Cardinals-Pirates game rained out after 2 innings
Jake Westbrook still hasn’t figured out the Pittsburgh
For a day anyway, it didn’t matter.
Pittsburgh roughed up the St. Louis Cardinals veteran
righthander with four first-inning runs on Tuesday, but a violent
thunderstorm storm hit at the end of the second inning and the game
was called following a delay of 1 hour, 24 minutes with the Pirates
leading 4-2. No makeup date was immediately announced.
Westbrook began the night looking for his 100th career win
facing a team he is just 1-7 against. Those numbers didn’t appear
to get any better after the Pirates turned five consecutive singles
into four runs.
The cancellation Westbrook to reset his ERA to this season 0.00
and buy him some time to get a handle on the Pirates.
”It was just one of those things that I wasn’t as sharp as I
needed to be,” Westbrook said.
Westbrook added it’s a little strange his nemesis is a team that
isn’t exactly known for its firepower.
”I wish I could put my finger on it,” he said. ”I think I had
this conversation last year … it’s not like we don’t face these
guys again. I’ve got to do my work to figure out what I need to do
to get these guys out. I’ve got to make better pitches.”
Manager Mike Matheny said there are no plans to alter the
rotation despite the cancellation. Westbrook’s next scheduled start
is Sunday in Philadelphia. After that Westbrook would face the
Pirates in St. Louis on April 27.
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. St.
Louis spring training star Shane Robinson made his first start of
the season and walked 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
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 began the night 2-0 with zero earned runs charged to
him in 15 2-3 innings this season. It didn’t take long for
Pittsburgh to break through.
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 started
NOTES: 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.