Bullpen blows 100th win for Westbrook

Bullpen blows 100th win for Westbrook

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ST. LOUIS, MO - APRIL 27: Starter Jake Westbrook #35 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Busch Stadium on April 27, 2013 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

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by BaseballStL

KMOV.com

Posted on April 27, 2013 at 6:11 PM

Updated Saturday, Apr 27 at 6:20 PM

(BaseballStL) --  No doubt Mike Matheny will be kicking himself over pulling a dominate Jake Westbrook out of the game on a sloppy, foggy day at the ballpark on Saturday.

Westbrook took his seat on the pine heading into the seventh after keeping the Bucs scoreless and despite being south of 100 pitches.

With a 2-0 lead Joe Kelly got the ball and almost immediately served up a single and home run to the first two batters he faced.  With that Westbrook's 100th win was history and the bullpen implosion was underway.

Kelly stayed in long enough to give up another single and a walk before Matheny gave him the hook and brought in Trevor Rosenthal.  It didn't get any better.

With two on and one out, Rosenthal threw a wild pitch advancing the runners to second and third before drilling Tabata square in the ribs with a fastball.

With bases loaded Rosenthal threw a wild pitch to the backstop, but fortunately the Cards got a good bounce sending the ball right back to Molina and holding the runners.

With bases loaded and the dangerous Andrew McCutchen at the plate, Rosenthal walked him giving the Pirates the lead 3-2.

The Cards had a chance to get out of the inning with an infield hit to Daniel Descalso at second, but he muffed the catch killing any chance at the double play and putting the Pirates up 4-2 with two outs.

Rosenthal finally got out of the inning on a weak fly ball to short right field.

All in all, a terrible performance by two of the young guns out of the pen.

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