The Pittsburgh Pirates just wrapped up a three game series with their division rival St. Louis Cardinals. The Cards grabbed the first two games of the series while the Pirates picked up the win in game three.
Game one of the series had the Cardinals claiming the 10-7 victory behind three home runs and four Pittsburgh errors. Although this doesn't say that the Pirates laid down and let them win, they also had several home runs and ended up making this a game worth watching.
The second game of the series proved to be one that the Pirates especially, AJ Burnett, want to forget quickly. The Cards managed to collect 12 earned runs off of Burnett in just 3 innings. It turns out they really only needed the four runs they collected in the first inning since the Pirates were only able to collect three of their own as they lost 12-3. The only real excitement in this game came in the second inning when catcher Rob Barajas and manager Clint Hurdle were ejected for arguing pitch calls with home plate umpire Angel Campos. Campos was filled with questionable calls all night long.
Finally game three rolled around for the Pirates and they were able to push past the last two games and collect a 6-3 win, preventing the sweep. Pedro Alvarez hit a two run home run in the top of the 6th to put the Pirates ahead for good. This along with a record setting combined pitching effort by Erik Bedard, Jared Hughes, Juan Cruz, Jason Grilli, and Joel Hanrahan made this an exciting game to watch for Pirate fans. These Pirate pitchers combined collected 17 strikeouts setting a franchise record that is the most in the modern era of baseball.
Taking one of the three games verse St. Louis puts the Pirates record at 11-14 only 5 games behind.... you guessed it, the Cardinals.
The Pirates start a three game home series against the Reds tonight at 7:05.