After losing 2 games in a row to the St. Louis Cardinals and falling behind 3 different times in the first 6 innings of Sunday afternoons game no one can say the Pirates ever give up. These are not the “same old Pittsburgh Pirates” these are the Pirates of 2011, the Pirates that currently sit tied for first place in the National League Central Division.
The Cardinals scored the first run of the game in the top of the second inning and the Pirates answered in the bottom of the third when catcher Eric Fryer scored on an RBI double by Chase D’Araud.
In the top of the fifth inning the Cards scored another run however the Pirates answered during the bottom half of the inning. Ronny Cedeno, recently back from injury, hit a solid double and then was able to score on a Charlie Morton sacrifice fly.
St. Louis responded immediately by taking a 3-2 lead in the top of the sixth off a Colby Rasmus solo homerun. In the bottom of the seventh the Pirates and Cedeno responded again when he collected his second double of the day. Cedeno then advanced on a Fryer bunt and then was able to score when Steve Pearce grounded into a double play.
Pirate relievers Chris Resop, Joe Beimel, Jason Grilli, and Joel Hanrahan were able to hold the Cards scoreless for the remainder of the game forcing extra innings.
It only took the Pirates one extra inning to put the finishing touches on the Cardinals. Xavier Paul started things off by hustling to first base and beating out a throw from Albert Pujols to pitcher Jason Motte. Pauls base running skills proved to be costly to the Cards as he stole second and then advanced to third when the throw to catch him ended up in centerfield. Paul was able to cross home plate as the winning run when Chase D’Arnaud came through again sending a pitch into shallow center.
Pirates starter Charlie Morton went 5.1 innings giving up 6 hits and 3 earned runs while Cardinals starting pitcher Kyle Lohse went 5 innings giving up 4 hits and 2 runs. Pirate Joe Beimel was credited with the win and Jason Motte of the Cardinals collected the loss.