Joel Pineiro (RHP) (9-9, 3.18 ERA, 61 K) @ Zach Duke (LHP) (9-10, 3.45 ERA, 76 K)

1:35 P.M. EST @ PNC Park

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Adam Wainwright (RHP) (12-7, 2.79 ERA, 140 K) @ Charlie Morton (RHP) (2-4, 4.03 ERA, 30 K)

7:05 P.M. EST @ PNC Park

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Chris Carpenter (RHP) (10-3, 2.10 ERA, 83 K) @ Paul Maholm (LHP) (6-6, 4.75 ERA, 84 K)

7:05 P.M. EST @ PNC Park

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Pirates are looking for a sweep tonight!

Mitchell Boggs (RHP) (1-0, 3.50 ERA, 19 K) @ Jeff Karstens (RHP) (1-1, 5.19 ERA, 12 K)

7:05 P.M. EST @ PNC Park

Postgame Update:
No need for brooms. This game was all about missed opportunities for the Pirates. In the 1st, 3rd, and 5th innings, Nyjer Morgan and Freddy Sanchez both got on base (1st and 3rd with no outs, 5th with 1 out), and Nate McLouth couldn’t help more than a walk in the 5th, and those on-base efforts led to no runs. In the 4th inning, the Pirates got four consecutive hits, but they led to just one run because of a baserunning error by Robinzon Diaz.

The Pirates outhit the Cardinals 12-10, but the Bucs left 10 men on base. Final score: Cardinals 5 – Pirates 1.

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Inning 1

Away
Skip Schumaker reaches on a fielding error by first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Shane Robinson grounds into a double play, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to shortstop Jack Wilson to first baseman Adam LaRoche. Skip Schumaker out at 2nd.
Albert Pujols grounds out, third baseman Eric Hinske to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Home
Nyjer Morgan walks.
Freddy Sanchez singles on a soft line drive to center fielder Colby Rasmus. Nyjer Morgan to 2nd.
Nate McLouth pops out to shortstop Tyler Greene.
Adam LaRoche strikes out swinging.
Robinzon Diaz grounds out, third baseman Joe Thurston to first baseman Albert Pujols.

Inning 2

Away
Chris Duncan strikes out swinging.
Yadier Molina singles on a ground ball to right fielder Brandon Moss.
Colby Rasmus homers (2) on a fly ball to right field. Yadier Molina scores.
Tyler Greene singles on a line drive to right fielder Brandon Moss.
Joe Thurston pops out to catcher Robinzon Diaz in foul territory.
Mitchell Boggs strikes out swinging.

Home
Eric Hinske flies out to center fielder Colby Rasmus.
Brandon Moss flies out to left fielder Chris Duncan.
Jack Wilson pops out to catcher Yadier Molina in foul territory.

Inning 3

Away
Skip Schumaker singles on a ground ball to center fielder Nate McLouth.
Shane Robinson grounds out, third baseman Eric Hinske to first baseman Adam LaRoche. Skip Schumaker to 2nd.
Albert Pujols flies out to center fielder Nate McLouth.
Chris Duncan flies out to center fielder Nate McLouth.

Home
Jeff Karstens pops out to first baseman Albert Pujols.
Nyjer Morgan singles on a ground ball to right fielder Shane Robinson.
Freddy Sanchez singles on a ground ball to left fielder Chris Duncan. Nyjer Morgan to 2nd.
Nate McLouth grounds into a double play, first baseman Albert Pujols to shortstop Tyler Greene to first baseman Albert Pujols. Freddy Sanchez out at 2nd.

Inning 4

Away
Yadier Molina grounds out, shortstop Jack Wilson to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Colby Rasmus flies out to center fielder Nate McLouth.
Tyler Greene singles on a bunt ground ball to catcher Robinzon Diaz.
With Joe Thurston batting, Tyler Greene steals (2) 2nd base.
Joe Thurston flies out to right fielder Brandon Moss.

Home
Adam LaRoche triples (1) on a fly ball to right fielder Shane Robinson.
Robinzon Diaz singles on a line drive to right fielder Shane Robinson. Adam LaRoche scores.
Eric Hinske singles on a ground ball to second baseman Skip Schumaker, deflected by first baseman Albert Pujols. Robinzon Diaz out at 3rd, first baseman Albert Pujols to second baseman Skip Schumaker to third baseman Joe Thurston.
Brandon Moss singles on a ground ball to right fielder Shane Robinson. Eric Hinske to 3rd.
Jack Wilson grounds into a double play, third baseman Joe Thurston to second baseman Skip Schumaker to first baseman Albert Pujols. Brandon Moss out at 2nd.

Inning 5

Away
Mitchell Boggs doubles (1) on a fly ball to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.
Skip Schumaker singles on a ground ball to center fielder Nate McLouth. Mitchell Boggs to 3rd.
Shane Robinson out on a sacrifice fly to left fielder Nyjer Morgan. Mitchell Boggs scores.
Albert Pujols grounds into a double play, shortstop Jack Wilson to second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche. Skip Schumaker out at 2nd.

Home
Jeff Karstens grounds out, pitcher Mitchell Boggs to first baseman Albert Pujols.
Nyjer Morgan singles on a line drive to center fielder Colby Rasmus.
Freddy Sanchez singles on a line drive to second baseman Skip Schumaker, deflected by shortstop Tyler Greene. Nyjer Morgan to 2nd.
With Nate McLouth batting, Nyjer Morgan advances to 3rd on a balk. Freddy Sanchez advances to 2nd on a balk.
Nate McLouth walks.
Pitching Change: Trever Miller replaces Mitchell Boggs, batting 9th.
Adam LaRoche pops out to third baseman Joe Thurston in foul territory.
Robinzon Diaz flies out to center fielder Colby Rasmus.

Inning 6

Away
Chris Duncan grounds out, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Yadier Molina flies out to right fielder Brandon Moss.
Colby Rasmus grounds out to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Home
Eric Hinske singles on a bunt ground ball to third baseman Joe Thurston.
Brandon Moss strikes out swinging.
Pitching Change: Kyle McClellan replaces Trever Miller, batting 9th.
Jack Wilson pops out to second baseman Skip Schumaker.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Delwyn Young replaces Jeff Karstens.
Delwyn Young strikes out swinging.

