In his first four starts of the year, JT Brubaker did everything that could be asked of from a starting pitcher, which is to give his team a chance to win the game; and in Friday night’s contest he did the same thing again. Sure if you just looked at the pitching line, or the summary, the picture might not be as clear, as he did allow seven hits and three earned runs; however, the only real mistake he made was on the fourth inning, no doubt home run off the bat of Tyler O’Neil. The two RBI doubles from Nolan Arenado were both bloops, one that was ridiculously misplayed by Kevin Newman and Ka’ai Tom; who didn’t have the best night in his starting debut for the Pirates.
On the base paths Tom somehow had a mental lapse that caused him to take a wide turn around second on sacrifice bunt from Brubaker; ending in a fairly unnatural double play. But hey, that guy can sure take a walk; three on the day to be exact. Although, it seemed like the Cardinal’s pitchers were giving out walks, a total of nine to be exact; as well as a balk and a wild pitch. Unfortunately, the Pirates couldn’t take advantage of these mistakes by only scoring one run outside of the two gimmes from Kodi Whitely, who somehow was awarded with a hold.
St. Louis, however, jumped on every misstep by Pittsburgh; capped off by a pitch that Duane Underwood Jr. left over the fat part of the plate to Matt Carpenter for a three run homer, to put them up 6-1, and the error by Adam Frazier that ended the scoring in a 7-3 victory for the Cardinals.
News and Notes:
- After walking four batters in his first start of the season, JT Brubaker has given only one free pass over the next 23.1 innings. During the same time he has struck out 24, including 7 Cardinals tonight.
- Kevin Newman looked more like the player from Spring Training than he has all year so far, with two well struck singles; finally bringing his average up over .200.
- Pittsburgh area native, David Bednar has continued his early season success with three strikeouts in two scoreless innings of work. On the year Bednar has a 1.83 ERA, a .93 WHIP and 11 Ks in 9.2 innings.
- The Pirates need Ke’Bryan Hayes back in the worst way, but mostly due to the void that has been left in the number two spot in the lineup in his absence; including Erik Gonzalez’s 0 for 5 night.
- Adam Frazier already has four errors on the year. Only three more and he matches his combined total from the past two seasons.
Tomorrow the Pirates are in for a challenge as they face off against Cardinal’s ACE, Jack Flaherty (4-0, 3.18 ERA). For the Pirates, Trevor Cahill (1-2, 7.11 ERA), looks to break his good start-bad start pattern, and get Pittsburgh back to .500.