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.
Pedro Alvarez hit a solo homer in the second inning to put the Pirates up 1-0…
…and then he homered again in the fourth inning to give the Pirates a 2-0 lead.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Pirates added one run in the seventh, then exploded for five runs in the eighth inning, highlighted by an Andrew McCutchen triple.
Cutch finished off the triple by holstering the guns, captured by @piratesgifs.
Bryan Morris and Justin Wilson each pitched a scoreless inning to close out the game.