Inning 7

Away
Pitching Change: Evan Meek replaces Jeff Karstens, batting 9th, replacing Delwyn Young.
Tyler Greene flies out to right fielder Brandon Moss.
Joe Thurston strikes out swinging, catcher Robinzon Diaz to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Kyle McClellan strikes out swinging.

Home
Nyjer Morgan walks.
Freddy Sanchez grounds into a double play, pitcher Kyle McClellan to second baseman Skip Schumaker to first baseman Albert Pujols. Nyjer Morgan out at 2nd.
Pitching Change: Dennys Reyes replaces Kyle McClellan, batting 9th.
Nate McLouth singles on a line drive to right fielder Shane Robinson.
Adam LaRoche strikes out swinging.

Inning 8

Away
Skip Schumaker singles on a ground ball to shortstop Jack Wilson.
Shane Robinson singles on a soft line drive to right fielder Brandon Moss. Skip Schumaker to 2nd.
With Albert Pujols batting, wild pitch by Evan Meek, Skip Schumaker to 3rd. Shane Robinson to 2nd.
Albert Pujols singles on a ground ball to center fielder Nate McLouth. Skip Schumaker scores. Shane Robinson scores.
Pitching Change: Sean Burnett replaces Evan Meek, batting 9th.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Brian Barden replaces Chris Duncan.
With Brian Barden batting, Albert Pujols steals (6) 2nd base.
Brian Barden strikes out swinging.
Sean Burnett intentionally walks Yadier Molina.
Colby Rasmus lines into a double play, right fielder Brandon Moss to shortstop Jack Wilson. Albert Pujols doubled off 2nd.

Home
Defensive switch from second base to right field for Skip Schumaker.
Defensive switch from right field to left field for Shane Robinson.
Brian Barden remains in the game as the third baseman.
Defensive switch from third base to second base for Joe Thurston.
Robinzon Diaz flies out to center fielder Colby Rasmus.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Andy LaRoche replaces Eric Hinske.
Andy LaRoche strikes out swinging.
Brandon Moss doubles (4) on a fly ball to right fielder Skip Schumaker.
Pitching Change: Chris Perez replaces Dennys Reyes, batting 9th.
Jack Wilson flies out to center fielder Colby Rasmus.

Inning 9

Away
Andy LaRoche remains in the game as the third baseman.
Pitching Change: Jesse Chavez replaces Sean Burnett, batting 9th.
Tyler Greene flies out to right fielder Brandon Moss.
Joe Thurston grounds out, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Nick Stavinoha replaces Chris Perez.
Nick Stavinoha flies out to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.

Home
Pitching Change: Ryan Franklin replaces Chris Perez, batting 9th, replacing Nick Stavinoha.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Ramon Vazquez replaces Jesse Chavez.
Ramon Vazquez grounds out, second baseman Joe Thurston to first baseman Albert Pujols.
Nyjer Morgan grounds out, first baseman Albert Pujols to pitcher Ryan Franklin.
Freddy Sanchez grounds out, first baseman Albert Pujols to pitcher Ryan Franklin.

Joel Pineiro (4-2, 3.66) @ Ross Ohlendorf (3-3, 4.14), 7:05 P.M., PNC Park

Postgame Update:
There was a lot to feel good about in Pittsburgh last night. The Penguins destroyed the Capitals 6-2 in Game 7 of their Stanley Cup playoff series. The Pirates beat the Cardinals 5-2 and started a much-needed winning streak.

Ross Ohlendorf pitched another nice game (6IP, 2H, 1R, 5K). Pirate pitchers allowed 0 walks tonight. Matt Capps entered the game with a bit of a jam in the 9th (runners on 1st and 2nd, 1 out, 4 run lead). He allowed an Albert Pujols RBI single, but then he got Chris Duncan to ground into a double play for the save.

Jack Wilson found himself at the plate tonight. He was 3-4 with an RBI double. Like I said yesterday, it’s great having him healthy again.

Adam LaRoche hit a “home run” in the 1st that was reviewed with video replay. Replay showed that the home run hit the railing and did not clear the park. The call was overturned, and LaRoche was given an RBI double. That’s the first time that video overturned a call in PNC Park history.

Finally, in non-Pirate news, Nationals’ Ryan Zimmerman had a 30 game hitting streak going into last night. Unfortunately, he failed to record a hit against Barry Zito and the San Francisco Giants. Zimmerman spent a few months with the Harrisburg Senators on his way up to the big leagues, so I’m a fan of his. I hope he starts a new streak tomorrow (but hopefully he doesn’t hurt us too bad in our 4 game series with the Nats next week!).

Well, we’ve got a winning streak, and we’ve guaranteed a series win against the Cardinals! We’ll be reaching for the brooms tonight.

Go Bucs!

The M-Boys: McLouth, Morgan, and Moss Celebrate the Win

The M-Boys: McLouth, Morgan, and Moss Celebrate the Win

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Inning 1

Away
Skip Schumaker flies out to center fielder Nate McLouth.
Shane Robinson grounds out, shortstop Jack Wilson to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Albert Pujols flies out to center fielder Nate McLouth.

Home
Nyjer Morgan grounds out, second baseman Skip Schumaker to first baseman Albert Pujols.
Freddy Sanchez doubles (14) on a ground ball to left fielder Chris Duncan.
Nate McLouth grounds out to first baseman Albert Pujols. Freddy Sanchez to 3rd.
Umpire reviewed (other), call on the field was overturned: Swinging strike.
Umpire reviewed (other), call on the field was overturned: Adam LaRoche doubles (9) on a fly ball to right fielder Shane Robinson. Freddy Sanchez scores.
Robinzon Diaz reaches on a fielder’s choice out, third baseman Joe Thurston unassisted. Adam LaRoche out at 3rd.

Inning 2

Away
Chris Duncan strikes out swinging.
Yadier Molina grounds out, shortstop Jack Wilson to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Colby Rasmus singles on a line drive to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.
With Khalil Greene batting, Ross Ohlendorf picks off Colby Rasmus at 1st on throw to Adam LaRoche.

