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Sloppy baserunning costs Cardinals early runs

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By Scott Bierman By Scott Bierman

(BaseballStL) -- The St. Louis Cardinals appeared to have the opportunity to put a lopsided number on the scoreboard in the top of the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday.

Questionable baserunning would ruin that chance despite St. Louis taking an early 1-0 lead.

Jon Jay led off the game with a single and would advance on an infield single hit by Matt Carpenter. With the runners on first and second, Matt Holliday drilled a ball high off the top of the right field wall, but would get caught in a rundown caused when Jay elected to stay closer to second base in case he needed to tag to advance on the play.

This resulted in Jay to be held at third base by base coach Jose Oquendo. Holliday kept running to second base, which was occupied by Carpenter. The would-be double resulted in an out and runners on second and third base.

Jay would score on the next play when Allen Craig grounded into a fielder’s choice to third baseman Pedro Alvarez, who bobbled the ball but kept it in front of him. Carpenter, trying to advance bases, ran into an out at third base for the second out in the inning. Craig would be stranded at first base after Carlos Beltran flew out for the final out in the first inning.

In the end, what probably should have been a multiple-run inning for the Cardinals resulted in only one run.

The Pirates tied the game in the bottom half of the first inning after the first two batters reached base before Garrett Jones singled a run in to score.

The sloppy baserunning wouldn’t cost the Cardinals, who scored seven runs in the second inning en route to a 10-6 victory.

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