Cardinals-Pirates game rained out after 2 innings
Rain has wiped out Tuesday night’s game between the St. Louis
Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates.
The storm hit at the end of the second inning with the Pirates
leading 4-2, and the game was called after a delay of 1 hour, 24
minutes. No makeup date was immediately announced.
The cancellation allows St. Louis starter Jake Westbrook to
reset his ERA to 0.00. The right-hander has struggled against the
Pirates in his career, and Pittsburgh turned five consecutive
singles in the first inning into four runs.
Pittsburgh starter Jonathan Sanchez – who came in with a 12.96
ERA – allowed two runs in the first inning but retired the side in
order in the second.
Matt Holliday had an RBI single for St. Louis. Garrett Jones,
Neil Walker and Pedro Alvarez all had RBI singles for Pittsburgh.
None of it will count, however, and the game will be replayed in
The cancellation allows Pittsburgh’s depleted bullpen to get a
needed day of rest. The Pirates called up reliever Vin Mazzaro from
Triple-A Indianapolis on Tuesday for some help after starter James
McDonald managed to get through just 1 1-3 innings in a 10-6 loss
to the Cardinals on Monday, forcing long relievers Justin Wilson
and Bryan Morris to work a combined 6 1-3 innings.
Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle hoped Sanchez – who made the
team out of spring training as a non-roster invitee – would be able
work deep enough to get to the setup guys. It hasn’t been the best
start to the season for the left-hander. He was roughed up by
Arizona in his previous start, allowing nine runs in 3 1-3
It looked like more of the same in the first inning Tuesday.
Sanchez walked Cardinals spring training star Shane Robinson on
four pitches to start the game. Carlos Beltran followed with a
single two pitches later and Holliday dumped Sanchez’s next
offering into center, bringing home Robinson.
Allen Craig lined out to shortstop Clint Barmes, but the
typically solid Barmes made his second error in as many days when
his attempt to double off Beltran at second ended up in right
Beltran moved to third and then scored on Yadier Molina’s
grounder to first.
Westbrook has allowed zero earned runs in 15 2-3 innings this
season. But the right-hander came in 1-7 with a 5.28 ERA against
the Pirates, who started a lineup that had a combined career
average of .376 against him.
Jose Tabata singled with one out, the first of five straight
singles by the Pirates. A rare gaffe by the St. Louis defense
helped. With runners on first and third and one out, Russell Martin
hit a chopper back to the mound and Westbrook threw to second to
try and start a double play. Second baseman Matt Carpenter was late
covering and was charged with an error when the ball sailed into
center as Walker scored.
Both pitchers settled down in the second before the rain
NOTES: Hurdle said he expects RHP James McDonald to make his
next start Saturday against Atlanta. McDonald gave up eight runs
(three earned) in 1 1-3 innings of a 10-6 loss to the Cardinals on
Monday. McDonald, whose velocity is down from a year ago, said he’s
just going through a tough stretch and is not injured. …
Pittsburgh RHP Charlie Morton is expected to make a start at
extended spring training on Thursday. Morton is recovering from
Tommy John surgery. … The series wraps up Wednesday when
Pittsburgh RHP A.J. Burnett (0-2, 3.71 ERA) faces Shelby Miller
(2-0, 1.46). … Before the game, the Pirates held a moment of
silence for victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.