Jeanmar Gomez’s ERA increased from 2.50 to 3.26 on the season. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
The St. Louis Cardinals are good at playing baseball and demonstrated as much by beating the Pirates 13-0. They had lost seven in a row and now they have won one in a row, avoiding the fate of their 1916 brethren by not being swept in a five-game series.
Pirates starting pitcher Charlie Morton allowed five of those runs. He gave up 22 balls in play for 10 hits. That’s bad luck, but it came after a 1-2-3 first inning and two strikeouts in the 2nd.
“The first run scored was on a wild pitch. I hit [Jon] Jay with the bases loaded,” Morton said. “Even the last run that scored, [Carlos] Beltran’s double, I gotta be smarter in that at-bat right there. That’s three runs right there that, I’m not saying they wouldn’t have scored, I could have gone about a little better.”
Morton’s season ERA is 4.07. Pirates reliever Jeanmar Gomez allowed seven of those runs.
The Cardinals, a good baseball team, recorde...