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The Official St. Louis Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates thread 15/06/06

Vegito728

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Okay here's my preview of today's game 3.


Pitching matchup
STL: LHP Mark Mulder (5-4, 5.20 ERA)
Mulder's slump continued last Friday in Milwaukee. In only three innings of work, Mulder surrendered six runs on five hits, while walking three and striking out three. Mulder has been unable to stop the bleeding in each of his last three starts, watching innings spiral out of hand. If he can minimize damage when he gets in trouble, he'll be much more successful.

PIT: RHP Victor Santos (4-6, 4.50 ERA)
Santos has rebounded from a tough start to the season by earning wins in three of his last four decisions. Last Friday night against San Francisco, the right-hander limited the Giants to two runs on three hits in seven innings. It marked the fifth consecutive appearance in which Santos allowed two earned runs or fewer.

Player to watch
Well known as a Cardinal-killer, Joe Randa has drilled Mulder over their careers. Randa is 16-for-43 (.372) against the lefty with four doubles and two home runs.
 

Vegito728

Registered Member
Okay here's my review of game 3.



Chris Duncan tripled and doubled to key a pair of two-run rallies and the St. Louis Cardinals won despite another subpar start by Mark Mulder, beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-5 Thursday.

Mulder (6-4), coming off three consecutive ineffective outings, lasted five innings and got the win despite giving up nine hits and four runs. He has permitted 23 earned runs and 36 hits in 19 innings over his last four starts, a 10.89 ERA.

But, as usual, Mulder beat the Pirates -- he is 6-0 with a 2.68 ERA in eight career starts against a team that struggles against St. Louis. The Cardinals are 34-12 in Pittsburgh since PNC Park opened in 2001 and have won 12 of their last 16 series against the Pirates, losing one and splitting three.

The Pirates had plenty of chances against Mulder and three relievers, getting home runs from Jose Bautista, Jose Castillo and Jeromy Burnitz. But all were solo shots -- Burnitz's was his third in six at-bats as a pinch hitter -- and the Pirates left eight on base.

Pittsburgh had a chance to go ahead following a gamble by Cardinals manager Tony La Russa to allow reliever Adam Wainwright to bat for himself in the seventh with two on and two outs in a one-run game. Wainwright grounded out, then let the Pirates load the bases on Jack Wilson's single and two walks before getting Castillo on the third flyout of the inning to center fielder Jim Edmonds.

Braden Looper followed Wainwright's two scoreless innings by retiring all three batters he faced in the eighth. Jason Isringhausen finished for his 22nd save in 26 opportunities and club-record 162nd with the Cardinals. He broke Lee Smith's record of 160 on Tuesday night.

The Pirates led 2-1 before Duncan tripled, and Gary Bennett and Mulder walked ahead of So Taguchi's two-out single off Victor Santos (4-7) in the fourth. An inning later, Duncan followed Juan Encarnacion's single and Hector Luna's walk to tie it at 4 with a double off reliever Ryan Vogelsong. Bennett's run-scoring groundout made it 5-4.

The Cardinals added another run in the sixth on Scott Rolen's RBI single, his eighth hit of the three-game series.

Santos was coming off a series of strong outings in which he gave up six runs in five games, but was lifted after allowing five runs and seven hits in 4 1/3 innings. Vogelsong didn't help, allowing both of the runners he inherited from Santos to score in the fifth.

Cardinals-6 - Pirates-5

And here are some game notes
The Pirates are 7-20 in one-run games, the most such losses in the majors. ... Duncan was lifted for pinch-hitter Aaron Miles in the ninth despite being 3-for-4 with three consecutive hits. ... The Cardinals are 21-8 in day games. ... The Pirates haven't won a series against St. Louis since sweeping three games June 28-30, 2004, in Pittsburgh. ... Burnitz, bothered recently by a sore left calf, has 10 homers overall. ... With Pirates manager Jim Tracy attending his youngest son's high school graduation in suburban Los Angeles, bench coach Jim Lett managed the team. ... Mulder has given up 10 runs and 14 hits in eight innings over his last two starts.
 
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