Game 98 Recap: Cards Pounce in Fifth

D'Arnaud had two hits in the loss.

I’d like to think the offense will get better. I’d like to think the Pirates can stay in it. A game like this – plus 18 years of futility – are draining the optimism from me. Yet the Bucs are one game out of first and that’s really more than I could’ve hoped for back in March. St. Louis used a five run fifth to beat up on Kevin Correia and the Pirates. They took the second game of the weekend set 9-1.

Correia’s woes at home continued. St. Louis jumped out in front 2-0 in the second inning. Matt Holliday doubled and Lance Berkman walked. One out later Yadier Molina and Daniel Descalso hit back-to-back run scoring singles.

The Pirates would cut that lead in half in the bottom of the second. Matt Diaz doubled and moved up on a passed ball. A single from Brandon Wood off St. Louis starter Jaime Garcia scored Diaz. The Pirates would get no closer.

The fateful inning started off poorly and got worse. Skip Schumaker, Jon Jay and Albert Pujols hit consecutive singles to start the inning and plate one run. One out later Lance Berkman put one over the fence for a three run homer. Molina would later hit a solo homer to make it 7-1.

St. Louis tacked on two runs in the ninth. Jose Veras walked both Albert Pujols and Nick Punto. They would score on RBI at bats from David Freese and Gerald Laird to make the final 9-1.

Garcia cruised and was aided by a trio of double plays from the Pirates. He wouldn’t give up two hits in the same inning again until he departed with one gone in the eighth after allowing singles to Michael McKenry and Chase D’Arnaud. Jason Motte relieved and got two straight outs to strand the runners. P.J. Walters pitched a perfect ninth to end it.

Correia was pulled after Molina’s dinger in the fifth. He went 4-2/3 and gave up seven runs. He gave up eight hits and three walks. Garcia gave up a single run in 7-1/3 innings. He allowed eight hits and walk. He whiffed five.

The Good
D’Arnaud and Diaz each had two hits.

Tony Watson tossed three innings of scoreless relief.

The Bad
Correia and Veras were both hit hard.

The Rest
Correia is 2-3 against St. Louis. Garcia is now 1-1 against Pittsburgh.

Another sellout crowd was on hand.

Pittsburgh is 4-4 since the All-Star break and is averaging just three runs per game.

Bucs have gone six straight games without a dinger. Their longest streak on the year is seven games from 6/17 to 6/24.

Author: 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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  • Anonymous

    Did it seem like it was men vs. boys last night?  Correia was throwing batting practice and most of theBuc’s lineup, with the exception of Cutch and Walker (and maybe Cedeno) belong on the bench or in the minor leagues.  The Card’s 3-4-5 hitters are mighty imposing.

    Let’s get healthy, get Pedro back, and go Karsten’s!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_J773D2N5D635MNWTX5VC3AKT6E Bill

    http://buccobillblog.blogspot.com/2011/07/pretenders-or-contenders.html

    Did anyone expect a win with Steve Pearce, Matt Diaz and Brandon Wood in the lineup??

  • Anonymous

    Your draining the optimism quote is very accurate.

    Correia has slipped past being dependable.

    Veras on his off nights is very ugly.

    The Pearce-Diaz-Wood combo is deadly. Albert, Matt and Lance are deadly. Slight difference in the two.

    July 31st approaches. NH picks up a minor league RP for free.

    Hope for a win today.