Cards aim to take advantage of opportunities vs. Pirates

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Field Level Media
21 Aug 2021, 21:40 GMT+10

The St. Louis Cardinals are down 2 teams successful the National League wild-card contention and can't spend to fto opportunities gaffe past them.

Then again, wins aren't attainable if you travel up bare successful each of your clutch-hitting chances.

The Cardinals volition effort to amended instrumentality vantage of their scoring opportunities connected Saturday nighttime erstwhile they big the Pittsburgh Pirates successful the 2nd contention of a three-game series.

St. Louis is trying to summation crushed connected the San Diego Padres and Cincinnati Reds successful the wild-card derby but has mislaid 3 of its past 4 games. The Cardinals way some teams by 3 1/2 games successful the contention for the 2nd chaotic card.

Pittsburgh recorded a 4-0 triumph Friday arsenic St. Louis racked up 10 hits (all singles) but went 0-for-7 with runners successful scoring presumption and near 12 runners connected bases.

"We had our chances," Cardinals manager Mike Shildt told reporters. "We had runners successful scoring presumption and we had 12 connected base. They made bully pitches, and we weren't capable to currency in. We're disappointed successful it."

Lars Nootbaar had his archetypal vocation three-hit outing for the Cardinals but was stranded each time.

"Hitting wise, I deliberation we did a decent job, but it would beryllium bully to get those timely hits," Nootbaar said.

All-Star 3rd baseman Nolan Arenado volition look for a turnaround crippled aft going 0-for-5 with 3 strikeouts. He near 5 runners connected base.

Arenado is batting conscionable .221 successful August, though helium does person 5 homers and 18 RBIs.

Cardinals archetypal baseman Paul Goldschmidt has conscionable 1 homer successful his past 23 contests but extended his hitting streak to 9 games connected Friday. Goldschmidt is 15-for-36 (.417) during the stretch.

While St. Louis couldn't nutrient a large hit, the Pirates scored their 4 runs connected 4 hits portion ending a five-game slide. It was Pittsburgh's 2nd triumph successful the past 15 games.

Gregory Polanco drove successful 2 runs without a deed -- doubly scoring teammates connected sacrifice flies -- and Yoshi Tsutsugo deed a pinch-hit homer.

Also, Mitch Keller (five innings) and relievers Duane Underwood Jr., David Bednar and Chris Stratton kept frustrating the Cardinals.

"I thought we pitched the shot truly well," Pirates catcher Jacob Stallings said. "All of our guys got successful jams but for Stratt, and they near their runners retired there. ... They were outstanding."

The Cardinals volition commencement left-hander J.A. Happ (7-6, 6.03 ERA) connected Saturday.

Happ volition marque his 4th commencement since being acquired from the Minnesota Twins. He is 2-0 with a 1.62 ERA for St. Louis.

The 38-year-old Happ defeated the Pirates successful Pittsburgh connected Aug. 10 aft allowing 1 tally and 1 deed -- a homer to Hoy Park -- successful six innings. He past yielded 5 hits implicit 5 2/3 shutout innings to bushed the Kansas City Royals past Sunday.

Happ besides bushed the Pirates connected April 23 portion with Minnesota. He gave up 1 deed successful 7 1/3 scoreless innings.

Overall, Happ is 6-3 with a 2.54 ERA successful 12 vocation starts vs. Pittsburgh. All-Star outfielder Bryan Reynolds is 0-for-5 against Happ.

Left-hander Dillon Peters (0-1, 1.93) volition marque his 2nd commencement for the Pirates. He was acquired from the Los Angeles Angels past period and was precocious recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis.

Peters mislaid to the Milwaukee Brewers successful his squad debut past Sunday. He gave up 2 runs (one earned) and 5 hits implicit 4 2/3 innings.

Peters has yet to look the Cardinals. However, helium served up a three-run homer to Goldschmidt erstwhile the second was with the Arizona Diamondbacks successful 2017. Peters pitched for the Miami Marlins astatine the time.

--Field Level Media

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