Final: Pirates 14, Cardinals 5
The Pirates started off the game on the right track with two runs in the first inning following a Jose Tabata single, Andrew McCutchen double, and a Neil Walker single. But Kevin Correia was unable to hold that lead giving up a run in the 3rd inning and four more in the 4th.
But the Pirates came storming back down 5-2. Pedro Alvarez hit a three-run double with two outs in the 5th inning to tie the game up at five and the Pirates offense just exploded after that.
In the 8th inning, the Bucs added two more runs on a Casey McGehee single and a bases loaded walk by Alvarez. McCutchen capped off the night in the 9th with a three-run homer.
Jose Tabata reached base four times tonight going 2 for 4 with two walks. I am rooting so hard for that guy to get things going. A productive Tabata at the top of the order makes this team a lot better.
Brad Lincoln pitched three scoreless innings of relief with four strikeouts and no walks. Just total night and day between him there and him in the rotation.
Rod Barajas was back in the lineup today after missing three straight games following a knee injury on Monday in Philadelphia. He was 0 for 5, but it’s still good to see him back there.