Found August 17, 2012 on Fox Sports Midwest:
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- James McDonald halted a string of ineffective starts with six innings of two-hit ball, helping the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1 Friday night in a matchup of NL Central playoff contenders. Andrew McCutchen singled and scored on a passed ball in a two-run fourth for the Pirates, who also scored on a wild pitch that inning. Pittsburgh totaled 41 runs during its first six games in St. Louis this season. McDonald (11-5) was 0-2 in his previous four outings while allowing 20 earned runs over 21 1-3 innings. He coughed up a 7-1 lead in his last start when he allowed six runs in the fifth during a loss to the Padres. Jake Westbrook (12-9) allowed one earned run and six hits in 7 2-3 innings for the Cardinals, who managed only one run for the second straight game. One inning was the difference on Thursday night, too, when closer Jason Motte gave up consecutive homers with one out in the ninth of a 2-1 loss to Arizona. The Cardinals lead the National League in hitting but have 10 hits in the last two games, including four infield hits Thursday. McDonald retired the first 10 in order with the help of a double-play ball. Allen Craig doubled with two outs in the fourth for the Cardinals' first hit, but was erased trying to advance on a pitch McDonald bounced in front of the plate. Joel Hanrahan worked around a one-out walk in the ninth for his NL-leading 34th save in 37 chances. Matt Holliday, just 4 for 45 in his last nine games, lined out to the right-field wall to start the inning. The Pirates have won just three of nine, but they moved two games ahead of St. Louis for the NL's second wild-card spot. Pittsburgh won without second baseman Neil Walker, expected to miss the series after dislocating his right pinkie Wednesday. Pittsburgh loaded the bases with a walk and singles by McCutchen and Garrett Jones to open the fourth, took the lead on Westbrook's wild pitch and made it 2-0 on a passed ball by Tony Cruz. The Cardinals ended a string of 10 straight scoreless innings against Chris Resop in the seventh. Carlos Beltran opened with a bloop hit that ended a 2-for-20 slump and went to third on David Freese's double. Beltran scored on a one-out groundout by Cruz. Cardinals third base coach Jose Oquendo was ejected by plate umpire Lance Barnett for arguing balls and strikes in the sixth. NOTES: Kyle Lohse worked 6 2-3 scoreless innings with no decision Thursday for St. Louis, his eighth of the year out of his 19 quality starts. It's the most by a Cardinals pitcher since it happened nine times to Bob Tewksbury in 1992. ... Lance Lynn (13-5, 3.65 ERA) opposes Pirates LHP Erik Bedard (7-12, 4.56) on Saturday. Lynn has allowed three first-inning runs in three of his last four outings. ... The Cardinals released Triple-A Memphis 1B Mark Hamilton prior to the game in a move to clear space on the 40-man roster for lefty Jaime Garcia, due to pitch Sunday for the first time since June 5 when he was sidelined by shoulder fatigue. ... McCutchen leads the NL with a .360 average and 361 total bases. He scored his 85th run after entering the game tied for the league lead.
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
RELATED ARTICLES

First Pitch: Garrett Jones Has Earned a 2013 Roster Spot and a Raise

Heading in to the 2012 season, if you would have asked me to guess whether Garrett Jones would have returned to the Pirates in 2013, I probably would have said no. The first baseman is making $2.25 M this year, and because arbitration heavily favors home runs, he could very easily double that salary next year in his second of four arbitration years. Jones looked like nothing more...

Gerrit Cole Leads Baseball America’s Prospect Hot Sheet

It’s a big day for the top pitching prospects in the system. On the same day that Jameson Taillon was promoted to Altoona, Gerrit Cole ranked number one on this week’s Baseball America Prospect Hot Sheet. Cole got the top spot for his two starts over the last week, combining for a 0.79 ERA in 11.1 innings, with a 15:3 K/BB ratio. Last night he struck out nine batters in six innings...

