Cards Salvage Series Split as Bucs Lose 5-4 (9-7)

4/16/23- By Michael Castrignano – @412DoublePlay on Twitter

Pirates led 3-1 going to the bottom of the 6th inning with just 12 outs remaining between them and a rare series victory over the rival Cardinals but they just couldn’t hold it, falling to St. Louis in 10 innings.

The Bucs notched 7 hits and 2 walks off starter Miles Mikolas but were unable to do much damage against him in his 5.2 innings of work.

Mitch Keller danced in-and-out of trouble throughout his starter, leaving the game up to the bullpen after his six innings of work.

Heading to the top of the 10th, they scored Andrew McCutchen off a 1-out groundout by Canaan Smith-Njigba. The lead would not hold as Wil Crowe surrendered an RBI double with 1 out and 2 on to tie the game before Tommy Edman singled in the winning run to walk it off.

News & Notes

  • Keller didn’t have his best stuff today but managed to generate another quality start for Pirates pitchers – the 6th day in a row that they’ve accomplished that feat.
  • Ke’Bryan Hayes had a leadoff triple that bounced past Lars Nootbaar in center field. He scored on a sacrifice fly from Bryan Reynolds.
  • Carlos Santana took a grounder off the chest for the second day in a row but stayed in the game.
  • Jack Suwinski went 2-for-3 with a 2nd inning single and a ground rule double in the 4th, boosting his batting average to .200.
  • Duane Underwood Jr, Colin Holderman and David Bednar each had scoreless appearances, allowing just 3 hits and 1 walk with 2 strikeouts in their 3 innings of work.
  • Before the game, LHP Rob Zastryzny was placed on the 15-day injured list with reported left elbow discomfort. RHP Yohan Ramirez was recalled to take his spot on the roster. This leaves only rule 5 draft pick Jose Hernandez as the lone lefty in the Pirates pen.
  • The Pirates will travel to Colorado to face the Rockies tomorrow night. First pitch is at 8:40pm. Let’s Go Bucs!

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