Cardinals Hit 5 Home Runs, Defeat Pirates 14-8

Pirates will look to avoid the sweep Thursday afternoon at PNC Park

Matt Harkins
July 24, 2019 - 11:50 pm

© Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - The St.Louis Cardinals hit 5 home runs on their way to a victory against the Pittsburgh Pirates 14-8 Wednesday night at PNC Park.

The Cardinals took control of the game in the 2nd inning as they sent 13 batters to the plate and scored 9 runs to take the lead 9-2 early on and never looked back as they take the first three games of the series.

With all the positive feelings heading into the All Star Break, it has been a challenge for the Pirates as they are 2-10 since the break.

"These last two weeks have been hard, there's no other way around it. Leading into that everything was trending up, there was a lot of positive narrative, a lot of good things going on, the last two weeks have been hard and a lot of thats shifted in two weeks," said Manager Clint Hurdle. "Although the mens' focus hasn't shifted...I talk to the team when it's appropriate and sometimes the best meetings you have are the ones you never hear about and sometimes those conversations are with individuals and sometimes there with that leadership group, sometimes they go where they go, but the focus of these men in the room, what we've gone through the past two weeks hasn't wavered. And you've seen the focus at which they're going out and playing, Melky's catch late in the game, the at-bats you see, they're playing ball and they're trying to honor the name on the front and take care of the name on the back."

The Pirates jumped out to another early lead once again in this series as Adam Frazier and Corey Dickerson started the bottom of the 1st with back to back walks and came around to score on an RBI Single by Starling Marte and sacrifice fly by Colin Moran for the early 2-0 lead.

Starting Pitcher Jordan Lyles retired the Cardinals 1-2-3 in the Top of the 1st inning with two strikeouts, but the outing fell apart in the 2nd inning as St. Louis plated 9 runs in the inning (8 allowed by Lyles), including 3 home runs.

"Things hurry up really quick, I wasn't able to get out of the second after a very first efficient inning," said Lyles. "Things snowballed, that's been a problem in my career, one inning here or there that snowballs. I wasn't able to get out of it tonight, didn't do my team any service, I wasn't good, I stunk it up, we'll go from here."

The final line on the night for Lyles was 1.2 IP and gave up 7 hits, 8 runs (5 earned), 1 walk and struck out 3 on 45 pitches (29 strikes).

With the Cardinals holding a 9 run lead heading into the 7th inning and after pinch hitting for Keone Kela in the bottom of the 6th, Jose Osuna remained in the game and took the mound for the 7th and 8th innings.

"I've pitched before, it's something you want to try again, I feel good...It's not as fun as a homer, but," said Osuna. "I wanted a third inning, but I feel good."

The final line on the night for Osuna was 2 innings and gave up 2 hits and 1 run on 24 pitches (16 strikes).

In the 9th inning, Jose Osuna moved to first base and Jacob Stallings took over on the mound and retired the Cardinals 1-2-3 in the inning and for the first time since at least 1908, according to baseball reference, the Pirates pitched two position players in a game.

The Pirates close out the 4-game series against the Cardinals and homestand when they send Joe Musgrove (7-8, 4.08 ERA) to the mound against Miles Mikolas (6-10, 4.17 ERA) and St.Louis Thursday afternoon at 12:35 pm at PNC Park.

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