Pirates swept by the Cardinals, losing again 2-1

Apr 20, 2017, 08:51
Pirates swept by the Cardinals, losing again 2-1

The Cardinals won back-to-back games for the first time this season to improve to 5-9.

If there is any aspect of Cole's start (and most of his starts this year) to pick on, it is the fact that Cole has been giving up too many home runs.

Wacha allowed one run and four hits in 6 2/3 innings. Unlike Leake's previous two starts, this one came with much less in the swing-and-miss department.

HOUSTON - Charlie Morton and three relievers combined for a five-hitter, Jose Altuve drove in two runs and Houston beat Los Angeles for its fifth straight win. "When you go through a rotation and see we've not pitched the way were capable of or played the way were capable of, you want to be the guy that kind of gets us going and stops it". Throwing an efficient 95 pitches, with 60% of them for strikes, vintage Leake makes for a quick game due to both his pace on the mound and the sound defensive play from the gloves behind him. The victory was the Brewers' sixth in the last seven games. Maybe all pitchers should throw sinkers and work as quick as Leake! Gregory Polanco then hit a two-out pinch-hit double to score Bell and cut the Cardinal lead to 2-1.

Francisco Cervelli grounded out back to the pitcher. After a rocky start to his career in St. Louis, Cecil has now been ideal in his last four appearances.

While the starting pitching has been better lately, closer Seung-Hwan Oh has been awful.

YANKEES 7, WHITE SOX 4 Jordan Montgomery took a shutout into the seventh inning for his first major league win, Matt Holliday homered in his return to the lineup and the New York Yankees romped to their eighth consecutive victory by beating the Chicago White Sox. After Josh Bell flew out for the second out, Andrew McCutchen walked to load the bases.

So where does the panic meter sit with Oh at the moment?

St. Louis has struggled a bit on offense this year. Matheny has rightfully gifted him a long leash after a dominant 2016 campaign, even with Trevor Rosenthal's resurgence looming in the set-up role. Afterward, Cole was miffed with his execution, saying, "He was just one step ahead of us there, again". He had a 1.92 ERA in 79 2/3 innings previous year, along with 19 saves.

No need to panic at the moment, but the situation is one to keep an eye on.

Just like Mike Leake, this is efficient, but not exactly how Matheny, or any fan, would draw up a W. It's not often that a team gets almost tripled in the hits column and musters a win. Freeman had four hits and drove in three runs.

St. Louis Cardinals' Dexter Fowler is congratulated by teammates after hitting a solo home run during the third inning of a baseball game Pittsburgh Pirates Wednesday, April 19, 2017, in St. Louis. The Cardinals' second run came on a double Greg Garcia smoked into the right field gap, scoring Jose Martinez. Garcia was thrown out trying to stretch it into a triple. Although that wasn't particularly on display tonight, he really didn't make many mistakes that the Cardinals could have capitalized on.

"Sometimes the ball doesn't bounce your way", Cole said.

Over on the Cardinals' side, they're coming out of a series against the Yankees this past weekend.

After spending the first 13 games of the season in right field, McCutchen recouped his old position in center.

"I really hate losing, especially when I don't do my job", Lynn said.