Originally posted on Raise the Jolly Roger!  |  Last updated 6/30/12

Nearly two months ago, the Cardinals pounded A.J. Burnett for 12 runs at Busch Stadium in a miserable evening for the Pirates. That night still gets mentioned every time Burnett takes the mound, or even when someone discusses his numbers. A.J. won’t make a start in St. Louis this weekend, so tonight the Pirate hitters went out and avenged their fearless new leader with an amazing assault on the Cardinal pitching staff.

The Pirates got out to a quick 2-0 lead on a 2-out single by Neil Walker in the first, but it was hard to imagine that lasting long with Kevin Correia on the mound against a very powerful offense. Indeed, the Cards got a run back in the second, but really went to town in the third with a four-spot. Carlos Beltran tied the game with his 2000th career hit and Pirate-killer Allen Craig blasted a 3-run homer to make the score 5-2.

Obviously, things weren’t looking good for the Bucs at that point. Adam Wainwright settled in and posted three zeroes after the first, but Correia kept the game within striking distance after the awful third inning, and the Bucs got the bats going in the fifth. Andrew McCutchen and Garrett Jones singled with two outs, Neil Walker walked, and Pedro Alvarez stepped up with the bases loaded and dumped a double down the line to clear the bases and tie the game. Huuuuge hit for Pedro, who hasn’t cooled off just yet.

All of a sudden, Correia worked a scoreless bottom of the fifth and found himself in line for a WIN when Clint Barmes led off the sixth with a solo blast. Yep, it was THAT kinda night for the Pirates. Alex Presley followed with a pinch-hit blast, giving the Pirates back-to-back homers for the second straight day (a much less predictable duo this time). 7-5. They weren’t done, though – McCutchen singled and Garrett Jones lined one out for two more runs and the third homer of the inning.

A great three-inning  effort from Brad Lincoln ensured that would be more than enough, but the Pirates kept on hitting. Lincoln himself got a base hit and scored on a Casey McGehee single, and Pedro brought home another with a bases-loaded walk.

Oh, and in the ninth, Andrew McCutchen hit a towering 3-run bomb to cap off the night…just for fun.

NOTES:

  • With the 14-run outburst and the 9-run margin of victory, the Pirates’ run differential crossed into positive territory for the first time since the third game of the year.
  • The Bucs’ 19 hits and 14 runs were season highs.
  • The Bucs hit three homers in one inning for the first time since 2009

That’s a statement win against a good club on the road…and it’s a great way to open up a big weekend series. It’s especially night to get a W on Correia’s night (even when he didn’t pitch well), and thanks to Lincoln the rest of the bullpen stayed rested as well (Chris Resop pitched a quick ninth). It wasn’t an easy victory, either…the game seemed lost at 5-2 in the third inning. The Pirates came up with some big hits, and after that they kept on coming.

Pirates 14, Cardinals 5 / Box / 2012 Record: 41-35 / Next: Saturday, at Cardinals, 2:15

MVP: Alvarez (+.255) / LVP: Correia (-.326) / Key play: Pedro’s double

©2012 Raise the Jolly Roger. All Rights Reserved.

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