinals hit of the day.
But with one out and Greg Garcia batting, Yadi would be doubled off first base after Garcia lined out to deep RCF, as Marte would nab Yadi.
That pretty much summed up the weekend, like Danny Mac said.
Greg Holland would work the 8th, and struggles continued. The struggles where he doesn’t miss many bats and has a broken slider.
Holland would give up a run, working the entire inning, giving up three hits.
Holland would strikeout Polanco to strand two runners on the bases to end the inning.
Kolten Wong would earn a pinch-hit opportunity with one out in the 9th inning, down 5-0.
Wong would smoke a ball that had some tail on it to LCF, sneaking past Marte’s glove for a double.
Wong would be stranded at second base, along with Pham on first after a two out walk.
Santana would strikeout DeJong to end the day, earning the sweep for the Pirates.
The Cardinals (15-12) have the day off tomorrow before returning home to play a two-game series with the White Sox (8-17).