The St. Louis Cardinals’ Michael Wacha faced 23 batters in last night’s start against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
11 of them reached base.
Allowing 48% of batters you face to reach base usually yields bad results.
Lucky for the Wacha, the Cardinals were able to take advantage of every opportunity against opposing start Jonathon Niese.
Of the 7 runners Niese put on base, 5 of them managed to score. That’s a pretty great conversion rate right there.
- Top 2nd – Moss doubles. Does not score.
- Top 3rd – Diaz singles. Scores.
- Top 3rd – Carpenter walks. Scores.
- Top 3rd – Piscotty singles. Does not score.
- Top 4th – Moss hit by a pitch. Scores.
- Top 4th – Gyokro homers. Scores. (Obviously.)
- Top 5th – Piscotty triples. Does not score.
Also helping matters was the St. Louis bullpen, with Lyons, Oh, Siegrist, Broxton and Rosenthal combining to follow up Wacha Awfulness with 4.2 innings of scoreless relief.
However, the game went into extra innings and the Buccos got 6 innings of shutdown relief work themselves.
That set the stage for this in the bottom of the 11th.
Good stuff for the home crowd there as Pittsburgh improved to 2-0 on the young season.
Rookie 3rd string shortstop Aledmys Diaz didn’t help matters when he couldn’t turn a tailor-made 6-4-3 (or even 6-3) double play off the bat of Francisco Cervelli. The Redbirds should have gotten out of a bases-loaded jam with a 5-3 lead after 5 innings. Instead… this happened.
They kept pace with Chicago in the division, as they put a crooked number on the board early and got another great start – this time from Jon Lester – in a 6-1 win against The The Angels Angels.
Been reading some good content these past few days, including the following items.
- Patrick Mooney from Comcast Sports Chicago had a great article on Anthony Rizzo’s development as a hitter, tearing himself down to build himself back up.
- August Fagerstrom broke down the Pirates’ Francisco Liriano over at Fangraphs.
- Also in The Steel City, outfielder Gregory Polanco signed a five-year contract. Bill Brink at the Post-Gazette dove into the numbers.
The Pirates (2-0) play host to the Cardinals (0-2) one more time this evening as the featured game of the day. Juan Nicasio is in the rotation as the feel-good story out of Spring Training for Pittsburgh, while free agent acquisition Mike Leake takes the hill for the Cards. Good story lines there for both pitchers. The broadcast teams will have plenty to work with… The Brewers (0-2) are at home for another contest with the Giants this afternoon… The Reds (1-0) are hosting the Phillies. Brandon Finnegan makes the start…