Busch Stadium | 2:15 | Snell vs. Braden Looper | Box
The Cardinals turned five singled and a walk into five runs in the second inning to help Braden Looper beat the Pirates. Looper helped himself with two hits, an RBI and two runs scored.
The Pirates offense scored a single run in four different innings. The Bucs left the bases loaded in the sixth and failed to plate a runner from third with just one out in the 8th.
Looper went 5-2/3 and allowed three runs and eight hits. Ian Snell was the victim of the second inning attack. He only lasted four and gave up six runs on eight safeties.
This will be the first time around for the Pirates and Braden Looper in 2008. Like Todd Wellemeyer Looper is a converted reliever. His results have been more uneven than Wellemeyer’s. Looper’s first ever start against the Pirates was a loss back on August 1, 2007. In that game, Tony Armas actually pitched well! In a bizarre coincidence, the Pirates 14 runs in Saturday’s game represented their best output since the 15 runs they boarded against Looper and the Birds on 8/1/07.
Overall against the Pirates, Looper is 2-2 with a 3.05 ERA in 15 games. Three of those were starts. The current group of Pirates is a sad 15-80 off of Looper. Homers have been hit by Adam LaRoche, Jose Bautista and Ronny Paulino.
Ian Snell can hopefully get it going this afternoon. He has not won since April 12. His ERA is near 5.50. He has two no decisions in two starts against St. Louis in 2008. Last time for him was May 15th.
Snell’s career mark against the Cards is 3-3 with a 4.25 ERA. Albert Pujols is a ridiculous 12-22 with 4 homers and 4 BB off of Snell. Yadier Molina is 7-17.