Game #94: Cards Beat Bucs Pen

PNC Park | 1:35 | Snell vs. Joel Pineiro | Box
Yesterday the Pirates scored a bunch of late runs to pull back into the game and eventually win it. Today the Cards scored a bunch of late runs to break the contest wide open.
Neither starter lasted very long. Ian Snell’s woes continued with five innings and four runs. He did strike out six. Joel Pineiro gave up six runs in 5-2/3.
The Pirates put up three in the fifth to tie it after Snell blew an early 1-0 lead by giving up four runs in the fourth. Aaron Miles cracked a three run homer in that inning. In the fifth Jason Bay’s two run single knotted the score. The Cards put up one against Sean Burnett in the sixth. But Chris Gomez hit a two run double in home half of the sixth – an inning that saw Burnett collect his first ML hit – to put the Pirates up a run.
But Franquelis Osoria was treated rudely in the 7th. He got one out, but was charged with four runs. A two run triple from Miles capped the 7th inning scoring and gave him five RBI for the game.
T.J. Beam and Tyler Yates both allowed late solo homers to stretch the St. Louis lead.
Osoria was the loser. Russ Springer won it.

Pre-Game Thoughts
Last tilt before the mid-Summer Classic and the rubber match.
Joel Pineiro won his last start but before that hadn’t won since April. He has already started twice against the Pirates in 2008. The last was May 15 when he got a no decision. He beat the Pirates just a 19 games earlier.
He has never lost to the Smokey City Nine. In four career starts he is 3-0 with a 2.81 ERA. The Bucs are hitting .261 against him. Jason Bay, Nate McLouth and Xavier Nady have all taken him deep. Doug Mientkiewicz (9-27) and Chris Gomez (7-21) have both done well.
The woes of Ian Snell continue. After spending time on the DL, his last start was cut short due to a huge rain delay. He has just one win in his last 14 starts. Snell has faced the Cards three times already this year. He is 0-1 with a 9.64 ERA. His most recent start was June 1. Overall vs. St. Louis he is 3-4 with a 4.88 ERA.
Snell hasn’t been fooling many of the Cardinals. They are collectively hitting .321 against him (50-156) and he has walked 18 while striking out just 14. Albert Pujols is 12-24 with four homers. Yadier Molina is 8-19.

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