Final in 19
2:15 PM ET, August 19, 2012
Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri
SweetSpot: 19 innings, no problem
Pedro Alvarez's game-winning home run highlights the difference for the Pirates between 2012 and 2011, writes Jack Moore. SweetSpot
St. Louis 1B Allen Craig extended his hitting streak to nine games with a single in the fourth inning. ... Jon Jay snapped an 0-for-14 skid with a two-out single in the 13th. ... Garcia's 10 strikeouts are the most by a St. Louis left-hander since Mark Mulder had 12 on May 9, 2005, against Los Angeles. ... The Cardinals sent RHP Trevor Rosenthal to Triple-A Memphis prior to the game to make room for Garcia. ... St. Louis plays host to Houston in a three-game set beginning Tuesday. Adam Wainwright (11-10, 3.87) will face Lucas Harrell (10-8, 3.81) in the series opener. Wainwright drew a walk as a pinch hitter Sunday. ... Pittsburgh closes out a six-game road trip with three at San Diego starting Monday. ... Walker did not start for the fourth successive game with a dislocated pinky on his right hand. He later pinch hit. ... Molina grounded out to second to finish a 14-pitch at-bat in the fourth.
ST. LOUIS, MO - AUGUST 19: Allen Craig #21 of the St. Louis Cardinals fields a one hopper against the Pittsburgh...(Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
Regular Season Series
|Pittsburgh leads 8-7 (as of Sun 8/19)|
|Fri 4/20||STL 4, @PIT 1||Recap|
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|Fri 6/29||PIT 14, @STL 5||Recap|
|Sat 6/30||PIT 7, @STL 3||Recap|
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|Fri 8/17||PIT 2, @STL 1||Recap|
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|» Sun 8/19||PIT 6, @STL 3||Box Score|
|Mon 8/27||STL 4, @PIT 3||Recap|
|Tue 8/28||@PIT 9, STL 0||Recap|
|Wed 8/29||@PIT 5, STL 0||Recap|
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|4th||C Beltran doubled to deep right, A Craig and M Holliday scored.||0||2|
|6th||J Harrison hit sacrifice fly to center, C Barmes scored, J Karstens to third.||1||2|
|6th||A McCutchen reached on infield single to shortstop, J Karstens scored.||2||2|
|17th||G Jones reached on infield single to second, J McDonald scored, P Alvarez to third, C Barmes to second.||3||2|
|17th||T Cruz hit sacrifice fly to left, R Jackson scored.||3||3|
|19th||P Alvarez homered to right center (416 feet).||4||3|
|19th||A McCutchen singled to right, C Barmes and J Tabata scored, J Harrison to third.||6||3|
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|Stadium||Busch Stadium, St. Louis, MO|
|Attendance||43,412 (98.7% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||82 degrees, partly cloudy|
|Umpires||Home Plate - James Hoye, First Base - Jim Joyce, Second Base - Lance Barrett, Third Base - Jim Reynolds|
From Elias: Jaime Garcia has now started 2 games that lasted at least 19 innings in the last 3 seasons. He also started the 20-inning game against the Mets The last pitcher to start a pair of 19+ inning games in a 3-year period was Hall-of-Famer Bert Blyleven (1979 and 1980).
From Elias: Wandy Rodriguez snapped a personal 6-game losing streak with the win for the Pirates on Sunday. Rodriguez is the first pitcher to break a personal single-season losing streak of 6 games or longer in a game that went at least 19 innings.
Since 2007 only 2 players have game-tying RBI in the 17th inning or later... and they are both Cardinals. Coincidentally, Yadier Molina had the last one, in 2010, when he tied the game against the Mets in the 19th inning (the Cardinals lost in 20 innings). Molina singled to lead off the 17th inning today, and was pinch run for by Ryan Jackson, who SCORED the tying run after the Pirates took the lead in the 17th.
From Elias: Pedro Alvarez's HR in the 19th inning is the latest HR ever for a Pirates player.
Michael McKenry is the 1st Pirates player to go 0-8 or worse in a game since Johnny Ray in a 16-inning loss to Phillies on June 21, 1985.
From Elias: Pirates are 1st team to score 3+ runs in 19th inning or later since Expos at Astros on July 7, 1985 (3 in 19th). The last time Pirates scored 3+ runs in 19th inning or later was July 31, 1912 at Boston Braves (3 in 19th).
The last time the Pirates played a 19-inning game, it was last season where they lost to the Braves. The extra-inning defeat seemed to change Pittsburgh's fortunes the rest of the way, as they finished 19-42 following that loss to the Braves.[+]
Pirates 19-Inning Games - Last 2 Seasons
From Elias: The 19-inning game is the longest Pirates-Cardinals game. They played two 17-inning games, on May 30, 1938 and August 2, 1982.
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