Pittsburgh Pirates vs. St. Louis Cardinals

Marco Green
July 17, 2017

Yadier Molina had put St. Louis ahead 3-2 with an eighth inning home run, the first allowed by Juan Nicasio this year.

The score was tied because Carlos Martinez drove in a run. Pirates starter Trevor Williams gave up two runs and 10 hits in 52/3 innings. The under is 8-1 in Pittsburgh last 9 home games and the under is 20-6-2 in Pittsburgh last 28 overall while the under is 20-6-2 in Pittsburgh last 28 on grass.

As Lance Lynn was cruising through the early innings Saturday night, hitter after hitter brought disturbing intel back to the Pirates' dugout. Those hits gave him a nine game hitting streak, dating back to the last time Sierra was up with the Cards. The outfielder, who replaced the injured Stephen Piscotty on the roster, started in right field Sunday and went 4 for 4. Matt Carpenter went 2 for 4 with an RBI as the Cardinals sent the Pirates to just their second loss in the last eight games.

Three of the hits never left the infield. Jose Osuna grounded out, David Freese was intentionally walked and Frazier lined a single to center. Upon reaching the majors he struck out 37.5 percent of the time (18 times in 48 plate appearances) and hit.083 with a.196 OBP and.104 slugging percentage.

"We hung around", manager Clint Hurdle said.

In Moroff's second at-bat, leading off the bottom of the fifth, Martinez made a mistake. Better to just hit right-handed and protect his right (throwing) elbow than expose it by trying to step in as a lefty. The solo shot to left gave St. Louis a 3-2 lead. The under is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings and St. Louis are 10-4 in the last 14 meetings.

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