08/12/2002 11:33 pm ET
Cards bats stay hot against Pirates
St. Louis bangs out 16 hits after third inning
By Ed Eagle / MLB.com
PITTSBURGH -- The Cardinals' offense, dormant during much of their recent seven-game slide, seems to have suddenly awakened. And with the Reds and Astros attempting to close the gap in the National League Central, the bats are heating up at just the right time.
St Louis Cardinals 10, Pittsburgh Pirates 6|
|St Louis Cardinals|
|a-Singled for Veres in the 9th.|
|2B: Edmonds 2 (26, Meadows, Boehringer), Pujols (28, Beimel).|
HR: Rolen (19, 4th inning off Meadows, 2 on, 2 out), Martinez (14, 7th inning off Manzanillo, 0 on, 2 out), Pujols (26, 8th inning off Boehringer, 1 on, 2 out).
RBI: Rolen 3 (74), Renteria (53), Edmonds (63), Pujols 4 (90), Martinez (54).
2-out RBI: Rolen 3, Martinez, Pujols 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Marrero, Drew 2, Crudale, Renteria 2.
Team LOB: 10.
|a-Flied out for Villone in the 6th.|
|2B: Ramirez (19, Simontacchi).|
HR: Giles (30, 7th inning off Kline, 0 on, 2 out).
RBI: Ramirez (46), Mackowiak (37), Young (39), Giles 2 (77), Reese (34).
2-out RBI: Giles.
S: Wilson, J.
SF: Young, Giles, Reese.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Reese, Rios.
Team LOB: 7.
|SB: Kendall (14, 2nd base off Simontacchi/Marrero), Young (3, 3rd base off Crudale/Marrero), Wilson, C (2, 2nd base off Crudale/Marrero).|
|E: Ramirez (14, fielding).|
DP: (Wilson, J-Reese-Young).
|St Louis Cardinals|
|Simontacchi (W, 8-4)
|Crudale (H, 5)
|Veres (H, 12)
|Meadows (L, 0-3)
|Kline pitched to 1 batter in the 7th. |
IBB: Rolen (by Beimel), Marrero (by Beimel).
HBP: Wilson, C (by Crudale).
Pitches-strikes: Simontacchi 85-53, Crudale 24-14, Kline 4-3, Veres 27-18, Joseph 17-11, Meadows 79-58, Beimel 22-9, Villone 10-9, Manzanillo 21-12, Boehringer 32-19.
Ground outs-fly outs: Simontacchi 4-7, Crudale 0-4, Kline 0-0, Veres 1-0, Joseph 1-2, Meadows 2-6, Beimel 2-0, Villone 2-1, Manzanillo 2-1, Boehringer 4-2.
Batters faced: Simontacchi 24, Crudale 5, Kline 1, Veres 6, Joseph 4, Meadows 20, Beimel 6, Villone 4, Manzanillo 6, Boehringer 11.
Umpires: HP: Bill Welke. 1B: Rick Reed. 2B: Tim Tschida. 3B: Mark Wegner.
Weather: 69 degrees, rain.
Wind: 7 mph, Varies.
T: 3:20 (1:02 delay).
Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball and the Office of the Commissioner
Following a 9-0 victory over the Mets on Sunday night, the Redbirds exploded for 16 hits in their 10-6 win over the Pirates at PNC Park on Monday.
The night did not begin with much promise for the Cardinals and starting pitcher Jason Simontacchi. The rookie hurler, who was 0-3 with a 14.73 ERA in his previous three outings, was in trouble once again in the first inning. Jason Kendall led off the frame with a single and advanced to second on Jack Wilson's sacrifice bunt. A walk to Brian Giles set the table for Aramis Ramirez, who came through with an RBI double to left. Rob Mackowiak singled in Giles and Kevin Young's sacrifice fly to center chased home Ramirez for an early 3-0 Pittsburgh lead.
Simontacchi (8-4) would settle down after the shaky first, allowing five runs on eight hits in 5 1/3 innings gave his offense a chance to close the gap.
The Cardinals were held without a baserunner for the first three innings before finally getting to Pirates starter Brian Meadows (0-3) in the fourth. Edgar Renteria singled with one out and advanced to third on Jim Edmonds' double. After Albert Pujols popped up to first base for the second out, Scott Rolen drilled a 1-2 Meadows pitch into the left field bleachers to tie the score at 3-3.
The home run was the second in as many games for Rolen, who broke out of a 2-for-32 skid Sunday night by going 3-for-3 with three RBIs and scoring three runs.
The Cardinals' four-run fifth inning was sparked by their hustle on the base paths. J.D. Drew grounded to first to begin the inning but beat Meadows to the base for an infield single. Drew took third on a single by Fernando Vina and scored on Renteria's single to right to give St. Louis their first lead of the game.
Edmonds kept the hit parade alive with an RBI single up the middle off reliever Joe Beimel. Pujols then put the game firmly in hand with a double that rolled to wall in left-center, scoring both Renteria and Edmonds for a 7-3 game.
Meadows' outing was the least effective of his three starts with the Pirates. In just 4 1/3 innings, the right-hander was tagged for six runs on seven hits while striking out five.
St. Louis used a solo home run by Tino Martinez in the seventh and a two-run shot by Pujols in the eighth to close out the scoring. Pujols finished the night 3-for-5 with four RBIs.
The Bucs had kept the game close by tacking on single runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings. Sacrifice flies by Giles and Pokey Reese and Giles' solo home run accounted for Pittsburgh's final three runs. The blast was Giles' 30th of the season and he joins Hall of Famers Ralph Kiner and Willie Stargell as the only Pirates to hit 30 or more home runs in four consecutive years.
The win enabled the Cardinals to increase their NL Central lead to 2 1/2 games over the idle Reds. The third-place Astros remained three games back with their 9-6 win over the Cubs at Wrigley Field.
Ed Eagle covers the Pittsburgh Pirates for MLB.Com and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.