Home
Andy LaRoche grounds out, shortstop Khalil Greene to first baseman Albert Pujols.
Brandon Moss singles on a ground ball to right fielder Shane Robinson.
Jack Wilson singles on a ground ball to left fielder Chris Duncan. Brandon Moss to 2nd.
Ross Ohlendorf strikes out on a missed bunt.
Nyjer Morgan grounds into a force out, second baseman Skip Schumaker to shortstop Khalil Greene. Jack Wilson out at 2nd.

Inning 3

Away
Khalil Greene flies out to right fielder Brandon Moss.
Joe Thurston grounds out, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to pitcher Ross Ohlendorf.
Joel Pineiro strikes out swinging.

Home
Freddy Sanchez grounds out, shortstop Khalil Greene to first baseman Albert Pujols.
Nate McLouth lines out to center fielder Colby Rasmus.
Adam LaRoche doubles (10) on a fly ball to left fielder Chris Duncan.
Robinzon Diaz flies out to center fielder Colby Rasmus.

Inning 4

Away
Skip Schumaker homers (1) on a fly ball to right center field.
Shane Robinson grounds out, shortstop Jack Wilson to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Albert Pujols flies out to center fielder Nate McLouth.
Chris Duncan grounds out to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Home
Andy LaRoche grounds out, shortstop Khalil Greene to first baseman Albert Pujols.
Brandon Moss doubles (3) on a fly ball to center fielder Colby Rasmus.
Jack Wilson doubles (4) on a fly ball to right fielder Shane Robinson. Brandon Moss scores.
Ross Ohlendorf grounds out softly, third baseman Joe Thurston to first baseman Albert Pujols. Jack Wilson to 3rd.
Nyjer Morgan grounds out, pitcher Joel Pineiro to first baseman Albert Pujols.

Inning 5

Away
Yadier Molina grounds out, pitcher Ross Ohlendorf to shortstop Jack Wilson to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Colby Rasmus flies out to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.
Khalil Greene grounds out, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Home
Freddy Sanchez grounds out, third baseman Joe Thurston to first baseman Albert Pujols.
Nate McLouth lines out to first baseman Albert Pujols.
Adam LaRoche pops out to shortstop Khalil Greene.

Inning 6

Away
Joe Thurston strikes out swinging, catcher Robinzon Diaz to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Joel Pineiro strikes out swinging.
Skip Schumaker strikes out swinging.

Home
Robinzon Diaz hit by pitch.
Andy LaRoche singles on a ground ball to left fielder Chris Duncan, deflected by third baseman Joe Thurston. Robinzon Diaz to 3rd.
Brandon Moss grounds into a force out, second baseman Skip Schumaker to shortstop Khalil Greene. Robinzon Diaz scores. Andy LaRoche out at 2nd. Brandon Moss to 1st.
Jack Wilson singles on a soft fly ball to right fielder Shane Robinson. Brandon Moss to 2nd.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Eric Hinske replaces Ross Ohlendorf.
Eric Hinske grounds out to first baseman Albert Pujols. Brandon Moss to 3rd. Jack Wilson to 2nd.
Nyjer Morgan singles on a ground ball to center fielder Colby Rasmus. Brandon Moss scores. Jack Wilson scores.
Freddy Sanchez singles on a ground ball to center fielder Colby Rasmus. Nyjer Morgan to 3rd.
Nate McLouth pops out to second baseman Skip Schumaker.

Inning 7

Away
Pitching Change: Tyler Yates replaces Ross Ohlendorf, batting 9th, replacing Eric Hinske.
Shane Robinson grounds out, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Albert Pujols grounds out, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Chris Duncan doubles (11) on a fly ball to right fielder Brandon Moss.
Yadier Molina grounds out to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Home
Pitching Change: Kyle McClellan replaces Joel Pineiro, batting 9th.
Adam LaRoche flies out to left fielder Chris Duncan.
Robinzon Diaz grounds out, shortstop Khalil Greene to first baseman Albert Pujols.
Andy LaRoche strikes out swinging.

Inning 8

Away
Pitching Change: John Grabow replaces Tyler Yates, batting 9th.
Colby Rasmus strikes out swinging, catcher Robinzon Diaz to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Khalil Greene flies out to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.
Joe Thurston lines out to right fielder Brandon Moss.

Home
Pitching Change: Chris Perez replaces Kyle McClellan, batting 9th.
Brandon Moss called out on strikes.
Jack Wilson pops out to third baseman Joe Thurston.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Craig Monroe replaces John Grabow.
Craig Monroe flies out to center fielder Colby Rasmus.

Inning 9

Away
Pitching Change: Jesse Chavez replaces John Grabow, batting 9th, replacing Craig Monroe.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Nick Stavinoha replaces Chris Perez.
Nick Stavinoha flies out to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.
Skip Schumaker singles on a line drive to center fielder Nate McLouth.
Shane Robinson singles on a line drive to left fielder Nyjer Morgan. Skip Schumaker to 2nd.
Pitching Change: Matt Capps replaces Jesse Chavez, batting 9th.
Albert Pujols singles on a ground ball to center fielder Nate McLouth. Skip Schumaker scores. Shane Robinson to 3rd.
Chris Duncan grounds into a double play, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to shortstop Jack Wilson to first baseman Adam LaRoche. Albert Pujols out at 2nd.

Todd Wellemeyer (3-2, 4.75) @ Zach Duke (3-3, 2.79), 7:05 P.M., PNC Park

I’ll be at Camden Yards, watching the O’s vs. the Rays.

Post Game Update:
I could hardly believe my eyes as the out-of-town scoreboard in Camden Yards kept updating. Thanks to 8 strong innings from Zach Duke, the Pirates beat the Cards 7-1. Through 7 games, Duke’s ERA is 2.52. Good stuff!

The Pirates got home runs from Adam LaRoche and Brandon Moss, two players who have been struggling as of recent. Hopefully, they’re starting to turn the corner.

Jack Wilson is back! Even though he went 0-4 tonight, he was part of a nice double play, and it feels really good to have him back on the field.

Currently, the biggest cause for concern is Matt Capps. He came in for the 9th inning and loaded the bases with no outs. He escaped the inning and didn’t allow any runs, but now his last 4 performances have been shaky.

