July 14, 2008

Cardinals 11, Pirates 6: The Battle of the Offensive Juggernauts

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W: Springer (2-0) L: Osoria (3-3)


The Cardinals out-slugged the Pirates in the rubber match of their final series before the All Star break. The win gave St. Louis the series win, as well, in a three-game set that saw the teams combine for 46 runs. Pitching wasn’t a strong suit for either team.

Joel Pineiro was roughed up for the Cardinals yesterday, but his offense bailed him out. Not so lucky for Pittsburgh was Ian Snell, who was great until the 4-run fourth inning.

Xavier Nady and Jason Bay both continued to hit well, keeping their trade-deadline value up. Perhaps they were auditioning for their future team, as Bay has started being linked with the Cardinals in trade rumors. The Pirates better hope that’s not another Aramis Ramirez situation, should it happen.

St. Louis picked up a game on the losing Cubs to finish the traditional first half of the season 4.5 games back. Pittsburgh stumbles into the break in 5th place, but only a half game ahead of the last-place Astros.

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