Tuesday’s game was one that the Cardinals needed to win. They needed the confidence that came with a win. With the Cards, Pirates, and Cincinnati Reds all going after playoff spots, a win was a must in order to gain ground in the National League Central.
The game took nearly 5 hours from the start to finish.
The Pirates got on the board early with a 3-0 lead following home runs in the first and second innings. It took the Cardinals some time to rally back.
There were several opportunities to tie the game and even win it but nothing would come of those. In the bottom of the 9th inning, Craig did what he does best. He drove in a runner in scoring position to tie the game. Beltran, however, overran second base and was nearly at third base before getting caught in a run-down. As such, the game went into extra innings.
The bases were loaded in the 10th inning but nothing became of that. With runners on the corners in the 11th inning, Seth Maness grounded into a double play. In the 12th inning, it was 3 up and 3 down. In the 13th, Maness was up with bases loaded but struck out to end the inning. Finally, in the 14th inning, the Cards won it on a walk off.
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