April 24 – Flyout, Walk, Popout, Walk, Single – 1 run
May 2 – Single, Single, Single, Single, Flyout, K, Single, K – 2 runs
May 4 – Single, Single, Walk, SacFly, HR, K, Flyout – 4 runs
May 12 – Single, Walk, Walk, K, K, Flyout – 0 runs

Andy LaRoche scores against the Cardinals

Andy LaRoche scores against the Cardinals

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Inning 1

Away
Skip Schumaker strikes out swinging.
Khalil Greene grounds out, third baseman Andy LaRoche to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Albert Pujols homers (13) on a fly ball to center field.
Ryan Ludwick singles on a ground ball to left fielder Nyjer Morgan, deflected by shortstop Jack Wilson.
Yadier Molina flies out to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.

Home
Nyjer Morgan grounds out, shortstop Khalil Greene to first baseman Albert Pujols.
Freddy Sanchez strikes out on a foul tip.
Nate McLouth walks.
Adam LaRoche strikes out swinging.

Inning 2

Away
Chris Duncan walks.
Tyler Greene flies out to right fielder Brandon Moss.
Todd Wellemeyer strikes out on a foul bunt.
Shane Robinson singles on a line drive to right fielder Brandon Moss. Chris Duncan to 3rd.
Skip Schumaker grounds out, shortstop Jack Wilson to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Home
Robinzon Diaz singles on a ground ball to center fielder Shane Robinson.
Andy LaRoche grounds into a force out, second baseman Skip Schumaker to shortstop Khalil Greene. Robinzon Diaz out at 2nd. Andy LaRoche to 1st.
Brandon Moss singles on a line drive to left fielder Chris Duncan. Andy LaRoche to 2nd.
Jack Wilson pops out to catcher Yadier Molina in foul territory.
Zach Duke singles on a line drive to center fielder Shane Robinson. Andy LaRoche scores. Brandon Moss to 2nd.
Nyjer Morgan triples (3) on a fly ball to center fielder Shane Robinson. Brandon Moss scores. Zach Duke scores.
Defensive Substitution: Colby Rasmus replaces right fielder Ryan Ludwick, batting 4th, playing center field.
Defensive switch from center field to right field for Shane Robinson.
Freddy Sanchez walks.
Nate McLouth singles on a ground ball to right fielder Shane Robinson. Nyjer Morgan scores. Freddy Sanchez to 2nd.
Adam LaRoche strikes out swinging.

Inning 3

Away
Khalil Greene grounds out, third baseman Andy LaRoche to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Albert Pujols grounds out, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Colby Rasmus flies out to center fielder Nate McLouth.

Home
Robinzon Diaz grounds out, shortstop Khalil Greene to first baseman Albert Pujols.
Andy LaRoche grounds out, shortstop Khalil Greene to first baseman Albert Pujols.
Brandon Moss singles on a line drive to right fielder Shane Robinson.
Jack Wilson flies out to center fielder Colby Rasmus.

Inning 4

Away
Yadier Molina hit by pitch.
St. Louis Cardinals right fielder Ryan Ludwick left the game due to an injured leg.
Chris Duncan grounds into a double play, pitcher Zach Duke to shortstop Jack Wilson to first baseman Adam LaRoche. Yadier Molina out at 2nd.
Tyler Greene singles on a line drive to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.
Todd Wellemeyer strikes out swinging, catcher Robinzon Diaz to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Home
Zach Duke pops out to second baseman Skip Schumaker.
Nyjer Morgan grounds out, shortstop Khalil Greene to first baseman Albert Pujols.
Freddy Sanchez walks.
Nate McLouth grounds out, catcher Yadier Molina to first baseman Albert Pujols.

Inning 5

Away
Shane Robinson grounds out, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Skip Schumaker grounds out, shortstop Jack Wilson to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Khalil Greene strikes out swinging.

Home
Adam LaRoche homers (6) on a fly ball to center field.
Robinzon Diaz singles on a line drive to right fielder Shane Robinson.
Andy LaRoche strikes out swinging.
Brandon Moss homers (1) on a fly ball to right field. Robinzon Diaz scores.
Pitching Change: Blaine Boyer replaces Todd Wellemeyer, batting 8th.
Jack Wilson grounds out, shortstop Khalil Greene to first baseman Albert Pujols.
Zach Duke strikes out swinging.

Inning 6

Away
Albert Pujols grounds out, third baseman Andy LaRoche to shortstop Jack Wilson to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Colby Rasmus hit by pitch.
Yadier Molina grounds out, third baseman Andy LaRoche to first baseman Adam LaRoche. Colby Rasmus to 2nd.
Chris Duncan strikes out swinging.

Home
Pitching Change: Trever Miller replaces Blaine Boyer, batting 8th.
Nyjer Morgan strikes out swinging.
Freddy Sanchez singles on a ground ball to second baseman Skip Schumaker.
Nate McLouth grounds out, second baseman Skip Schumaker to first baseman Albert Pujols. Freddy Sanchez to 2nd.
Adam LaRoche pops out to third baseman Tyler Greene in foul territory.

Inning 7

Away
Tyler Greene grounds out, third baseman Andy LaRoche to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Jason LaRue replaces Trever Miller.
Jason LaRue flies out to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.
Shane Robinson grounds out, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Home
Pitching Change: Brad Thompson replaces Trever Miller, batting 5th, replacing catcher Yadier Molina.
Jason LaRue remains in the game as the catcher.
Robinzon Diaz grounds out, shortstop Khalil Greene to first baseman Albert Pujols.
Andy LaRoche hit by pitch.
Brandon Moss grounds into a force out, second baseman Skip Schumaker to shortstop Khalil Greene. Andy LaRoche out at 2nd. Brandon Moss to 1st.
Jack Wilson grounds out, pitcher Brad Thompson to second baseman Skip Schumaker to first baseman Albert Pujols.

Inning 8

Away
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Brian Barden replaces Skip Schumaker.
Brian Barden grounds out to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Khalil Greene flies out to right fielder Brandon Moss.
Albert Pujols flies out to center fielder Nate McLouth.

