The losing streak has reached 8 games. Kevin Hart was torched as the Pirates fell behind 5-0 early on. The offense put up a six spot in the fifth frame off of Adam Wainwright. The final three runs scored on a two run bloop triple from Brandon Moss that turned into a little league homer as an error from Skip Schumaker allowed Moss to score.
The lead didn’t last. Hart was pulled with two gone in the sixth and Denny Bautista allowed a three run homer to Albert Pujols. St. Louis tacked on six more runs over the next two innings to pull away easily.
Ryan Ludwick had a career night. He was 5-5 with two homers, two doubles and five runs driven in. Matt Holliday, whose BA is approaching .400 with the Cards, also homered.
Wainwright allowed six earned runs in five innings. Hart gave up five earned runs and seven overall in 5-2/3.
Well, there was some offense. Lastings Milledge batted clean up and continuest to rake – he had two more hits. Ryan Doumit had three singles.
The pitching. Only Chris Bootcheck looked decent. Phil Dumatrait gave up four runs in 1/3 of an IP.
Eight straight losses with two more games against the Cardinals this weekend.
Bautista came into the game unscored upon in 2009 over six innings and four outings.
This was just the second time this year that Wainwright allowed six runs or more. He held on enough and got enough support to get the win tonight.
Millege was hitting .396 over his last sixteen games before tonight.
The five RBI tied Ludwick’s career high, as did the two homers. Five hits and 13 total bases established single game marks for his career.
Hart’s ERA with the Wriglies was 2.60. With Pittsburgh it is on the ugly side of 6.00.
This was the 9th time in 2009 that opponents had reached double digits in runs against the Pirates. It was the 10th time that opponents had tallied 15 or more knocks. Those stats for 2008? 23 times giving up 10 or more runs and 20 times giving up 15 or more hits.