Game Log: Pirates silence Cardinal bats, win 3-1

Game Log: Pirates silence Cardinal bats, win 3-1

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PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 27: Matt Holliday #7 of the St. Louis Cardinals reacts after striking out in the eighth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the game at PNC Park on August 27, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

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by JJ Bailey / BaseballStL | @TheJJBailey

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Posted on August 27, 2014 at 11:48 AM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 27 at 3:58 PM

PITTSBURGH (BaseballStL) — Both offenses remained in check all the way to the ninth, with the Cardinals getting their final shot against closer Mark Melancon. 

Jhonny Peralta led off with a single, but would stay put on first throughout the inning. 

Jon Jay lined to short, A.J. Pierzynski pinch hit and flew out to left and Daniel Descalso closed the game with a soft fly ball.

The Cardinals drop the series to the Pirates, dropping to 2.5 back in the division. 


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Adam Wainwright has lived on the edge a couple times Wednesday, the most recent coming in the sixth inning. 

After giving up a leadoff single to Harrison, he got two outs. The pace of the game slowed to a crawl as he faced Andrew McCutchen, eventually getting him to fly to center. 

With two away, Neil Walker singled. He was followed by Russell Martin, who hit a dribbler to third and beat out the play at first to load the bases for Ike Davis. 

With five RBIs in the last two days, Davis represented the worst possible batter at the worst possible time for the Cardinals. 

Wainwright dodged disaster, however, getting him to line out to second to end the inning with the bases loaded. 

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Daniel Descalso picked up a parachute base hit in the fifth, floating a ball into shallow left center to lead off the inning. 

Wainwright dropped a sacrifice bunt to move him to second, then Matt Carpenter grounded to Neil Walker to move him to third. 

Randal Grichuk stood in having already doubled. The prospect ripped a ball down the line, but Josh Harrison made a diving stop to snare it. He threw to first just in time to get Grichuk and end the inning. 

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The Pirates figured out Wainwright in the bottom of the third. 

Jeff Locke singled into left field, then quickly moved to second when Josh Harrison slapped a ball off the third base bag into the outfield. 

Travis Snider laid down a bunt that he hustled into a hit, loading the based for Andrew McCutchen with no outs. 

The center fielder soared a ball out to center, scoring Locke from third on the sacrifice fly. 

With runners at the corners, Neil walker struck out to make it two away with Russell Martin at the dish. 

Wainwright struck him out to close the inning, containing the damage to one run. 

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Matt Holliday halved the lead in one swing in the third, pelting his 13th homer over the wall in left field. It was a lined shot that left PNC on a rope, giving the left fielder his 68th RBI of the year. 

It came with two outs, the 211th last chance RBI for the Cardinals this season. 

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Ike Davis struck again Wednesday, giving the Pirates an early lead. 

In the second inning, Wainwright plunked Russell Martin with one out to bring up Davis. Getting a start at first, Davis had already had two blunders in the field. After dropping a pickoff throw from Martin, he let a ball skip under his glove to extend the top half of the second. 

In the bottom, he erased them both with a towering blast to left center. It was almost the exact spot he hit his game-winner Tuesday night, and made it two homers in the last two pitches he has seen from St. Louis pitchers. 

Wainwright would get out of the inning without any further damage, but the Pirates lead 2-0. 

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Jon Jay continues to torment opposing pitchers, leading off the second with a single. 

Unfortunately, a double play followed off the bat of Tony Cruz.

Daniel Descalso started things over with a single past Ike Davis at first, bringing Wainwright to the plate with two outs. 

The Cardinal pitcher put a ball in the left center gap, but Starling Marte ran it down at the track to end the inning.

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Adam Wainwright began Wednesday with a crisp first, striking out two and getting Andrew McCutchen to pop out weakly to short. 

If the Cardinal ace walks away with a victory, he will be baseball’s first 16 game winner. There are six other starters sitting at 15 wins, but only Wainwright and Clayton Kershaw throw Wednesday. 

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In search of a series win in Pittsburgh, the Cardinals got to work early avoiding the no hitter Wednesday afternoon. 

After a pop-fly from Carpenter led off the game with an out, Randal Grichuk responded to his chance to start by pelting a double over the head of Travis Snider to the wall in right field. 

Matt Holliday struck out behind him, but Matt Adams drew an eight pitch walk to bring up Jhonny Peralta. 

 

The shortstop struck out, stranding two. 

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