Offensive Outburst Helps St. Louis Even Up Weekend Series, Defeat Pirates 10-1

The Pirates were retired in order in five of the nine innings Saturday night

Matt Harkins
September 07, 2019 - 11:41 pm

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - The St. Louis Cardinals even up the weekend series against the Pittsburgh Pirates with an offensive outburst and a dominant starting pitching performance by Adam Wainwright as they get the 10-1 victory Saturday night.

After a scoreless two innings of baseball at PNC Park, the Cardinals were able to get to Pirates Starting Pitcher Steven Brault in the top of the third after Adam Wainwright led the inning off with a double to the notch in left centerfield.  

Dexter Fowler and Koltan Wong each singled following the double and Wainwright came around to score on Wong's single and then Marcel Ozuna hit a three run home run to right center field to put the Cardinals up 4-0 heading to the bottom of the third inning.

The Pirates would cut into the deficit wiath an RBI single by Starling Marte in the bottom half of the inning.

The score would remain the same until the top of the sixth when the Cardinals would knock Brault out of the game with one out in the top of the sixth as they added two more runs to their lead.

The final line for Brault Saturday night was 5.1 innings pitched and gave up six runs on six hits, walked two and struck out two on 96 pitches (58 strikes).

For as dominant as Brault looked in his last outing in Colorado, he was never able to find a rhythm on the mound Saturday night against the Cardinals.

"It's a feel, you're not going to feel the same way everyday," said Brault. "The way I was taught is that if you have thirty starts a year, you're going to have four starts where you feel incredible, four starts where you feel terrible and then twenty two starts where you're somewhere in the middle. Tonight was the someone in the middle, but near the bad side. Three run home runs are day killers, so keep the ball out of the stands and it will be a different ballgame."

With the exception of the first, third and fourth innings, the Pirates offense was retired in order including grounding into a double play after Brault led off the bottom of the sixth with a single to right field.

Cardinals Starting Pitcher Adam Wainwright went seven innings and only gave up the one run on six hits while striking out three on 95 pitches (60 strikes).

The Pirates batters had some good swings against Wainwright in the first inning, but he settled in and changed his plan of attack in his next six innings.

"The curveball came into play more, the curveball came into play," said Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle. "There's not many curveballs thrown in the game, he's got a very good curveball, he's got one of the best curveballs in the game, always has. You get a guy like that pitching in that rotation with all those other young guys, I mean it's opportunity to learn every time he goes out and you watch him work. Our guys watch him because there's been two different games here where it looked like we had a chance to move him and he stays in and he goes five, he goes six, he goes seven tonight and the last inning I think he threw five pitches in the last inning. I've tipped my hat to him for a long time now, he's been tough, a tough competitor for us to find a way to beat."

St. Louis' offense was clicking all night as they would add two more runs off of Clay Holmes on a two RBI Double by Paul Dejong in the top of the seventh.

The Pirates and Cardinals will close out this three game weekend series Sunday afternoon at PNC Park when James Marvel (MLB Debut) takes the mound for the Pirates against Jack Flaherty (9-7, 3.14 ERA) and St. Louis at 1:35 pm.