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Cardinals Top Pirates 3-0, Despite Piscotty’s Injury In Violent Collision

Cardinals Win

GENE J. PUSKAR/AP

Both the St. Louis Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Pirates entered Mondays match-up looking to gain an advantage for the lead in the NL West division. The game was played in front of 30,198 fans at PNC Park, with the Pirates starter J.A. Happ facing off against the Cardinals Lance Lynn.

Both starters kept their team in the game with Happ tossing six shutout innings of one hit ball, walking none and striking out four, while Lynn threw five innings, allowing four hits, no runs, walked four and struck out six.

As both teams were battling to keep each from gaining an advantage, it was all put to the side in the bottom of the seventh as outfielder Stephen Piscotty collided with Peter Bourjos when both players went for the ball. Piscotty took the brunt of the collision as he suffered a bruise to the head as Bourjos knee collided with Picotty’s head.

The 24-year old outfielder remained motionless for about a minute as Bourjos summoned to the bench that help was needed. Play was stopped for about 10 minutes as the medical staff took care of Piscotty, eventually getting him on a stretcher and taking him to a local hospital.

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Cardinals Stephen Piscotty lays motionless after violent collision with fellow outfielder Peter Bourjos. AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar

Play resumed and the Cardinals and Pirates went back to work looking finally get a run across the plate. Both teams had their opportunities through out the game but couldn’t get the key hit. But in the top of the ninth, the Cardinal’s got a one-out single from Matt Carpenter. Next batter Jon Jay hit a single to right field but Gregory Polanco over-ran the ball and then Andrew McCuthen bobbled the ball allowing Carpenter to score all the way from first base to give the Cardinals a 1-0 lead.

Then on an 0-2 count, Matt Reynolds parked the pitch over the center field wall to add to the lead at 3-0.  The Pirates got out of the inning without further damage and in the bottom half of the ninth, McCutchen walked, Starling Marte singled to put two runners on with no outs.  Next batter Neil walker grounded out to first base moving the runners over, but the umpires called the play back as it appeared that Walker fouled the ball off his foot. But looking at the replay, the ball did not touch his foot, and his reaction was kind of comical to say the least. But the call stayed and he then struck out. Might have been better to have taken the out moving both runners over into scoring position.

Francisco Cervelli then lined out to right field, which would have scored a run had the foul ball off Walker’s foot been turned over, and then pinch hitter Aramis Ramirez lined out to first baseman Matt Reynolds to end the game.

With the win the Cardinals now lead the Pirates by four games, and the Magic number to clinch the NL Central is now 2.

The Cardinals and Pirates face-off for game two of their three game series on Tuesday with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 pm.

David Conde

David Conde

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