Pirates Rally Falls Short In 10th, Fall To Cardinals 6-5

Newman called out at home on Stallings Single, Call stood after replay

Matt Harkins
July 23, 2019 - 12:37 am

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - St. Louis Cardinals survive the Pittsburgh Pirates threat in the bottom of the 10th inning to win game one of the series 6-5 Monday night at PNC Park.

Pirates Pitcher Clay Holmes gave up the go ahead Grand Slam to Paul Goldschmidt in the Top of the 10th that gave the Cardinals a 6-2 lead and things looked bleak for the Pirates heading to the bottom half of the inning.

But, one thing that can be said about this season's Pirates team is that they don't give up when they are down late.

Starling Marte led off the bottom of the 10th with a Double, Josh Bell brought home Marte with an RBI Double and Jung Ho Kang hits a 2-run home run out to left field and the Cardinals lead was down to 6-5 with no outs in the inning.

Corey Dickerson than singled to right field and Kevin Newman reached on an error by the shortstop and that was followed by a bunt by Elias Diaz that Cardinals Pitcher Carlos Martinez fielded and got Dickerson out at third for the first out of the inning.

Jacob Stallings, pinch hitting for Luis Escobar, came to plate and singled to right field and it took a strong throw to the plate to get Newman who was called out on the play and on review the call stood as called on the field.

"It's frustrating, obviously they thought they didn't have enough to overturn it, it seemed like from what we saw they might have been able to, not up to me, but definitely a tough one to not go your way," said Newman. "It seemed like he tagged me a little high and I thought my foot was in there."

Trevor Williams returned to the mound after missing his start on Saturday with severe flu-like symptoms and gave the Pirates a quality start and put them in position to take the first game of the series.

"Physically, I wish I could tell you at was at 100 percent, but I got everything prepared as well as I could to go out there and give the team a chance to win and give the team some distance," said Williams. "I did what I was able to do considering severe flu-like symptoms a few days ago."

The final line for Williams was 5 innings giving up 5 hits, 2 runs (1 earned), 2 walks and struck out 7 on 90 pitches (57 strikes).

This Pirates team went into the break feeling pretty good about themselves, but early on here coming out of the break they just haven't been able to put together complete games consistently enough.

"It's been a little disconnected, what, 10 games now outside of the break, we're averaging 2.8 runs a game going into the game," said Hurdle. "And we had opportunites, multiple opportunities again to finish this thing off in nine. We get a good push in the first inning who knows how the script's written the rest of the game, we don't. There were still a couple more opportunities to add on and get ahead and we didn't. You put yourself at the mercy of game when you don't take advantage of situations and opportunities when they're there."

The Pirates and Cardinals will play game 2 of this 4-game series Tuesday night at PNC Park when Chris Archer (3-6, 5.36 ERA) takes the mound for Pittsburgh against Dakota Hudson (9-4, 3.57 ERA) and St. Louis.

Listen to Pirates Relief Pitcher Clay Holmes conversation with the media in the clubhouse postgame:

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