Cardinals' Oh Seung-hwan earns 1st save of season

Dansby Swanson hit an RBI single with two outs in the ninth inning and Atlanta, boosted by Freddie Freeman's two home runs, beat San Diego for a four-game sweep in its first series at SunTrust Park. "When you go through a rotation and see we've not pitched the way were capable of or played the way were capable of, you want to be the guy that kind of gets us going and stops it". After stellar starts from Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon during the Pirates trip to Wrigley Field this past weekend, it was Ivan Nova's turn to impress Monday at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. "I just felt I wasn't in my natural element of attacking hitters, and that's not me".

"Both of those starters were quick and efficient", Hurdle said. They are also tied for 21st in home runs (11), and 25th in RBIs (41). "You know, it's the biggest win possible in April that you could have, so we're going to be all right", he said.

Nova's pitch to Wong was one of only a few mistakes the Pittsburgh right-hander made in the game.

St. Louis added a run in the seventh when Randal Grichuk singled, stole second, took third on a throwing error by catcher Francisco Cervelli and scored on a single by Jose Martinez.

Trevor Rosenthal pitched the 8th inning for the Cardinals and retired the Pirates in order. Bell scored when pinch-hitter Gregory Polanco, who had been out since Friday due to a sore groin, doubled to center.

In a game where the featured story was the suspension of Pirates' star outfielder Starling Marte, the Cardinals mustered just enough offense behind another fantastic start from Mike Leake to take their second game in a row.

According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetDSI, the Cardinals are -126 money line favorites versus the visit Pirates, who have odds of +114 to pull off the upset tonight in St. Louis. It is, however, time for the Cardinals' talented young players to start performing to ease the minds of their fans. He was hurt fielding a ball in the Sunday night game. In his two starts this year, Nova has a 1-1 record, a 2.25 ERA and five Ks in 12.0 innings.

Pirates: OF Jose Osuna was called up from Triple-A Indianapolis to fill Marte's spot.

Cardinals: RHP Michael Wacha (1-1, 3.00 ERA) had a six-game winning streak snapped in his last outing.

Only note I have this week is to take a look at the video below and Andrew McCutchen's reaction after making a great play in right-center field.

The 40-year-old Arroyo (1-2) allowed three runs in five innings, including Adam Jones' two-run homer in the fifth.

Cardinals: RHP Mike Leake (1-1, 3.00 ERA) will make his third outing coming off pitching seven scoreless innings in a 6-1 win at Washington. He is 3-2 with a 4.25 ERA in 11 career games against Pittsburgh.

  • Julie Sanders