Final Score: Pirates 3 Cardinals 4
How the 2023 Pirates Did: Mitch Keller pitched his best game of the year shutting out the Cardinals on 2hits, 3 walks, striking out 6 over 7 innings, throwing only 91 pitches. The 2023 Pirates could not get the bats going as they only got 4 of the Pirates 7 hits. Jack Suwinski hit a home run in the 7th to put the Pirates ahead 2-0. Oneil Cruz drove in the other run on a force out at 2nd which scored Greg Allen. Unfortunately Chase De Jong simply did not have it, as the Cardinals lit him up like a dry Christmas tree that caught on fire. It was quick but not painless. Pitch one Tommy Edman double. Pitch 4 Corey Dickerson double Pirates lead cut to 2-1. Pitch 7 Albert Pujols home run, Cardinals lead 3-2. Pitch 14 Tyler O’Neil home run Cardinals stretch lead to 4-2. I hope you did not blink. Greg Allen hit a home run in the bottom of the 9th to make it a little closer, but the 2023 Pirates lost another heartbreaker falling to 4-6
Key Moment of The Game: Even though the top of the 9th was painful to watch, it was the bottom of the 3rd I thought was the big moment of the game. The Pirates had 1st and 3rd and nobody out with the top of the order coming up and could only muster the one run. The inning ended on a strike them out throw him out double play. After that inning the Pirates never really threatened again. Their other 2 runs came on bases empty home runs.
Next Game: Tonight, the Reds, in Cincinnati Bryce Wilson goes to the mound tonight and everytime I rag on the guy he pitches a good game. The Reds should score about 7 runs in 3 innings tonight against this pathetic right hander. Will the 2023 Pirates be on the field tonight, who knows, only The Shadow knows.