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

its entirety.

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

innings.

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

field.

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

starting falling.

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.