National League Game Summary - St. Louis at Pittsburgh, Game One|
(Tuesday, July 30th)
Final Score: Pittsburgh 2, St. Louis 1 (11 innings)
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - A day after being called back up to the big
leagues, Alex Presley was the unlikely hero and the Pittsburgh Pirates moved
back into first place in the NL Central.
Presley's walk-off single in the 11th inning was the difference, as the
Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 2-1, in the opener of a doubleheader at
Russell Martin and pinch-hitter Gaby Sanchez each worked one-out walks off
Kevin Siegrist (0-1). Presley hit a full-count fastball that deflected off
Siegrist's glove and went past shortstop Pete Kozma to score Martin.
"It's good to see a packed house, they know its important and they're behind
us," said Pirates starter A.J. Burnett about the fans. "In extra innings
they're in every pitch, every play and we feed off that."
Vin Mazzaro (6-2) pitched a hitless 11th inning to earn the win for the
Pirates, who took a half-game lead into the nightcap.
Matt Holliday went 2-for-5 and drove in the lone run for the Cardinals, who
have lost a season-high five straight.
The Cardinals had two chances late in the game to put a run or two on the
board but failed each time.
In the ninth, they had Tony Cruz 90 feet away but Kozma's pop-out kept him
The next frame, St. Louis got Bryan Morris into a jam with runners on the
corners, but he got Holliday to ground into his NL leading 24th double play to
end the inning.
"We've had a lot of good things happen with runners in scoring position this
year," said Cardinals manager Mike Matheny. "We hit some hard hit balls today,
it just didn't work out.
Andrew McCutchen robbed Carlos Beltran in the first of an extra-base hit and
saved two runs from scoring with a spectacular diving catch on a line drive.
There were two men one and one out when he made the grab, he then doubled off
Holliday at first.
McCutchen and Pedro Alvarez hit back-to-back two-out doubles in the home half
to take an early 1-0 lead.
Kozma led off the third with a double to the left-center field gap.
Burnett let Lance Lynn's bunt roll by him, thinking an infielder was charging
and then walked Matt Carpenter to load the bases with no outs. The Cardinals
could only manage to tie the game on a one-out groundout to third from
Jon Jay struck out to start the sixth inning but hustled to second when the
ball bounced off his back ankle and was ruled a wild pitch. The disputed call
didn't influence the game with a heated Burnett keeping Jay at second with
three straight outs.
Josh Harrison had a pinch-hit base hit to left to start the bottom of the
eighth. Starling Marte laid down a sac bunt to put Harrison into scoring
position. Jay made a leaping grab over his right shoulder to rob Neil Walker
of a go-ahead hit. Randy Choate retired Alvarez with two men on to keep the
Prior to the game, St. Louis recalled pitchers Michael Blazek, Keith Butler
and Tyler Lyons from Triple-A Memphis and optioned pitcher Fernando Salas to
Memphis ... Burnett allowed one run on three hits with nine strikeouts over
seven frames, while Lynn went six innings and yielded one run on three hits
... The last time the Pirates and Cardinals played a doubleheader was Aug. 20,
2004 in St. Louis ... Alvarez extended his hitting streak to nine games, going
1-for-4 ... Cardinals center fielder Jay snapped his 245-game errorless streak
with a miscue in the fifth ...St. Louis is 1-5 in extra innings, while
Pittsburgh is 8-5 ... St. Louis traded pitcher Marc Rzepczynski to the
Cleveland Indians in exchange for infielder Juan Herrera.
07/30 23:05:48 ET