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Pirates at Cardinals, Game 143 Thread


Yesterday, the Cardinals won again! They’ve scored seventeen runs in the past two days and regained control of the NL Central Division lead. Now it’s time for Michael Wacha to lead the way and sweep the Pirates right out of town.

Opposing the rookie starter is Charlie Morton. He is 7-3 with a 3.00 ERA this year, but is 0-1 with a 5.25 ERA against the Cardinals. With the way the Cardinals offense has been hitting, they should be able to put up some runs and give Wacha a lead to work with.

Matt Adams and Jon Jay are back in the lineup with a right-hander on the mound for the Pirates. Strangely, however, Matheny has chosen to leave Pete Kozma in the lineup. His lukewarm bat (2 hits in 2 nights) may currently be the best shortstop option for the Cardinals right now.

As the Cardinals finish up this three game series against the Pirates and the thirteen game stretch against their division rivals, I have to say that it’s gone pretty well. Win or lose tonight, the Cardinals have remained in the thick of the NL Central race and have won at least 6 of their 13 games against very tough teams.

Today, let’s make it seven out of thirteen. Go Cardinals! Leave your comments below.

Useful Fact: Today’s game is free, courtesy of MLB.tv. Just go to MLB.com, click the little TV next to the game score on the left hand side of the screen, and enjoy!

Sad Fact: The Pirates have won 81 games so far this season, guaranteeing them a non-losing season. Since their eighty-first victory, the Pirates have lost three straight, meaning that they are still not guaranteed a winning season. Hopefully, it stays that way today.

Fun Fact: If you say “Wacha” repeatedly, quickly, you will find yourself making the Pacman sound. For real. Try it.

Tags: Game Thread St Louis Cardinals

  • Ovadia

    Welcome to today’s game thread. Please feel free to comment about the game or anything else. Let’s go Cardinals.

  • Ovadia

    1-2-3 inning!

  • Ovadia

    Base hit!

  • Ovadia

    Good! All the way around. Let’s go.

  • Ovadia

    3-0 to Holliday!

  • Ovadia

    Walked the bases loaded! No outs, and here comes Carlos. Let’s just stay out of the double play.

  • Ovadia

    Sac fly, runners on first and third.

  • Ovadia

    Another run and the Cards still get to play.

  • Ovadia

    Base hit and it’s 3-0 Cardinals!

  • Ovadia

    Good start to today’s game. Let’s go get ‘em, Wacha.

  • Ovadia

    Six Pirates down on 23 pitches. Let’s go.

  • Riley

    Nice inning Wacha. He looks sharp so far.

    • Ovadia

      Very sharp. Hopefully he stays that way.

  • Ovadia

    And Pete doubles!

  • Ovadia

    Is September just Pete’s month?

  • Ovadia

    I really like the way that Koz runs bases.

  • Ovadia

    There goes Carp. Doubles in Kozma! 3-0 Cardinals!

  • Ovadia

    Another run on Jay’s double. Three doubles in the inning.

  • Ovadia

    Won’t get out, but Jay gets to third easily. Let’s see what Beltran can do.

  • Ovadia

    Another base runner. 5-0 Cardinals.

  • Ovadia

    Alright, let’s get this game going again.

  • Ovadia

    Oof, Yadi down on a bad swing. Oh well. 5-0 Cardinals.

  • Ovadia

    That was a lame hit. There goes the perfect game/no-hitter for Wacha. Ah well.

  • Ovadia

    Wacha has looked phenomenal today. Let’s go Cardinals!

  • Ovadia

    Let’s go Cardinals.

  • Ovadia

    2 down.

  • Ovadia

    Kozma takes a walk. He’s 1-1 with a walk today. Good to see.

  • Ovadia

    And there’s the inning. Let’s see what Wacha can do from the mound in the fourth.

  • Ovadia

    Now Wacha has given up a walk.

  • Ovadia

    Double play, out of the inning.

  • Ovadia

    And on to the fifth.

  • Ovadia

    Here we go! Let’s get some more runs.

  • Ovadia

    Beltran with a lead off double! And he didn’t enjoy that diving thing. I also like that the umpire just became his caddy.

  • Ovadia

    Let’s go Molina!

  • Ovadia

    Ugly again.

  • Ovadia

    There’s another run on Freese’s single! Cardinals are having a great day. Pirates are getting one-hit, and the Cards have scored more runs than there have been innings.

  • Ovadia

    Base hit for Adams! Let’s go Cards.

  • Ovadia

    Koz has another base hit! 2-2 with a walk today!

  • Ovadia

    And even Wacha can hit this guy! 8-0 CARDINALS!!!

  • Ovadia

    Carpenter not happy with that swing.

  • Ovadia

    Jay draws a walk, bases loaded for Mat Holliday.

  • Ovadia

    Base hit for Holliday and that’s one more run. Let’s go Beltran!

  • Ovadia

    Hard hit, but out.

  • Ovadia

    Michael Wacha has been an absolute beast of late. Let’s hope he keeps it up.

  • Ovadia

    Down on strikes for Wacha.

  • Ovadia

    Six innings for Wacha.

  • Ovadia

    And Freese down on strikes.

  • Ovadia

    Adams just missed that one. Oh well, on to the seventh.

  • Ovadia

    And here comes Wacha again.

  • Ovadia

    Another out for Wacha.

  • Ovadia

    And Wacha gives up his second hit of the day to McCutchen.