Home
Brian Barden remains in the game as the third baseman.
Defensive switch from third base to second base for Tyler Greene.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Craig Monroe replaces Zach Duke.
Craig Monroe pops out to second baseman Tyler Greene.
Nyjer Morgan singles on a ground ball to center fielder Colby Rasmus.
Freddy Sanchez flies out to center fielder Colby Rasmus.
Nate McLouth flies out to center fielder Colby Rasmus.

Inning 9

Away
Pitching Change: Matt Capps replaces Zach Duke, batting 9th, replacing Craig Monroe.
Colby Rasmus singles on a ground ball to right fielder Brandon Moss.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Joe Thurston replaces Brad Thompson.
With Joe Thurston batting, Colby Rasmus advances to 2nd on defensive indifference.
Joe Thurston walks.
Chris Duncan walks. Colby Rasmus to 3rd. Joe Thurston to 2nd.
Tyler Greene strikes out swinging.
Jason LaRue strikes out swinging.
Shane Robinson flies out to right fielder Brandon Moss.

Ready or not, Game 2 of our series with the Cardinals is a day game.

Ross Ohlendorf (3-2, 3.48) @ Todd Wellemeyer (2-2, 5.28), 1:40 P.M., Busch Stadium

Compare today’s starting lineup with the Opening Day lineup.
Today: McLouth, Young, Monroe, Hinske, Moss, An. LaRoche, Diaz, Bixler
Opening Day: Morgan, Sanchez, McLouth, Doumit, LaRoche, LaRoche, Moss, Wilson
Obviously, injuries have played some role in these changes. I’m also guessing that John Russell is trying anything that might help to end this losing skid.

The Pirates only managed 4 hits in the game. Robinzon Diaz went 2 for 3, including a solo homer. The Bucs have now lost 5 in a row.

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Inning 1

Away
Nate McLouth walks.
Delwyn Young grounds into a double play, pitcher Todd Wellemeyer to shortstop Khalil Greene to first baseman Albert Pujols. Nate McLouth out at 2nd.
Craig Monroe grounds out sharply, first baseman Albert Pujols to pitcher Todd Wellemeyer.

Home
Skip Schumaker triples (1) on a line drive to center fielder Nate McLouth.
Colby Rasmus flies out to center fielder Nate McLouth.
Albert Pujols out on a sacrifice fly to center fielder Nate McLouth. Skip Schumaker scores.
Ryan Ludwick grounds out, shortstop Brian Bixler to first baseman Eric Hinske.

Inning 2

Away
Eric Hinske flies out to left fielder Chris Duncan.
Brandon Moss pops out to third baseman Joe Thurston in foul territory.
Andy LaRoche walks.
Robinzon Diaz flies out to right fielder Ryan Ludwick.

Home
Chris Duncan flies out to center fielder Nate McLouth.
Khalil Greene grounds out, shortstop Brian Bixler to first baseman Eric Hinske.
Joe Thurston singles on a sharp ground ball to right fielder Brandon Moss.
Jason LaRue grounds out, third baseman Andy LaRoche to first baseman Eric Hinske.

Inning 3

Away
Brian Bixler called out on strikes.
Ross Ohlendorf singles on a sharp ground ball to center fielder Colby Rasmus.
Nate McLouth flies out to right fielder Ryan Ludwick.
Delwyn Young pops out to first baseman Albert Pujols in foul territory.

Home
Todd Wellemeyer flies out to left fielder Craig Monroe.
Skip Schumaker singles on a line drive to center fielder Nate McLouth.
Colby Rasmus flies out to left fielder Craig Monroe.
Albert Pujols flies out to center fielder Nate McLouth.

Inning 4

Away
Craig Monroe flies out to center fielder Colby Rasmus.
Eric Hinske flies out to center fielder Colby Rasmus.
Brandon Moss grounds out to first baseman Albert Pujols.

Home
Ryan Ludwick called out on strikes.
Chris Duncan strikes out swinging.
Khalil Greene reaches on a throwing error by third baseman Andy LaRoche. Khalil Greene to 2nd.
Joe Thurston grounds out, second baseman Delwyn Young to first baseman Eric Hinske.

Inning 5

Away
Andy LaRoche walks.
Robinzon Diaz singles on a line drive to center fielder Colby Rasmus. Andy LaRoche to 2nd.
Brian Bixler strikes out swinging.
Ross Ohlendorf flies out to center fielder Colby Rasmus.
Nate McLouth doubles (2) on a line drive to right fielder Ryan Ludwick. Andy LaRoche scores. Robinzon Diaz to 3rd.
Delwyn Young flies out to center fielder Colby Rasmus.

Home
Jason LaRue homers (1) on a fly ball to left center field.
Todd Wellemeyer strikes out swinging, catcher Robinzon Diaz to first baseman Eric Hinske.
Skip Schumaker singles on a line drive to right fielder Brandon Moss.
Colby Rasmus singles on a bunt ground ball to pitcher Ross Ohlendorf. Skip Schumaker to 2nd.
Albert Pujols hit by pitch. Skip Schumaker to 3rd. Colby Rasmus to 2nd.
Ryan Ludwick hit by pitch. Skip Schumaker scores. Colby Rasmus to 3rd. Albert Pujols to 2nd.
Chris Duncan out on a sacrifice fly to left fielder Craig Monroe. Colby Rasmus scores.
Khalil Greene singles on a line drive to left fielder Craig Monroe. Albert Pujols scores. Ryan Ludwick to 3rd.
Joe Thurston pops out to second baseman Delwyn Young.

Inning 6

Away
Craig Monroe lines out to left fielder Chris Duncan.
Eric Hinske grounds out to first baseman Albert Pujols.
Brandon Moss pops out to third baseman Joe Thurston.

Home
Jason LaRue called out on strikes.
Todd Wellemeyer strikes out swinging.
Skip Schumaker walks.
With Colby Rasmus batting, Skip Schumaker caught stealing 2nd base, pitcher Ross Ohlendorf to shortstop Brian Bixler.

Inning 7

Away
Andy LaRoche flies out to center fielder Colby Rasmus.
Robinzon Diaz homers (1) on a fly ball to left field.
Brian Bixler strikes out swinging.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Ramon Vazquez replaces Ross Ohlendorf.
Ramon Vazquez strikes out swinging.

