The Pittsburgh Pirates today defeated the St. Louis Cardinals by a score of 7-0. When the starting pitchers for the game were announced, that score was one of the last possibilities to run through my mind.
Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter took the mound for St. Louis, lasting just five innings. He surrendered six earned runs off nine hits, and fell to 8-9 on the year. Carpenter’s career ERA against the Pirates was in the 2.65 range prior to the game (sorry, don’t feel like looking it up at the moment).
The Pirates sent Brad Lincoln to the mound, who became a full-time part of the team’s rotation when Paul Maholm was placed on the DL. Lincoln threw six scoreless innings against the Cardinals, striking out four batters in a nice overall team effort
The fourth inning was the Bucs’s best, as they batted around the order en route to a four-run frame.
Andrew McCutchen led the inning off with a double, advanced to third on a Ryan Doumit groundout and then scored on Garrett Jones‘ second double of the game.
Josh Harrison‘s second RBI single of the game later scored both Jones and Neil Walker, whom Carpenter gave a free pass to first. Lincoln then lined a double into the right-center field gap to score Harrison and give the Battlin’ Bucs a 5-0 lead.
Walker would add a solo shot the next inning and the Pirates would score again in the sixth.
Alex Presley and Chase d’Arnaud went a combined 0-for-9.
St. Louis’ 3-4-5 hitters – Albert Pujols, Matt Holliday and Lance Berkman – went a combined 2-for-10 with two walks, two strikeouts and three left on base.
The teams meet for the fourth and final game of the series tomorrow at 2:15 PM ET.
Jeff Karstens (9-7, 3.09) will face Kyle Lohse (11-8, 3.73) as the Bucs look to split the series.