AJ Burnett started the evening like he did the last time he faced the Cards by allowing the first three runner to reach. Unlike that outing, St. Louis didn't let him off the hook, and smoked balls all around Busch Stadium to romp over Pittsburgh 12-3.
Heck, it was 12-1 before Burnett left in the third, and Carlos Beltran probably shed a tear when Brad Lincoln climbed the bump. Beltran, who was in the midst of a 3-for-32 slump, had two homers and a career-high seven RBI before AJ's departure; only two Pirates players have seven RBIs so far this season.
In fact, it was only the second time in Pirate hisory that a starter gave up a dozen runs. The last time was in 1932, when Glenn Spencer was roughed up by the Cubs - and it took them eight innings to put their runs together.
You want to talk an ugly line: Burnett went 2-2/3 frames, giving up a dozen runs on a dozen hits with a walk and beaned batter while whiffing a pair. The Bucco bullpen calmed things down, as Brad Lincoln, Chris Resop, Juan Cruz and Jason Grilli put up zeroes the rest of the way, but it was for naught and not exactly the way you want to burn through your relievers.
The Bucs hopefully got it out of their system. The most heated action was in the second, when Rod Barajas got the boot for complaining about a non-strike call by Angel Campos who has had a tough couple of days. Barajas flipped his face mask toward the heavens when he was thumbed, and Clint Hurdle, maybe having a premonition of what was about to happen, came out to protect his player and was run, too. The umping this series has been pretty bad (for both sides), and the Pirates, being on the short end, had more frustrations to work out.
The Cards Lance Lynn won his fifth game, holding the Pirates to two runs on three hits in 6-2/3 frames. The Bucco bright spots at the dish were Pedro Alvarez, who had a pair of hits, a walk and three runs scored, and Josh Harrison, who had two RBI knocks.
Hey, mama said there would be days like this. Now let's hope the starting pitching is just having an inevitable burp. Erik Bedard will try to salvage a game this afternoon against Jake Westwood.
- The Redbirds lead the NL in runs scored with 135. The Bucs are last in the majors with 68. St. Louis has outscored Pittsburgh 31-14 in their five games.
- 1B Nick Evans has a broken hand that was surgically repaired. SS Chase d'Arnaud is still out with a concussion.
- Tim Williams of Pirates Prospects discusses whether LHP Rudy Owens has regained his status as a legit prospect.