MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Pittsburgh0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 170
St. Louis1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 x 360
  W: A. Wainwright (6-5)   L: J. Brubaker (4-7)   S: A. Reyes (18)
11:15 AM PT12:15 PM MT1:15 PM CT2:15 PM ET14:15 ET18:15 GMT2:15 11:15 AM MST1:15 PM EST1:45 PM VEN22:15 UAE12:15 PM CT, June 26, 2021
Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri  Attendance: 33,058

Skidding Cardinals turn to Adam Wainwright vs. Pirates

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Pittsburgh Pirates at St. Louis Cardinals

  1. The Cardinals are 5-0 against the Pirates this season and have won nine straight overall in the series, tied for the longest active win streak by any team against a divisional opponent (Giants, nine straight vs. D-backs). St. Louis has a commanding 25-9 lead in the series since 2019.
  2. The Pirates are 3-2 over their last five games (all at home), following a season-high 10-game losing streak. Pittsburgh's active 11-game road losing skid is its longest since a 14-gamer in July/August 2010.
  3. St. Louis has gone just 6-14 in the month of June, after going 16-12 in May. Their decline in win percentage from May to June (-.271) is the second largest in baseball, ahead of only the Rays (-.336).
  4. Bryan Reynolds is on an eight-game hitting streak, with six out of the eight games being multi-hit performances. He is slashing .438/.438/.719 with two home runs and 7 RBI over that span.
  5. In three games against Pittsburgh this year, Tyler O'Neill has seven hits, one home run and three RBI and is slashing .538/.538/.846. His eight career HR and 22 RBI against the Pirates are his most versus any opponent.
  6. Carlos Martinez gave up eight earned runs over just 3.0 innings in his last start, and is winless in his last six outings (0-4). Chad Kuhl went 6.0 innings against Cleveland in his last start, giving up only one earned run and picking up his first win of the season.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 6/24/2021 thru 6/27/2021

The Pittsburgh Pirates will seek continued top-of-the-order production when they visit the St. Louis Cardinals again Saturday.

Adam Frazier, Ke'Bryan Hayes and Bryan Reynolds drove the offense as the Pirates won the first two games of this four-game series at Busch Stadium.

In the 8-2 victory Thursday, those three hitters combined go to 8-for-12 with two homers, three walks, five RBIs and six runs scored.

"They've put together consistent at-bats," Pirates manager Derek Shelton said. "Those guys at the top have really done a nice job all year long."

In Friday's 5-4 victory, those three combined to reach base seven times (three hits, two walks, one hit by pitch, one fielder's choice) and score four times. Reynolds extended his hitting streak to 10 games, and Hayes pushed his on-base streak to 29 games.

"I think it's our job, being the top three in that order, to just get on base and produce some runs," said Frazier, who has a .401 on-base percentage this season.

While the Pirates have won five of their last seven games, the Cardinals have lost five straight games and seven of eight.

But manager Mike Shildt saw progress with new leadoff hitter Dylan Carlson (homer, two RBIs) and No. 3 hitter Nolan Arenado (single, homer, three walks) providing a spark.

"There was a lot of positive signs from the offense -- six walks, a lot of traffic out there, a lot of good at-bats, guys going the other way, Dylan hitting an opposite field bomb, Nolan was tremendous tonight," Shildt said.

"It comes down to little things. We weren't able to get that proverbial big hit."

JT Brubaker (4-6, 3.77 ERA) will start Saturday's game for the Pirates. He is coming off a hard-luck 2-1 loss to the Cleveland Indians on June 20.

Brubaker struck out nine batters, walked nobody and allowed two runs on three hits in 6 2/3 innings. He made use of his full pitch arsenal in that game.

"We didn't really have to show them the slider too much [early], which we were able to do the second and third time through," catcher Jacob Stallings said after that game. "I thought that was really big for him and us."

Brubaker is 0-2 with a 6.75 ERA against the Cardinals in two starts this season and 0-2 with a 5.68 ERA in three career appearances, which includes one in relief in 2020.

Arenado (3-for-5, walk, two doubles, homer, four RBIs), Carlson (3-for-5, walk, double), Tommy Edman (3-for-8, two RBIs), Edmundo Sosa (2-for-3, double, RBI), Tyler O'Neill (1-for-3, home run) and Yadier Molina (2-for-4) have hit well against Brubaker.

Adam Wainwright (5-5, 3.74 ERA) will start for the Cardinals. He went the distance in a seven-inning doubleheader game in his last start, a 9-1 victory over the Atlanta Braves June 20.

Wainwright has not faced the Pirates this season. He is 17-7 with a 4.17 ERA in 43 career outings against the Pirates, including 37 starts.

He has had success against Ben Gamel (0-for-7) and Kevin Newman (2-for-11), but not as much luck against Colin Moran (6-for-17, double, homer, four RBIs) and Frazier (6-for-25, three walks, two homers, three RBIs).

--Field Level Media

Updated June 26, 2021

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