Pirates Morning Report:

FINAL SCORE: PIRATES 6 CARDINALS 4

WHY THE PIRATES WON: IT WOULDN’T HAVE HAPPEN IF NOT FOR A LITTLE HELP FROM THEIR FRIENDS, THE ST. LOUIS CARDINALS. THEY BOTCHED 2 BUNT PLAYS IN A ROW WITH THROWING ERRORS, WHICH ALLOWED THE PIRATES TO SCORE 2 RUNS IN THE TOP OF THE 2ND. ROANSY CONTRERAS DID NOT HAVE HIS USUAL PINPOINT CONTROL AND GOT TOUCHED UP FOR 3 RUNS IN 4.1 INNINGS. A FLY BALL IN THE TOP OF THE 5TH THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN CAUGHT SEEMED TO OPEN THE GATES FOR THE CARDINALS, AS THEY SCORED 3 RUNS TO TIE THE GAME 4-4. DAVID BEDNAR’S SHUT DOWN 8 OUT SAVE PRESERVED THE WIN, ENDING THE PIRATES 9 GAME LOSING STREAK.

KEY MOMENT OF THE GAME: WITH 2 OUT AND NOBODY ON IN THE TOP OF THE 7TH, WITH THE PIRATES LOOKING LIKE THEY WERE ON THEIR WAY TO NUMBER 10 LOSS IN A ROW, TUCUPITA MARCANO SINGLED TO LEFT FIELD. BRYAN REYNOLDS THEN HIT THE GO-AHEAD HOME RUN TO GIVE THE PIRATES A 6-4 LEAD, THAT THEY NEVER RELINQUISHED. IN A GREAT PITCHER-BATTER BATTLE, CARDINAL PITCHER, ANDRE PALLANTE, THREW JUST ONE TOO MANY CURVE BALLS AND REYNOLDS BLASTED THE LAST ONE IN THE RIGHT FIELD STANDS.

NEXT GAME: FRIDAY NIGHT, GIANTS IN PITTSBURGH. THE PIRATES STAND AT 25-37, SO IT WILL BE TIME FOR THE 62 GAME REPORT LOOKING AT ALL ASPECTS OF THIS PIRATE TEAM. THE FUTURE LOOKS BRIGHT WITH CHANG, VOGELBACH, PEREZ, AND HEMBRE LEADING THE WAY.

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