Sport Cardinals hold off Pirates 6-5 in Game 1 of doubleheader
Wieters has 19-pitch at-bat as Cardinals split DH with Twins
ST. LOUIS (AP) Backup catcher Matt Wieters acknowledges he might have to get in better shape for the St. Louis Cardinals. He nearly did, all in one trip to the plate.Wieters hit 14 foul balls during a grueling 19-pitch at-bat that finished with a deep flyout with the bases loaded during a wild rally that sent the Cardinals over the Minnesota Twins 6-4 Tuesday night for a doubleheader split.''Sadly, I would like to say that I wasn't running out of breath up there, but I was,'' Wieters said. ''I might need to work on some cardio. That's probably the most swings I've taken in a day this year so far.
PITTSBURGH (AP) Kolten Wong hit the second leadoff home run of his career, Tyler O'Neill added a two-run shot and the St. Louis Cardinals held off the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-5 in Game 1 of a doubleheader on Friday.
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Ryan Helsley recorded the final two outs for his first career save, and it didn't come easily.
With two outs and no one on, umpires were forced to review the pitch sequence to Kevin Newman after plate ump Jordan Baker apparently lost track of the count. Newman walked and Erik Gonzalez reached on shortstop Paul DeJong's second throwing error.
Helsley walked pinch-hitter Josh Bell to load the bases but retired John Ryan Murphy on a flyball to end it.
After scratching out all of four hits in their previous 18 innings combined, the Cardinals managed eight in seven innings against Trevor Williams (1-8) and three relievers to overcome some sloppy defense.
Cardinals, Brewers split doubleheader amid playoff chase
ST. LOUIS (AP) Daniel Ponce de Leon pitched one-hit ball over six innings, Tommy Edman hit a two-run homer and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 9-1 to split their pivotal doubleheader Friday night. In the opener, Christian Yelich homered and Brent Suter combined with Devin Williams and Josh Hader on a five-hitter for the Brewers in a 3-0 win.Both teams are among five NL clubs still vying for two open postseason spots. Milwaukee is two games behind St. Louis, and the Cardinals are percentage points behind Cincinnati for second place in the NL Central. The Reds clinched a playoff berth later Friday.
St. Louis committed four errors, including a catcher's interference call against nine-time Gold Glover winner Yadier Molina that forced home Adam Frazier in the first.
Molina has been called for catcher's interference twice in four days - prior to that, the 17-year veteran had been flagged just twice in his career.
Playing their third doubleheader in five days, the Cardinals needed a jolt as they try to stay in the mix for a playoff berth. Wong provided an early one by turning on an 0-2 pitch from Williams and sending it just over the 21-foot high Clemente Wall in right field to extend his hitting streak to 10 games.
St. Louis built a 6-2 lead through 3 1/2 innings then held on. A pair of errors in the fourth chased starter Carlos Martinez and allowed Pittsburgh creep within a run. Yet the Pirates lost for the ninth time in 10 games when they failed to take advantage of a two-on, one-out opportunity in the fifth and a one-on, one-out chance in the sixth.
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Al Reyes (2-1) picked up the victory in relief of Martinez.
Martinez remained winless on the season but managed to survive an early meltdown after walking the bases full to start the bottom of the first.
The Pirates managed two runs in the inning without the benefit of a hit, one of them coming when the team asked for a replay on what appeared to be a swinging third strike against Bryan Reynolds. Reynolds chatted with Baker before walking to the bench and video review showed Molina's glove got in the way of Reynolds' swing, forcing in a run.
Martinez steadied himself after before his defense let him down in the fourth behind an error by DeJong and right fielder Tommy Edman that allowed the Pirates to pull within a run.
Williams saw his ERA rise to 6.70 after allowing six runs (five earned) in 4 1/3 innings. Williams is 1-11 in his last 12 decisions dating back to September 2019.
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Murphy had two of Pittsburgh's four hits. Rookie third baseman Ke'Bryan Hayes drove in two runs but the Pirates went 1 for 9 with runners in scoring position and left 10 men on base.
Cardinals: Placed RHP Dakota Hudson on the 10-day injured list with a strained right forearm. Hudson left his start on Thursday night after two innings due to what he described as discomfort in his right arm. He went 3-2 with a 2.77 ERA in eight starts. St. Louis added RH reliever Nabil Crismatt to take Hudson's roster spot.
St. Louis will send out Daniel Ponce de Leon (0-3, 6.23 ERA) for Game 2. Ponce de Leon is winless in 18 career starts. Chad Kuhl (1-2, 5.50) takes the ball for the Pirates. Kuhl was tagged for nine runs in 2 1/3 innings in his last start against Kansas City.
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