Final: Pirates 6, Cardinals 3
I couldn’t watch this game, but I did listen to it and from what I heard, it had to be one of the stranger starts a pitcher could have. Bedard started off the game way off as he gave up two runs in the first inning and threw over 55 pitches in his first two innings. However, he then started to dominate Cardinal hitters striking out seven batters in a row at one point. He finished with 11 strikeouts in five innings.
In addition to Bedard’s 11 strikeouts, Jared Hughes had one, Juan Cruz had one, Jason Grilli had two, and Joel Hanrahan finished things off with two of his own. The 17 total strikeouts by Pirates pitchers is the most in modern franchise history (post-1900). The seven straight strikeouts by Bedard is the most consecutive strikeouts of any pitcher in franchise history.
Clint Barmes went 2 for 4 with two doubles and two RBI today. He has just 13 hits on the season, but eight of those have gone for extra bases (2 HR, 6 2B).
Seriously, what more can be said about Pedro lately? He went 2 for 4 today with a huge 2-run home run to left-center field. He has hit in six straight games and has recorded multiple hits in six of his last eight. The only player in the National League with more home runs than him is Matt Kemp.
Andrew McCutchen left in the 4th inning of today’s game due to an illness. McCutchen was the only positional player to not have played yesterday. Hopefully he starts feeling better.
The Pirates’ bullpen continues to impress. Juan Cruz pitched a scoreless inning and still has not given up a run over 10 1/3 innings. Jason Grilli also pitched a scoreless frame and has an unreal K/9 ratio of 16.2. Crazy.
Jose Tabata was 3 for 5 and has a hit in eight of his last nine games. Since April 18th, he has raised his average .133 points.