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Cardinals Defeat Pirates 6-3, Sweep 4-Game Series At PNC Park

Pirates Fall To 2-11 since the All Star Break, 46-56 Overall & 9 games out of a playoff spot

July 25, 2019 - 5:01 pm

PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - Paul Goldshmidt homered for the 4th consecutive game as the Cardinals defeat the Pirates 6-3 Thursday afternoon at PNC Park to sweep the 4-game series.

The Pirates finished the homestand 1-7 and are now 2-11 since the All Star Break which has them at 46-56 overall and 9 games out of a playoff spot.

"We haven't played winning baseball, I know that's an overstatement but it's a statement and it's true, we haven't playing winning baseball," said Manager Clint Hurdle. "We haven't connected the dots, we haven't been able to get our hitting and our pitching and our defense all synced up."

There has been games in this two week stretch since the All Star Break that the Pirates have been a hit or two away from flipping the score into the win column, but they haven't been able to capitilize on their opportunities.

"We also at the same time probably have five other games that we've lost that have been either a well placed out or base hit away from switching scores. there's a very fine line sometimes between winning and losing up here," said Hurdle. "That's what puts in play the emphasis on the execution and not over looking things that aren't getting done in a professional manner at the major league level. You don't lower the bar, as of said before, you lower the bar you lose the winners, then you keep the bar raised and hope that way you lose the losers. These guys are focused, they're trying to work hard and get better everyday."

The St.Louis Cardinals offense picked up right where they left off Wednesday night as they took a 2-0 lead in the first inning and after the Pirates cut the lead to 2-1, Paul Goldschmidt got it right back with a home run to leadoff the 4th inning and St. Louis added 3 more runs after that off of Joe Musgrove in his outing tonight.

"You got to kind of put this series behind you and move on. Regroup, regather and get a good gameplan going into New York," said Musgrove. "For me (this afternoon), it was just getting my slider over for strikes, I feel like they were able to eliminate that pitch. I threw a lot of really good ones right off the edge and couldn't get them to chase and I think part of thats coming from me not being able to locate it for strikes."

The final line for Starting Pitcher Joe Musgrove was 5 innings while giving up 7 hits, 6 runs (5 earned), 1 walk and struck out 2 on 89 pitches (58 strikes).

These first two weeks after the All Star Break have been a challenge for the Pirates and how can they make sure they keep their heads up and turn this thing around sooner rather than later.

"I feel like as a whole we're still trying to collect good energy, we're trying to hunt the good. Marte and Corey (Dickerson) right now are on fire, Colin (Moran) has had an incredible month and hopes to finish strong," said Josh Bell. "Just trying to hunt the good, we got the Mets tomorrow, Mets and then the Reds, so I feel like we can continue to hunt the good and get back on the right track."

The Pirates begin the road trip in New York against the Mets Friday night when they send Dario Agrazal (2-0, 2.25 ERA) to the mound against Zack Wheeler (6-6, 4.69 ERA) and the Mets.

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