MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
St. Louis0 0 4 0 0 2 2 0 2 10110
Pittsburgh0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 162
  W: A. Wainwright (11-9)   L: S. Brault (4-4)
4:05 PM PT5:05 PM MT6:05 PM CT7:05 PM ET19:05 ET23:05 GMT7:05 4:05 PM MST6:05 PM EST6:35 PM VEN3:05 UAE (+1)6:05 PM CT, September 7, 2019
PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania  Attendance: 23,996

Pirates look to trip up Cardinals again

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According to STATS

St. Louis Cardinals at Pittsburgh Pirates

  1. St. Louis and Pittsburgh play a three-game set, their last series against one another this year. The Cardinals are 12-4 against the Pirates this year and have won the season series each of the previous five seasons. St. Louis has scored 6.83 runs per game in PNC Park this season, their most in any ballpark.
  2. The Cardinals had an MLB-high 133 errors last year but have the fewest errors in baseball this season with 59. No team in major league history has gone from worst to first in total errors in consecutive seasons.
  3. The Pirates dropped two of three against the Marlins but are 9-4 in their last 13 games after starting the second half 8-30. Over their 13-game hot stretch, Pittsburgh is batting .318 as a team with 21 home runs and a .906 OPS.
  4. Yadier Molina enters the series on a 12-game hit streak, the longest active streak in the majors. Molina entered play on Aug. 23 slashing .253/.285/.352 but has a slash line of .435/.490/.783 since starting his streak. He has as many homers (four) in his last 10 games as he had in his first 83 games of the year.
  5. Bryan Reynolds is batting .267 and slugging .356 against the Cardinals this year, compared to a .340 batting average and .559 slugging percentage against all other opponents. Since Aug. 1, Reynolds is second in the majors with 47 hits (Anthony Rendon, Was, 49).
  6. The Cardinals took three of four from the Giants with Paul DeJong hitting two home runs in the series. His 26 home runs this season are the most ever by a Cardinals shortstop, breaking his own previous record of 25 in 2017.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/6/2019 thru 9/8/2019

The Pittsburgh Pirates, on paper, looked like a good team for St. Louis to face this weekend as the Cardinals attempt to pad their lead in the National League Central.

The Pirates had just lost two of three to the Miami Marlins, owners of the worst record in the NL. The Cardinals had won eight in a row against the Pirates as well as all six games at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, site of this series.

Yet the NL Central basement-dwelling Pirates go into Saturday's game against the Cardinals with some confidence after they came from behind with a six-run seventh inning Friday to open the series with a 9-4 win.

"Coming off a tough series against the Marlins, we didn't really play as well as we should have or as well as we could, so we tried to turn it around right here," Pirates second baseman Adam Frazier told AT&T Sportsnet after the game.

Frazier had a two-run triple Friday, has reached base safely in 16 straight games, and has a double, two triples, two homers and seven RBIs in his past five contests.

"St. Louis is still in it. They're fighting for a lot. So we've got to bring it each and every day. The season's not over, so we're still trying to get better," Frazier said.

On Saturday, St. Louis right-hander Adam Wainwright (10-9, 4.30 ERA) is scheduled to start against Pittsburgh left-hander Steven Brault (4-3, 3.88).

Wainwright will tie a career high with his fifth start in one season against Pittsburgh. He is 15-7 with a 4.33 ERA in 41 career appearances, 35 of them starts, vs. the Pirates, including 2-0 with a 4.09 ERA in the four starts this year.

On Monday, Wainwright pitched seven scoreless, four-hit innings in a 3-1 win over the San Francisco Giants.

He credited the strong outing on a trip down memory lane -- beforehand, he watched video from some of his best games over the past decade.

"Just kind of rechanneled that focus that I had, that attack mentality I used to have," Wainwright told reporters. "I had sort of gotten away from that (over a few starts) and I wanted to attack. Try to be me."

Brault is coming off one of the biggest games of his career. Not just because he got the win Sunday at Colorado by giving up two runs (one earned) on four hits in 6 1/3 innings, but even more so because he belted his first career homer, and a booming one at that.

"Probably the homer just because I don't get to do that very often," Brault said when asked which feat meant more. "It's the first home run I've hit in a long time, so I would probably say that's cooler. But the pitching performance was also fun."

Brault has settled in pretty well as more than just a default member of the rotation, which has been hit hard by injuries. He is 3-2 with a 3.38 ERA in his 15 starts and has allowed just 23 runs, 21 of them earned, over his past 13 outings.

Against the Cardinals, Brault is 0-1 with a 5.52 ERA in 10 career appearances, four of them starts. This year, he is 0-1 with a 9.90 ERA in three outings vs. St. Louis, two of them starts.

--Field Level Media

Updated September 7, 2019

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