Oct 3, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals right fielder Carlos Beltran (left) is welcomed back to the dugout after hitting a three-run home run in the third inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates in game one of the National League divisional series playoff baseball game at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals derated the Pirates 9-1. Image Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

PostCards: 2013 NLDS Game 2 – St. Louis Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates

The St. Louis Cardinals host the Pittsburgh Pirates this afternoon at 1 PM/12 PM (Central) exclusively on the MLB Network. In addition to the MLB Network, Cardinals fans can listen to the game on the St. Louis Cardinals Radio Network. ESPN Radio will also have audio coverage of the game.


Lance Lynn will take the mound against Pirates rookie Gerrit Cole. Lynn had a rocky second half of the season and finished the year with a 15-10 record with a 3.97 ERA. In 16 home games, Lynn went 9-3 with a 2.82 ERA–far better than the 5.15 ERA on the road. Against the Pirates, however, Lynn has a 2-1 record with a 5.60 ERA over 5 start.

For Cole, this will be the first time that he will face the Cardinals in his MLB career.

The Cards got to A.J. Burnett very early yesterday. The pitcher gave up seven runs in the third inning without an out. Was he trying to do his best impression of Carlos Marmol? With the seven-run third inning, the Cards set a new NLDS record for runs scored in an inning.

Adam Wainwright pitched 7 strong innings to help the Cards take Game 1. He allowed 3 hits, 1 run, and struck out 9 batters. Only Carlos Martinez and Trevor Rosenthal saw any work out of the bullpen.

With his performance yesterday David Freese has now driven in 27 runs in 32 postseason games. In doing so, he ties Molina for third place in franchise history with 27 RBI a piece. Ahead of them are Albert Pujols (52) and Jim Edmonds (41).

The Cards set a NLDS record with their seven-run third inning, one shy of the MLB-record eight-run fifth the Angels put up in 2002.

Starting Lineups:
St. Louis Cardinals
2B Matt Carpenter
RF Carlos Beltran
LF Matt Holliday
1B Matt Adams
C Yadier Molina
CF Jon Jay
3B David Freese
SS Daniel Descalso
P Lance Lynn

Pittsburgh Pirates
LF Starling Marte
2B Neil Walker
CF Andrew McCutchen
Justin Morneau
RF Marlon Byrd
3B Pedro Alvarez
C Russell Martin
SS Jordy Mercer
P Gerrit Cole

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