Home
Pitching Change: Evan Meek replaces Ross Ohlendorf, batting 9th, replacing Ramon Vazquez.
Colby Rasmus strikes out swinging.
Albert Pujols grounds out, shortstop Brian Bixler to first baseman Eric Hinske.
Ryan Ludwick flies out to right fielder Brandon Moss.

Inning 8

Away
Pitching Change: Trever Miller replaces Todd Wellemeyer, batting 9th.
Nate McLouth strikes out swinging.
Delwyn Young flies out to center fielder Colby Rasmus.
Pitching Change: Blaine Boyer replaces Trever Miller, batting 9th.
Craig Monroe strikes out swinging.

Home
Chris Duncan strikes out swinging.
Khalil Greene walks.
Joe Thurston grounds into a force out, second baseman Delwyn Young to shortstop Brian Bixler. Khalil Greene out at 2nd. Joe Thurston to 1st.
Jason LaRue hits a ground-rule double (1) on a fly ball to left-center field. Joe Thurston to 3rd.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Shane Robinson replaces Blaine Boyer.
Shane Robinson grounds out, shortstop Brian Bixler to first baseman Eric Hinske.

Inning 9

Away
Defensive switch from second base to left field for Skip Schumaker.
Defensive Substitution: Brian Barden replaces left fielder Chris Duncan, batting 5th, playing third base.
Defensive switch from third base to second base for Joe Thurston.
Pitching Change: Ryan Franklin replaces Blaine Boyer, batting 9th, replacing Shane Robinson.
Eric Hinske grounds out sharply, second baseman Joe Thurston to first baseman Albert Pujols.
Brandon Moss strikes out swinging.
Andy LaRoche grounds out, shortstop Khalil Greene to first baseman Albert Pujols.

After a disappointing home-stand against the Reds and Brewers, the Pirates travel to St. Louis to take on the division leading Cardinals. At 17-10, the Cardinals have one of the best records in baseball, but the Pirates managed a 2-2 split with them in their season-opening series.

Tonight, we’ll see: Zach Duke (3-2, 2.21) @ Mitchell Boggs (1-0, 3.29)

Delwyn Young will be starting in right field.

Post Game Update:
Given the current state of the Pirates’ offense, it tough to win many games. Pirate hitting was too few and far between, and the Pirates lost to the Cardinals 4-2. That’s their 8th loss in 9 games. (I guess I need to be in attendance more often!)

Tonight wasn’t Zach Duke’s best outing, but he still left the game in a manageable condition. Sean Burnett continued to be the strongest member of the Bucs’ bullpen, pitching 2 and 1/3 strong innings.

Albert Pujols was nasty, as always, going 4-4 including a 1st inning homer.

Our offense needs a jump-start.

Delwyn Young... until I can find a picture of him in a Pirates' uniform

Delwyn Young... until I can find a picture of him in a Pirates' uniform

Live Updates:

Inning 1

Away
Nyjer Morgan strikes out swinging.
Freddy Sanchez doubles (13) on a ground ball to left fielder Chris Duncan.
Nate McLouth flies out to right fielder Ryan Ludwick.
Adam LaRoche strikes out swinging.

Home
Brian Barden lines out to center fielder Nate McLouth.
Joe Thurston pops out to third baseman Andy LaRoche in foul territory.
Albert Pujols homers (11) on a line drive to left center field.
Ryan Ludwick lines out to third baseman Andy LaRoche.

Inning 2

Away
Delwyn Young singles on a ground ball to left fielder Chris Duncan.
Andy LaRoche walks. Delwyn Young to 2nd.
Ramon Vazquez grounds into a double play, shortstop Khalil Greene to second baseman Joe Thurston to first baseman Albert Pujols. Delwyn Young to 3rd. Andy LaRoche out at 2nd.
Jason Jaramillo walks.
Zach Duke walks. Jason Jaramillo to 2nd.
Nyjer Morgan singles on a ground ball to center fielder Colby Rasmus. Delwyn Young scores. Jason Jaramillo out at home on the throw, center fielder Colby Rasmus to catcher Yadier Molina.

Home
Yadier Molina grounds out, shortstop Ramon Vazquez to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Chris Duncan grounds out, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Khalil Greene doubles (3) on a fly ball to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.
Mitchell Boggs grounds out, pitcher Zach Duke to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Inning 3

Away
Freddy Sanchez grounds out, shortstop Khalil Greene to first baseman Albert Pujols.
Nate McLouth grounds out to first baseman Albert Pujols.
Adam LaRoche strikes out swinging.

Home
Colby Rasmus strikes out swinging.
Brian Barden grounds out, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Joe Thurston grounds out, pitcher Zach Duke to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Inning 4

Away
Delwyn Young walks.
Andy LaRoche singles on a soft line drive to center fielder Colby Rasmus. Delwyn Young to 2nd.
Ramon Vazquez flies out to center fielder Colby Rasmus. Delwyn Young to 3rd.
Jason Jaramillo grounds out softly, catcher Yadier Molina to first baseman Albert Pujols. Andy LaRoche to 2nd.
Zach Duke called out on strikes.

Home
Albert Pujols singles on a soft line drive to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.
Ryan Ludwick walks. Albert Pujols to 2nd.
Yadier Molina lines out to center fielder Nate McLouth. Albert Pujols to 3rd.
Chris Duncan triples (2) on a line drive to center fielder Nate McLouth. Albert Pujols scores. Ryan Ludwick scores.
Khalil Greene out on a sacrifice fly to center fielder Nate McLouth. Chris Duncan scores.
Mitchell Boggs grounds out, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Inning 5

Away
Nyjer Morgan walks.
Freddy Sanchez flies out to center fielder Colby Rasmus.
With Nate McLouth batting, Nyjer Morgan steals (7) 2nd base.
Nate McLouth doubles (1) on a line drive to right fielder Ryan Ludwick. Nyjer Morgan scores.
Pitching Change: Trever Miller replaces Mitchell Boggs, batting 8th.
Adam LaRoche flies out to center fielder Colby Rasmus. Nate McLouth to 3rd.
Delwyn Young walks.
Pitching Change: Kyle McClellan replaces Trever Miller, batting 8th.
Andy LaRoche grounds out, pitcher Kyle McClellan to first baseman Albert Pujols.

