Final Score: Pirates 8 Cardinals 2
How The 2023 Pirates Did: From the mid 1920’s to the mid 1930’s the Cardinals had one of the winningest teams in baseball that was nicknamed the Gas House Gang. The current Cardinals met a Pirate team that could be termed the Gaffe House Gang. They made more gaffes in the field and on the bases in this one game than most teams do in an entire month. They even turned a single into an inning ending double play. You don’t want to know. Despite all the miscues and mental errors, the 2023 Pirates came through with a resounding victory over the 1st place Cardinals. They pounded out 15 hits lead by Oneil Cruz’s triple, double, single and 3 RBI’s. The entire lineup got at least 1 hit each. Cal Mitchel got 3 hits. I can even stomach Ben Gamel as the DH. I only have to reach for the Pepsid when he puts a glove on. I can see Gamel being the DH next year, so this was a 10-man 2023 team. Roansy Contreras pitched well again despite some defensive gaffes including one of his own by not catching a toss from Michael Chavis at first base. The bullpen held up well and the Pirates had the nice 8th inning to sew the game up. The 2023 Pirates evened up their record to 4-4 with this badly played game. Are they really that good that they can make that many mistakes and still beat the Cardinals by 6 runs. Hell yeah!
Key Moment of The Game: In the top of the 4th with the Pirates leading 1-0, Contreras got Goldschmidt and Arenado to ground out to start the inning. Then it looked like things might start to unravel. Corey Dickerson doubled, Contreras walked the next batter, and then Jason Delay butchered this little chopper in front of the plate to load the bases. Contreras then got Andrew Knizner to pop out to Oneil Cruz to end the threat. The Pirates scored 3 runs in the bottom of the 5th and never looked back.
Next Game: Tonight, Cardinals in Pittsburgh. Will the 2023 Pirates take the field tonight, only The Shadow knows. Youth was served last night, and the young Bucs set baseball back about 100 years but won anyway. Will they have the opportunity tonight.?