What a frustrating game. After battling back to take the lead twice — which, given the team’s offensive challenges for much of the season, was impressive — the Cardinals lost to the Pirates 6-4.
Just when the offense had shown some spark, Michael Wacha and Carlos Martinez have off nights. Guess that’s why the Cardinals are back at .500 again with an 18-18 record.
Despite the loss. there were three bright spots in the game — two on offense, one on defense.
1. Peter Bourjos’ awkward but great catch
It wasn’t very pretty (or should I say gorgeous?) but Peter Bourjos lost the ball hit by Starling Marte in the lights, found it, jumped against the wall and managed to make a great catch. Seeing is better than reading the description, for sure — and that picture sure gives you the idea how awkward it looked. But it got the job done. Honorable mention for a bright spot goes to Pete’s triple in the ever-increasing downpour following moment No. 2 below. (Whoever decides what videos to post on MLB’s highlights is obviously not female nor a fan of watching really speedy baserunners — that was a play worth seeing again.)
2. Allen Craig’s three-run homer
Maybe it just took the rain to get Allen Craig going. He came to the plate in the top of the fourth with Jhonny Peralta and Matt Holliday on base — each had singled — and connected for a home run into the Cardinals bullpen. It gave the Cards a 3-2 lead … which only lasted until the bottom of the fifth, but let’s focus on a positive. Craig also singled in the eighth.
3. Jhonny Peralta’s homer
Jhonny Peralta now has eight home runs in 2014, after this tie-breaking blast in the seventh (a lead that lasted even less time than their first one … oh well). Of Peralta’s homers, half have come against the Pirates.
And, that’s about it. Peralta was two for four on the night, as was Craig, and even Mark Ellis got a hit. But Yadi continues his mini-slump with another 0 for four game, and Matt Adams was 0 for four as well. (Hey, did you know he went to Slippery Rock University??? And that he’s from Pennsylvania???)
Here’s hoping tonight can be a complete game, with good offense and defense and pitching. Lance Lynn and Edinson Volquez are the starters, with game time again at 6:05 p.m. Central.
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