What is there to say? The Pittsburgh Pirates caught a beat down tonight at the hands of the St. Louis Cardinals.
Of course a sweep would have been nice but to expect it would have been a bit insane. And if they were going to lose, I almost prefer that they lost this way and got it out of their system.
No hitting. No pitching. Everything was bad tonight. Charlie Morton started the game and had a similar fate as Jeff Locke the night before. He gave up five runs and 10 hits over six innings. And if you think he was bad, Jeanmar Gomez was worse. He recorded one out. He also gave up seven runs. It was ugly. Every Cardinals starter drove in a run. Every Cardinals starter had a hit except Matt Carpenter. Beyond that, of the eight starters that had hits, seven of them had more than one hit. Pete Kozma was the only one to only have one hit.
Player of the Game: Joe Kelly
After last night’s game, the Cardinals had to come into this one knowing that no lead was safe. Kelly made the pain of last night go away by not allowing the Pirates even one run, let alone let them stay in the game. Kelly does not have many starts this year so for him to be able to stretch his start out six innings and not give up any runs really gave the Cardinals a boost.
Play of the Game: Neil Walker
In a 13-0 game, it is pretty difficult to find one play that made a huge difference in the outcome. The Pirates had very few opportunities to make this game interesting but Walker squandered one of them. The game was only 4-0 in the fifth inning, well within reach. Walker came to the plate with two runners in scoring position and ended up grounding out to first to end the inning. The Pirates left 14 men on base in this game.
Up Next: Colorado Rockies, Friday, 7:05pm
The Pirates get to stay at home and play the Rockies while the Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds beat each other up over the weekend. How sweet is that? Gerrit Cole will start game one for the Pirates. He’s coming off a loss where he set a career high in strikeouts. He just happened to run into an even bigger phenom than he is in that game.
Cole will be opposed by Jhoulys Chacin who was the Rockies Opening Day starter. Chacin is far from a household name but he is quietly having a very solid season.