Down Goes The Cardinals!

RAISE IT!!! Alright, I do apologize for the over excitement, but finally our first Raise It of the year has come. The Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the St. Louis Cardinals to a score of 4-1.
Today’s brightest star was clearly Francisco Liriano. Not only did he go 6 strong shutout innings, but his stuff looked filthy as usual. He finished the game tying an Opening Day record of his own by striking out 10 batters. We can nit pick and call out the five walks he gave, but a few of them were situational as Frankie did not want to give the hitters anything good to swing at. He was able to get himself out of these jams, which to his credit, negates the walk issue.
The Pirates were quick to get on the scoreboard when Liriano singled in Polanco, and then Jaso followed that up by driving in Mercer with a single to center in the 2nd inning. This all started with Polanco doubling to right and Harrison pushing him over to third on a ground out. Shortly after, Mercer would get on by a walk.
Later in the 6th, Harrison would hit a sac fly that scored Cervelli, which made the score 3-0. Then, in the 8th, the Buccos would score their final run on a Jordy Mercer double scoring Polanco.
Hurdle decided to send in Melancon to close out the gave, even though it was not a save situation. This seemed as a smart move and something we may see more of this season. However, Melancon would allow a lead off hit and then plunked Wong to allow two runners on with no outs. He did work well in the jam even though he did allow a run to score off of Matt Carpenter. Regardless, Adams would fly out for the final out and Pittsburgh would come away with the first victory of the 2016 season!
Pittsburgh looked very sharp today. Take away Harrison’s mindless dropped catch, which was called an out due to the infield fly rule, and Cervelli’s aggressive throw to 2nd trying to start a double play, and the defensive looked sound. They would end the day with nine hits and five walks. Freese, Cervelli, and Polanco all has multiple hits in todays contest.
Tomorrow, the Pirates will have an off day and then will be back at PNC to face the Cardinals once again. Pittsburgh will be facing Michael Wacha and will be throwing Jon Niese on the mound. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05PM.

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