Game #44 at St. Louis

Busch Stadium | 8:10 | Duke vs. Adam Wainwright | Box
Thank goodness Snell is going tomorrow. This was an ugly loss. Bad pitching. Poor situational hitting. Mixed results on D. The supposed new fifth starter was used as a reliever and got touched for three runs.
Ryan Doumit had a hit and threw two guys out at the plate. But he also whiffed three times. Freddy Sanchez had three hits, but Jason Bay left eight men on base. Tony Armas Jr. pitched a scoreless 8th inning.
Building on the trend of Cory’s post about attendance, the Cards put nearly 43,000 in the park for a mid-week game against the Pirates.
AP recap at Yahoo! Sports – states the Bucs were 1-9 with five whiffs with the bases loaded. Yikes.
Post-Gazette – two swings and misses for Duke all night
Pirates Official Site
Cardinals Official Site

Pre-game thoughts
If you are the Pittsburgh Pirates, you certainly aren’t happy with where you are. Yet, you are on top of the St. Louis Cardinals in the standings. I have the uneasy feeling that the same won’t be said when the season ends. Through the first quarter of the season, the Pirates have had some decent pitching and a terrible offense. The Cards have been worse on both accounts. They rank 15th in runs scored in the NL and 15th in ERA in the NL. The Pirates are 14th in runs scored but have averaged nearly 0.5 more runs per game. The Cards have shown some offensive life recently, having collected double digits in hits in five of their last six games.
Zach Duke has pitched pretty well of late. He’s allowed more than two earned runs in just one of his last five starts. Yet, thanks to poor run support, he has no wins in that time. In two career starts at Busch Stadium (the third) he’s 0-1 with a 4.15 ERA. Juan Encarnacion has had the most success against Duke. He’s 7-13 with 5 RBI. Much of the St. Louis team has hit Duke pretty well. Albert Pujols, who is unfortunately heating up, is 4-10. Scott Rolen is 4-6 and Scott Spiezio is 3-7. Preston Wilson is just 1-6 but owns the only homer hit by current Cards off of Duke.
Adam Wainwright has faced the Pirates twice this year. He pitched well but got a no decision on 4/11. Six days later he was the loser after giving up four earned runs in a 6-1 loss. He was beaten badly by LA last time out, surrendering 8 runs in less than 3 IP. Three of Xavier Nady’s 19 hits against RHP in 2007 have come against Wainwright in 5 ABs. Jack Wilson who has five hits in 9 ABs against Wainwright, has the most career ABs against the opponent. Adam LaRoche is the only current Buc to homer off him.
In the notes section of the Post-Gazette we have the official word on two fronts: Brian Rogers was called up from Indy and Shawn Chacon will replace Tony Armas Jr. in the rotation.
Press Pass notes are here.
In-game Thoughts
Bucs have Chris Duffy on the bench. Nady is in CF. Ryan Doumit is in right and Ronny Paulino is at short. Jack Wilson is batting 8th.
Pirates got to Wainwright early, with Nady delivering a run scoring single. With one gone Doumit and Paulino failed to bring a runner home. Duke put the first two batters on before getting the heart of the order out without any damage.
Reds should-be Hall of Fame broadcaster, former pitcher and former BP pitcher Joe Nuxhall has always liked to say that if you swing the bat, you are dangerous. Wainwright proved the Ol’ Lefthander correct again with a two run double in the second.
Somehow the Pirates have managed 9 hits and one walk in four innings and only got two of those runners home. Waiting on a big hit. It’s 3-2 Cards after 3.5.
It’s 6-2 in the bottom of the 6th. It could be worse. The Cards have hit into three double plays and Doumit threw out two Redbirds at home in the 5th. Brian Rogers relieved Duke with 2 out in the fifth and gave up a single that scored one run. On that hit, Doumit threw out Yadier Molina at the plate.
Call me confused: Shawn Chacon relieved Rogers to start the bottom of the 6th. And he gave up a three run dinger to Dave Duncan’s kid.
This is uncalled for. Jason Bay was just HBP in the 7th. Is it me or does Tony LaRussa hate the Pirates. No need to throw at Bay. Maybe I’m overreacting. Maybe they didn’t throw at him.
Monday Night Thoughts
That was the worst season of 24 yet. But, I still watched it all. And I’ll watch it all again next year. I’m that kinda guy. I thought it was convenient that William Devane’s house was, apparently, a two minute walk up the beach for Jack. Of course, every time I see William Devane, I think of The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training. Let them play!

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Randy Linville

Randy is currently living and thriving in suburban Dayton, OH with his wife and two kids. He was raised in Cincinnati, OH and attended Anderson High School. He went to Miami University (Ohio) and received a degree in Paper Science Engineering from MU. He is a devout Christian and a pop culture buff. He coaches his son’s baseball and basketball teams and his daughters softball and basketball teams. Randy has been a Pirates fan since the late 1970s and has fond memories of the 1979 World Series team. He began blogging for Most Valuable Network in 5/2004 after stumbling across a help-wanted sign for a Pirates blogger. He wrote for Pittsburgh Lumber Co. until the site merged with Pirates Prospects in 2/2011.

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  • Cory Humes

    I like the Rogers move. Time to find out what these kids have.

  • Deter

    I agree….isn’t about time that all those high draft picks on pitching start to pay off….opppps….I guess we really can’t say that can we…… many first round picks went under the knife…..6 of 7 I recall reading at Irate Fans website ….man ..that’s some bad luck…only it’s not bad luck….It’s Pirates baseball……We Will…..blow out your elbow…..

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