Starling Marte went hitless Tuesday night, and fans are focusing on his 9th-inning error. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
That was an awful way for the Pirates to lose. From dropped fly balls, to missed scoring chances, to standing still at third base, to not taking advantage of near-miraculous bullpen escapes...
But the result of Pittsburgh's 4-3 extra-innings loss to the Cardinals is very simple: instead of leading the National League Central by four games, they lead it by two games. That is the true result of dropping the series opener at St. Louis' Busch Stadium, as much as fans' hearts raced and collective blood pressure rose.
Man, did they have their chances though. The greatest role in the Pirates losing was going scoreless and collected only six hits in the final 12 innings.
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