Home
Colby Rasmus flies out to center fielder Nate McLouth.
Brian Barden grounds out, shortstop Ramon Vazquez to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Joe Thurston strikes out on a foul tip.

Inning 6

Away
Ramon Vazquez strikes out swinging.
Jason Jaramillo walks.
Zach Duke reaches on a fielding error by shortstop Khalil Greene. Jason Jaramillo to 2nd.
Nyjer Morgan singles on a fly ball to right fielder Ryan Ludwick. Jason Jaramillo to 3rd. Zach Duke to 2nd.
Freddy Sanchez grounds into a double play, third baseman Brian Barden to second baseman Joe Thurston to first baseman Albert Pujols. Nyjer Morgan out at 2nd.

Home
Albert Pujols singles on a ground ball to center fielder Nate McLouth.
Ryan Ludwick singles on a fly ball to right fielder Delwyn Young. Albert Pujols to 2nd.
With Yadier Molina batting, Albert Pujols caught stealing 3rd base, catcher Jason Jaramillo to third baseman Andy LaRoche, Ryan Ludwick to 2nd.
Yadier Molina walks.
Pitching Change: Sean Burnett replaces Zach Duke, batting 9th.
Chris Duncan lines into an unassisted double play, first baseman Adam LaRoche. Yadier Molina doubled off 1st.

Inning 7

Away
Pitching Change: Dennys Reyes replaces Kyle McClellan, batting 8th.
Nate McLouth pops out to second baseman Joe Thurston.
Adam LaRoche strikes out swinging.
Delwyn Young flies out to right fielder Ryan Ludwick.

Home
Khalil Greene called out on strikes.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Adam Wainwright replaces Dennys Reyes.
Adam Wainwright flies out to center fielder Nate McLouth.
Colby Rasmus flies out to right fielder Delwyn Young.

Inning 8

Away
Defensive Substitution: Skip Schumaker replaces left fielder Chris Duncan, batting 6th, playing left field.
Pitching Change: Jason Motte replaces Dennys Reyes, batting 8th, replacing Adam Wainwright.
Andy LaRoche grounds out, shortstop Khalil Greene to first baseman Albert Pujols.
Ramon Vazquez flies out to right fielder Ryan Ludwick.
Jason Jaramillo grounds out, second baseman Joe Thurston to first baseman Albert Pujols.

Home
Brian Barden grounds out, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Joe Thurston grounds out, first baseman Adam LaRoche to pitcher Sean Burnett.
Pitching Change: Jesse Chavez replaces Sean Burnett, batting 9th.
Albert Pujols singles on a ground ball to third baseman Andy LaRoche.
Ryan Ludwick strikes out swinging.

Inning 9

Away
Pitching Change: Ryan Franklin replaces Jason Motte, batting 8th.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Brandon Moss replaces Jesse Chavez.
Brandon Moss grounds out to first baseman Albert Pujols.
Nyjer Morgan grounds out, second baseman Joe Thurston to first baseman Albert Pujols.
Freddy Sanchez flies out to right fielder Ryan Ludwick.

The Pirates are 12-12, but they have a tough road ahead. Their next 10 are against the Brewers, Cardinals, and Mets.

The Brewers put their 15 game winning streak against the Bucs on the line tonight.

It should be a good pitchers’ duel with Yovani Gallardo @ Paul Maholm, 7:05 P.M. at PNC Park.

Ryan Braun will not be playing tonight because he will be having an MRI on his back.

Last week, Jeff Karstens hit Braun in the back with a pitch. Braun thought it was an intentional beaning, and Karstens was fined by MLB for the pitch. Karstens has appealed.

Today, John Russell said, “We haven’t thought about it. Obviously they said a few things about it. Our guy got fined. They hit three guys the next day. So I wouldn’t think there’s anything on their side. We obviously don’t want to make a big issue of it. We just want to go out and play baseball. I would think it should be over.”

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Live Updates:

Inning 1

Away
Corey Hart singles on a ground ball to second baseman Freddy Sanchez.
J. Hardy singles on a ground ball to left fielder Nyjer Morgan. Corey Hart to 2nd.
Rickie Weeks flies out to right fielder Brandon Moss. Corey Hart to 3rd.
Prince Fielder grounds into a force out, first baseman Adam LaRoche to shortstop Ramon Vazquez. Corey Hart scores. J. Hardy out at 2nd. Prince Fielder to 1st.
Mike Cameron grounds into a force out, third baseman Andy LaRoche to second baseman Freddy Sanchez. Prince Fielder out at 2nd.

Home
Nyjer Morgan flies out to right fielder Corey Hart.
Freddy Sanchez lines out to left fielder Bill Hall.
Nate McLouth flies out to left fielder Bill Hall.

Inning 2

Away
Bill Hall flies out to center fielder Nate McLouth.
Casey McGehee grounds out, third baseman Andy LaRoche to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Jason Kendall grounds out, pitcher Paul Maholm to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Home
Defensive Substitution: Chris Duffy replaces left fielder Bill Hall, batting 6th, playing left field.
Adam LaRoche walks.
Brandon Moss triples (2) on a fly ball to left fielder Chris Duffy. Adam LaRoche scores.
Andy LaRoche grounds out, third baseman Casey McGehee to first baseman Prince Fielder.
Ramon Vazquez walks.
Jason Jaramillo lines out to shortstop J. Hardy.
Paul Maholm walks. Ramon Vazquez to 2nd.
Nyjer Morgan grounds into a force out, second baseman Rickie Weeks to shortstop J. Hardy. Paul Maholm out at 2nd.

Inning 3

Away
Milwaukee Brewers third baseman Bill Hall left the game due to an injured leg.
Yovani Gallardo strikes out swinging.
Corey Hart strikes out swinging.
J. Hardy flies out to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.

Home
Freddy Sanchez pops out to second baseman Rickie Weeks.
Nate McLouth singles on a ground ball to right fielder Corey Hart.
Adam LaRoche flies out to left fielder Chris Duffy.
Brandon Moss pops out to third baseman Casey McGehee.

