|Vogey finished the season with a solid outing (photo Pittsburgh Pirates)|
The Bucs stranded another walk in the fourth; takes a lot of those to score w/o any hits. A one-out single and two-out boot by JHK put Redbirds at second and third. Vogey's third walk loaded 'em before he escaped. In the fifth, the Bucs shot themselves in the foot; Eric Fryer singled and then was doubled up in a strike 'em out, throw 'em out DP. The Pirates followed with two knocks and a walk, and Cutch came through with a two-run knock, so at least the Pirates got the lead but passed on a chance for a knockout inning. The Cards went quietly.
Matt Joyce opened the sixth with a rap and tagged to second on Alen Hanson's fly. It was close enough to challenge, but he remained safe after review. Didn't help; a pair of whiffs left him aboard. The Redbirds cashed in off Antonio Bastardo after a walk, a two out single and a fat 3-0 fastball that was launched into the seats by Carpenter. It was the first 3-0 pitch he hadn't taken all season; guess he was waiting for the right moment. Jared Hughes got the last out.
|JJ went long and was on base four times (photo Joe Guzzy/Pgh Pirates)|
Jonathan Broxton took over in the seventh, and the Pirates had an answer. Fraze singled and JJ went yard, and it's 4-4. Juan Nicasio toed the slab and gave up a ...ground rule triple? Molina looked like he bounced one into the stands that popped back out; it was even picked up by a ball boy. Confusion reigned as Yadi circled the bases; the umps gave him a triple. Clint challenged and it was as it should have been, a ground rule double. After all the ado, he was blooped home by the next batter; the next Redbird served a soft shot that found grass, too. Wade LeBlanc came in and gave up a hit, then another JHK error made it 6-4, then a double made it 8-4, a grounder 9-4, a sac fly 10-4...well, you get the picture. The pen answered the bell and the Cards rang up nine runs in two frames.
Both sides left a guy on in the eighth. The Cards did a nice, letting Matt Holliday go finish his Card career in left in the ninth; his teammates let him take the field alone and the faithful gave him a last hurrah, as did both benches. The Pirates did nada, and St. Louis swept. They'll join us as playoff spectators - the Giants won too, brooming the Dodgers, so the Cards were eliminated from the playoffs.
|Eric Fryer banged a pair of hits (photo Greg Fiume/Getty)|
It's done, and prob about time. The baseball was pretty ugly, the umps were brutal and the games took forever; guess that's how a losing season goes. The Pirates finished 11-22 down the stretch (78-83 on the year) and leave the FO with plenty to do during the off season.
- JJ reached four times with a pair of knocks and pair of walks. Cutch and Eric Fryer had two raps and Matt Joyce a hit and walk.
- We're still not sure why Starling Marte was DL'ed. Neal Huntington said it was a paper move that was "useful" in some ways, but wouldn't say what those ways would be.
- J-Bell will be considered a rookie next season (130 < at-bats) if he doesn't bat twice. It doesn't affect service time at all, but leaves him in the mix for the All-Rookie team, RoY consideration, etc.. The GM said that wasn't the reason he didn't start, though we'd be hard-pressed to think of another reason.
- With his 150th outing this year, Andrew has started 150+ games at center in six of the last seven seasons.