Pirates 2, Cardinals 1

James McDonald halted a string of ineffective starts with six innings of two-hit ball, helping the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1 Friday night in a matchup of NL Central playoff contenders. Andrew McCutchen singled and scored on a passed ball in a two-run fourth for the Pirates, who also scored on a wild pitch that inning. Pittsburgh totaled 41 runs during its...

McDonald Grabs Win and He’s Lovin’ It

Old McDonald got a win, K, K, K, K, K! And in this win he struck out seven….Yes, James McDonald finally showed flashes of his first half form again last night, pitching 6.0 innings, surrendering just 2 hits, 0 ER, and striking out 7 for his 11th win.  It was a huge rebound for J-Mac, who’s been downright awful since the All-Star break. Pirates GM Neal Huntington decided to give...

Prospect Watch: Cole Strikes Out Nine; Moroff and Ross Hit First Homers

TOP OF THE SYSTEM A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. Rankings are from the post trade deadline update. 1. Gerrit Cole, RHP, Altoona (3-5, 3.19) - 6.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 9 K, 0 HR 2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Bradenton (6-7, 3.82) - DNP 3. Luis Heredia, RHP, State College (2-1, 2.28) ...

Prospect Watch: Big Day For Holt; Kaminska Throws Six No-Hit Innings

TOP OF THE SYSTEM A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. Rankings are from the post trade deadline update. 1. Gerrit Cole, RHP, Altoona (3-5, 3.19) - DNP 2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Altoona (0-0, 0.00) - DNP 3. Luis Heredia, RHP, State College (2-1, 2.28) - DNP 4. Alen Hanson, SS, West Virginia...

C Yadier Molina out third game with back injury

St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina missed his third start because of mid-back tightness, but both the player and team anticipates he might be back by the end of the weekend. Manager Mike Matheny said Friday before the start of a three-game series with the Pittsburgh Pirates that Molina was much improved and was hopeful the four-time All-Star would be ready Saturday. Matheny...

Motte forgets past to help Cards gain ground

ST. LOUIS Two days after giving up a pair of ninth inning home runs in a devastating 2-1 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks, Jason Motte took to the mound Saturday for his next save chance. But in a game the Cardinals desperately needed as they look to track down the Pittsburgh Pirates in the Wild Card chase, Motte loaded the bases with no outs and the home team clinging to a 5-3...

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. St. Louis Cardinals – Game 120

Recap What’s more important, the win or Jmac’s great start? I think they are about equal.  We need two things to happen in this series: Series Win Pitching Revival It doesn’t start and end with this start from Jmac, both in his rebound or the season’s.  The whole staff needs to turn it around. Still [...]

This Date in Pirates History: August 17

There have been four former Pittsburgh Pirates players born on this date, including one that played just one inning of one game. In his Jolly Roger Rewind, John Fredland covers a doubleheader against the Reds from the 1990 season. Before we get to the former players, one current player has a birthday. Relief pitcher Chad Qualls turns 34 today. He came to the Pirates from the Yankees...

Molina helps Cardinals beat Pirates

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Yadier Molina had three hits and two RBIs in his return to the lineup, leading the St. Louis Cardinals to a big 5-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday. St. Louis bounced back from Friday night's 2-1 loss in the series opener and pulled within a game of Pittsburgh for the second NL wild-card spot. Jaime Garcia is expected to come off the disabled...

Exploring the Arsenal – Jaime Garcia

Exploring the Arsenal will run prior to each game, providing you with a brief scouting report on the starting pitcher expected to oppose the Pirates. The chart below shows the horizontal and vertical movement of every pitch thrown by that particular pitcher in 2012. This chart is from the catcher’s point of view. Click here for a general guide to pitch types and classifications...

A.J. Burnett blasts Hanley Ramirez for home run celebration (Video)

Your browser does not support iframes. Hanley Ramirez has developed this weird little celebration where he takes his hand and makes circles around his eyes, either like he’s wearing glasses or taking a picture. We don’t really know the true meaning of the charade, but it’s something along those lines. What we do know is A.J. Burnett does not appreciate it. Ramirez hit a two...

St. Louis 1B Lance Berkman: Announces his plan again

Hot News for OF Lance Berkman
Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.