Game 23: Pirates 7, Cardinals 10

After the offense finally woke up in the Pirates’ 9-3 victory against the Braves, the bats continued the trend in to today’s game, scoring seven runs against the St. Louis Cardinals.  The Pirates also continued their 12-game streak of alternating wins and losses by losing tonight’s game.

The offense continued to show signs of life in many faces.  They finally broke the .230 barrier and were able to walk three times, so the OBP was .343.  Rod Barajas hit his third double of the season and Andrew McCutchen hit his first triple.  Jose Tabata actually hit a roundtripper, his first of 2012, an Alvarez hit his sixth.  Neil Walker was extraordinary by going 2-for-3 and walking once, and Pedro Alvarez was 2-4.

The pitching, which was huge for the first month, was subpar.  Charlie Morton didn’t have his “electric stuff,” and allowed six runs, five earned, in 4 1/3 innings, while there were eight hits against him and he walked two batters.  Jared Hughes wasn’t all that great either in his two innings.  Hughes allowed three runs, albeit one earned, on three hits while striking out once.  Tony Watson allowed another run to score in the two thirds of an inning he pitched.  Brad Lincoln came in for the eighth and tossed a 1-2-3 inning.

The fielding was horrible.  Clint Barmes, who was brought in for his defense, committed his fifth error of the season.  Garrett Jones missed an easy catch at first and was charged with his first error.  Pedro Alvarez was charged with his fourth on the year, and Rod Barajas muffed a throw and was charged with another error. The Pirates take on the Cardinals and Lance Lynn tomorrow, and A.J. Burnett will be taking the bump for the Pirates.

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