A day after St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny told his team to put their losses behind them and get ready for the Pittsburgh Pirates, they proceeded to put a 12 spot on the board for the game. At the score of 12 – 1 just after a thunderous ovation for a Yadier Molina home run, the Cardinals and their fans looked ready to celebrate through the last couple of innings. That isn’t what happened though. After giving up a 7-run inning to their closest MLB Postseason opponents, the Pirates did what almost no one else would do when down by 11 runs with two innings left. They fought back.
Looking at the highlights you can clearly hear what was a constant rowdy ovation for the Cardinals had turned into a murmur of disbelief as the Pirates put up three runs in the eighth and put up more in the ninth. With the score 12 – 8 there was little celebrating going on in the crowd or the dugout. The Pirates lost the first game of their crucial series but they did so while sending a couple of messages.
First of all they showed the world there is no quit in their team. Not one man on that roster quit when they were down 12 -1. That is simply incredible and if turned correctly by their manager could lead the Pirates to actually come into the second game of the three game set with momentum on their side. It seems crazy but it isn’t.
The other message they sent the Cardinals was that they might better check themselves if they think they are going to take the National League Central from the Pirates. The Bucks message was clear. If the Cards want first place, they will have to fight for it. If they get it, they’ll have to fight to keep it because this Pirates team does not quit; ever.