Inning 4

Away
Rickie Weeks singles on a line drive to center fielder Nate McLouth.
With Prince Fielder batting, passed ball by Jason Jaramillo, Rickie Weeks to 2nd.
Prince Fielder singles on a line drive to center fielder Nate McLouth. Rickie Weeks to 3rd.
Mike Cameron pops out to second baseman Freddy Sanchez.
Chris Duffy called out on strikes.
Casey McGehee grounds into a force out, shortstop Ramon Vazquez to second baseman Freddy Sanchez. Prince Fielder out at 2nd.

Home
Andy LaRoche homers (1) on a fly ball to left field.
Ramon Vazquez grounds out to first baseman Prince Fielder.
Jason Jaramillo grounds out, second baseman Rickie Weeks to first baseman Prince Fielder.
Paul Maholm called out on strikes.

Inning 5

Away
Jason Kendall grounds out, shortstop Ramon Vazquez to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Yovani Gallardo lines out to shortstop Ramon Vazquez.
Corey Hart doubles (7) on a ground ball to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.
J. Hardy grounds out, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Home
Nyjer Morgan grounds out, second baseman Rickie Weeks to first baseman Prince Fielder.
Freddy Sanchez doubles (11) on a line drive to right fielder Corey Hart.
Nate McLouth singles on a ground ball to center fielder Mike Cameron. Freddy Sanchez scores.
Adam LaRoche called out on strikes.
Brandon Moss pops out to first baseman Prince Fielder.

Inning 6

Away
Rickie Weeks strikes out swinging.
Prince Fielder strikes out swinging.
Mike Cameron grounds out, shortstop Ramon Vazquez to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Home
Andy LaRoche lines out to pitcher Yovani Gallardo.
Ramon Vazquez strikes out swinging.
Jason Jaramillo hits a ground-rule double (6) on a fly ball down the left-field line.
Paul Maholm called out on strikes.

Inning 7

Away
Chris Duffy grounds out to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Casey McGehee grounds out, pitcher Paul Maholm to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Jason Kendall singles on a ground ball to center fielder Nate McLouth.
Yovani Gallardo strikes out swinging.

Home
Nyjer Morgan strikes out swinging.
Freddy Sanchez doubles (12) on a line drive to left fielder Chris Duffy.
Nate McLouth grounds out, pitcher Yovani Gallardo to first baseman Prince Fielder. Freddy Sanchez to 3rd.
Adam LaRoche flies out to center fielder Mike Cameron.

Inning 8

Away
Corey Hart strikes out swinging.
J. Hardy walks.
Pitching Change: Tyler Yates replaces Paul Maholm, batting 9th.
Rickie Weeks strikes out swinging.
Pitching Change: John Grabow replaces Tyler Yates, batting 9th.
Prince Fielder singles on a line drive to center fielder Nate McLouth. J. Hardy to 2nd.
Mike Cameron walks. J. Hardy to 3rd. Prince Fielder to 2nd.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Ryan Braun replaces Chris Duffy.
Ryan Braun doubles (5) on a fly ball to right fielder Brandon Moss. J. Hardy scores. Prince Fielder scores. Mike Cameron to 3rd.
Casey McGehee strikes out swinging.

Home
Ryan Braun remains in the game as the left fielder.
Pitching Change: Mark DiFelice replaces Yovani Gallardo, batting 9th.
Brandon Moss flies out to center fielder Mike Cameron.
Andy LaRoche lines out to center fielder Mike Cameron.
Ramon Vazquez singles on a line drive to right fielder Corey Hart.
Jason Jaramillo doubles (7) on a fly ball to right fielder Corey Hart. Ramon Vazquez scores.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Delwyn Young replaces John Grabow.
Delwyn Young flies out to left fielder Ryan Braun.

Inning 9

Away
Pitching Change: Matt Capps replaces John Grabow, batting 9th, replacing Delwyn Young.
Jason Kendall singles on a ground ball to center fielder Nate McLouth.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Craig Counsell replaces Mark DiFelice.
Craig Counsell singles on a ground ball to right fielder Brandon Moss. Jason Kendall to 2nd.
Corey Hart walks. Jason Kendall to 3rd. Craig Counsell to 2nd.
J. Hardy out on a sacrifice fly to center fielder Nate McLouth. Jason Kendall scores. Craig Counsell to 3rd.
Rickie Weeks homers (6) on a fly ball to left field. Craig Counsell scores. Corey Hart scores.
Prince Fielder strikes out on a foul tip.
Mike Cameron flies out to center fielder Nate McLouth.

Home
Pitching Change: Trevor Hoffman replaces Mark DiFelice, batting 9th, replacing Craig Counsell.
Nyjer Morgan flies out to center fielder Mike Cameron.
Freddy Sanchez grounds out, pitcher Trevor Hoffman to second baseman Rickie Weeks to first baseman Prince Fielder.
Nate McLouth singles on a ground ball to shortstop J. Hardy.
Adam LaRoche grounds out, second baseman Rickie Weeks to first baseman Prince Fielder.

Pirates @ Cardinals – 1:35 P.M.
Ross Ohlendorf vs. Chris Carpenter

1:45 – Both LaRoches are out of the starting lineup today. Apparently, Adam has the flu. Andy is still benched after 2 poor games. Hopefully the Pirates remember that those were only two games. I wouldn’t mind seeing Andy getting back into the lineup.

3:00 – It’s never easy following baseball from work, but thankfully MLB.com’s GameDay makes it a little easier. The Pirates lead 1-0 in the fifth despite Carpenter throwing a no-hitter. A 2nd inning Pujols error helped Ramon Vazquez (who walked) get around the bases.

3:25 – With two outs in the 7th, Vazquez broke up Chris Carpenter’s no hitter. Still 1-0 Pirates.

3:57 – And now the lead is gone too. Four straight Cardinals’ singles made the score 2-1 Cards. Just like that… we’re 3 outs away from defeat. Maybe we’ll have some more Opening Day magic in store?

4:12 – That’s the end of a tough 2-1 loss. The Cards deserved this game though, with 8 hits, and only 1 for the Pirates. Still, I’m happy to split the opening series in St. Louis… on to Cincy!
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