Pujols Powers Cards Past Pirates

Albert Pujols went 4-4 including a solo homer in the first and a single leading off the Cardinals three run fourth inning to push St. Louis past Zach Duke and the Bucs. Duke didn’t have his best outing, but he was okay. He gave up four in 5-1/3. The big blow in the fourth was a two run triple from Chris Duncan. Mitchell Boggs started for St. Louis and ran up a high pitch count before being pulled after Nate McLouth’s...

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Pirates Game 4 Recap: Carpenter shuts down offense

The Pirates lost to the Cardinals today, evening the series at 2-2. While any loss is disappointing, this one had some encouraging aspects, and some good moments. Ross Ohlendorf had a strong outing, going six innings and allowing seven hits, one walk, and two earned runs. He was helped by some solid defense, such as a great running catch by Nyjer Morgan, and a double play by Brandon Moss, with the second out coming from a throw out at...

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Carpenter Masterful as Cards Earn a Split

Chris Carpenter tossed 6-2/3 innings of no hit baseball to help St. Louis split the first four games of the 2009 season. Carpenter picked up his first win since 2006 for his effort.   The Pirates scratched out a run off of Carpenter thanks to a walk, two fielder’s choices and an error by Albert Pujols. It didn’t hold up. Ross Ohlendorf was very effective. He didn’t allow a run through six innings, having allowed...

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Card Bats, Lohse's Arm Beat Back Bucs

Anyone with delusions of a perfect season can put them to rest. Kyle Lohse was solid in seven innings, giving up just five hits and three runs. Two of those runs came from a Freddy Sanchez homer. Ian Snell gave up at least one run in each of the innings that he worked. St. Louis tagged him for five extra base hits and four singles. One of those XBH was Yadier Molina’s first triple since 2005. Pirate batters managed just one...

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