National League Game Summary - St. Louis at Pittsburgh|
(Saturday, April 21st)
Final Score: Pittsburgh 2, St. Louis 0
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - A. J. Burnett tossed seven shutout innings
in his season debut and the Pittsburgh Pirates knocked off the St.
Louis Cardinals, 2-0, in the middle tilt of a three-game set at PNC Park.
Burnett (1-0) was acquired from the New York Yankees in the offseason,
and was set to be the Opening Day starter for the Bucs, but he landed on the
DL after fracturing his right orbital bone during a bunting drill in spring
Burnett allowed just three hits and two walks while striking out seven for the
Pirates, who have won three of their last four.
"That's absolutely what we were looking for out of A.J. That's the reason he's
here," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said.
Juan Cruz, Tony Watson and Jason Grilli combined to hold the Cards at bay in
the eighth and Joel Hanrahan worked through a tough ninth to nail down his
second save of the season.
Andrew McCutchen finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored and Pedro Alvarez
knocked in both runs for Pittsburgh.
Matt Carpenter had two hits and Jake Westbrook (2-1) was saddled with the loss
after giving up two runs on seven hits and two walks over 6 2/3 innings while
striking out six.
Pittsburgh broke the deadlock in the fourth when McCutchen and Neil Walker
stroked back-to-back singles to put runners on the corners. After Casey
McGehee struck out, Alvarez laced an infield single to third to score
The Pirates extended their lead to 2-0 in the sixth when McCutchen ripped a
one-out double and moved to third two batters later on a fielder's choice
groundout by McGehee. Alvarez again came through with a line single into right
field to bring home McCutchen.
Shane Robinson and Tyler Greene singled to start the eighth for the Cardinals
off Cruz. A sacrifice bunt by Rafael Furcal moved both runners up a base and
Pirates manager Clint Hurdle brought in Watson to face Carpenter.
Watson fanned Carpenter and Hurdle again emerged from the dugout and summoned
Grilli to face Matt Holliday, who struck out to keep the shutout intact.
Hanrahan fanned Carlos Beltran to start the ninth, but then walked David
Freese and Yadier Molina. He battled back though, and struck out pinch-hitter
Erik Komatsu before getting Robinson to ground into a fielder's choice to end
"We had a couple of opportunities, but we couldn't streak it together at the
right time," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said.
To make room for Burnett on the active roster, RHP Jared Hughes has been
optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis...Westbrook fell to 0-4 in his career
against the Pirates...Pittsburgh has scored two-or-fewer runs in 10 of its
last 14 games...Pittsburgh finished 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position
and stranded seven, while St. Louis went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring
position and left eight on base.
04/22 00:07:45 ET