The Pirates Destroy the Cardinals 12-2, as Told Through Photos

The Pittsburgh Pirates had a big win over the St. Louis Cardinals last night, taking the opening game of the series with a 12-2 victory. Pirates Prospects photographer David Hague was on hand for the event, and captured a lot of great photos. For the full album of pictures, check out David’s page. Here are the big moments from last nights game, told through David’s photos.

The tarp was on the field, and delayed the start of the game about an hour.

Photo Credit: David Hague

Photo Credit: David Hague

Pedro Alvarez hit a solo homer in the second inning to put the Pirates up 1-0…

Photo Credit: David Hague

Photo Credit: David Hague

…and then he homered again in the fourth inning to give the Pirates a 2-0 lead.

Photo Credit: David Hague

Photo Credit: David Hague

Travis Ishikawa got in on the action, hitting his first homer with the Pirates to put the team up 3-0 in the fourth inning.

Photo Credit: David Hague

Photo Credit: David Hague

Gerrit Cole picked up where he left off at the end of last season, looking like a top of the rotation pitcher. He gave up a two run homer to Matt Carpenter in the fifth inning, but other than that, he was cruising, with two runs allowed on six hits in seven innings.

Photo Credit: David Hague

Photo Credit: David Hague

The Pirates broke the game open in the sixth inning with three runs on four hits. The first run came when Pedro Alvarez scored from second base. The ball beat Alvarez home, but he slid around Yadier Molina, and got his hand on the plate before Molina could make the tag.

Photo Credit: David Hague

Photo Credit: David Hague

The Cardinals thought about challenging the play, but replay clearly showed that Alvarez was safe. That was the end of the night for Shelby Miller, although the Pirates scored two more times that inning after he left the game.

Photo Credit: David Hague

Photo Credit: David Hague

The Pirates added one run in the seventh, then exploded for five runs in the eighth inning, highlighted by an Andrew McCutchen triple.

Photo Credit: David Hague

Photo Credit: David Hague

Cutch finished off the triple by holstering the guns, captured by @piratesgifs.

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Bryan Morris and Justin Wilson each pitched a scoreless inning to close out the game.

Photo Credit: David Hague

Photo Credit: David Hague

Photo Credit: David Hague

Photo Credit: David Hague

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Photo Credit: David Hague

Photo Credit: David Hague

Tim Williams

Author: Tim Williams

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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  • Lee Young

    awesome!!!

  • KauaiCoffee

    Nice work. I hope to see a lot more like this – Go Bucs!

  • Jason

    Great photo presentation.

  • leowalter

    C’mon Tim. Everyone knows the kid that caught the ball with his bucket of popcorn turned that game around.