Updated: Jun 6, 2021
After the debacle in San Diego, the Cards returned home, and first up was a two-game stint against the Pittsburg Pirates.
Game 1, 5/18 vs. Pittsburgh, Cardinals 5 Pirates 2
Nolan Arenado had a home run to help power the Cardinals to a victory, putting an end to their three-game losing streak.
The home run was his fourth in four days. He also had a single for his 13th multi-hit game.
For Arenado, the home run was his 10th, and with 5 HR on the road and 5 HR at home, he is putting to rest the idea that his career numbers have been Coors Field inflated. Along with his 10 HR and 27 RBI, he is slashing .307/.362/.583.
Tommy Edman had three singles and 2 RBI. Edmundo Sosa also had two hits and an RBI, While Dylan Carlson and Yadier Molina had multi-hit games.
John Gant went into the 6th inning for only the second time this year to get his third win. Gant went 5 1/3, giving up two runs on five hits. He struck out three and walked one. His ERA is now 2.04, but his 1.56 WHIP remains somewhat high. Genesis Cabrera, Giovanny Gallegos, and Alex Reyes took care of the rest, combining for one hit, three strikeouts, and no runs allowed. Reyes picked up the save and is 12-for-12 without a blown opportunity.
The Birds started the scoring with the Arenado 2-run home run in the first. An Edman single in the second inning plated two more runs. In the third inning, Edmundo Sosa doubled home the Cards’ final run. The Buckos were able to plate two in the 6th on a ground out by Gregory Polanco and an infield single by Erik Gonzalez. The Cards are 1-0 for the week and 24-18 overall.
Game 2 5/19 vs. Pittsburgh Cardinals 8 Pirates 5
Jack Flaherty notched his eighth win without a defeat, a feat that had not been done since 1985 when both John Tudor and Joaquin Andujar did it. It was also the first time a Cardinal pitcher has gone 8-0 in his first 9 starts since Bob Gibson in 1965. Flaherty went 6 innings allowing two runs on four hits. He walked for with 7 K’s.
Kodi Whitley allowed three runs without getting an out in the 7th inning. Tyler Webb came in and gave up two hits in 1/3 inning. Genesis Cabrera finished the 7th started the 8th inning. Ryan Helsley finished the eight and paved the way for the closer.