Greetings from Boston! The weather is shitty and the Sox Opener has been Postponed leaving thousands of Band-wagoners crying across the nation. But we here at CGO could not care less. The Pirates are in St. Louis, they are playing, and with a new season brings new hope. At least for a week or so.
According to the PBC, the weather isn't much better in St. Louis either. It's not raining though, and a game will be played!
Let's check out the line-ups
1. Nyjer Morgan, LF
2. Freddy Sanchez, 2B
3. Nate McLouth, CF
4. Ryan Doumit, C
5. Adam LaRoche, 1B
6. Andy LaRoche, 3B
7. Brandon Moss, RF
8. Jack Wilson, SS
9. Maholm, P
Pretty Predictable line-up for the Pirates. Nyjer's got to get a good start to the season after a pretty sub-par spring and Brandon Moss better watch his back with Craig Monroe waiting in the wings showing he's still got some pop in that bat of his.
1. Brendan Ryan, 2B
2. Rick Ankiel, CF
3. Albert Pujols, 1B
4. Khalil Greene, SS
5. Ryan Ludwick, RF
6. Yadier Molina, C
7. Chris Duncan, LF
8. Brian Barden, 3B
9. Wainwright, P
Aside from Pujols the Pirate Killer, this line-up doesn't look to strike fear into anyone (not even the Pirates.) Why is Khalil Greene hitting 4th? He sucks. Let's hope Paul Maholm can improve on last years great pitching performances.
UPDATE: 2 minutes till game time and mlb.tv is already having issues. F my life.
UPDATE: OK, the fsn broadcast is soundless so I'm on the Cardinals Broadcast.
Nice start for Morgan. Base hit sliced to left field.
Morgan Steals. Sanchez strikes out. and McLouth walks.
Doumit flies out to center. 2 Outs
Base Hit Adam Laroches. For the first time in history he's batting 1.000 in April! Bases Juiced.
And Andy strikes out. The Pirates miss a good opportunity but i liked what I saw from Nyjer coming out getting a hit and a steal right off the bat is big. Also, I'm liking the new Unis!
One Pitch One out. Like it.
3 Pitches 2 Outs. Love it.
And there's no I want some more of it as I was going for. Pujols doubles inside the 3rd baseline.
LaRoche makes the catch but had he missed it would have nailed Moss right in the face. 3 Outs and Paul is looking good. Onto the 2nd.
Pirates 0 Cardinals 0
Moss hits to shallow center but a diving catch by Ankiel makes for out number 1.
Jack strikes out looking. 2 outs.
Paul is helping his cause. Base hit into left center.
Nyjer is my new favorite player. 2-2. man on first and second.
Slow Freddy ends the inning with a liner to 2nd onto first for the out.
And Ludwick hits it to third. Laroche picks it up and throws onto Laroche. 1 out.
Molina hits it into center field. McLouth makes the catch. 2 outs.
Double for Duncan as Nyjer lost his footing and doesn't make a play he should have.
But Nate makes a catch in center to end the inning. 3 outs.
Pirates 0 Cardinals 0
UPDATE: The stream for the FSN Pirates game is completely gone now. I don't know if this is MLBTV's fault or FSN's but we all know about Fox's shitty production.
Nate hits a liner to Greene who throws onto first. 1 out.
Pujols ranges to his right to scoop up the ball and throws on to Wainwright. Doumit gone. 2 outs.
LaRoche lines it into right for the 3rd out. Bucs go down in order for the first time.
Wainwright puts the ball in play and reaches first on a stupid misplay by the younger Laroche. One man on.
Brendan Ryan hits a base-hit. 2 men on. no outs.
Ankiel lines it to second. 1 out. But guess who's up.
Pujols loads the bases with a hit up the middle. Let's see how Paul handles Greene.
Of course I talk bad about the guy and Greene gets a base hit. 1-0 Cardinals.
And Ludwick gets a base-hit. 2-0 Cardinals.
Double Play ends the inning.
Cards 2 Pirates 0
Ludwick almost misplays Andy LaRoches fly ball to right. Keyword: Almost. 1 out.
Moss strikes out. 2 Outs.
And Wainwright has sent Seven straight down as Jack gets out.
Ball hit to first. One Out. It seems like the Cards have been swinging at Paul's first pitches recently.
Paul rings up his first K of the day. 2 Outs.
Wainwright with his second hit of the game. Classic Pirates giving up hits to the Pitcher.
Adam L makes the catch in foul territory for the 3rd out.
Onto the 5th
Cards 2 Pirates 0
Paul walks. 1 on.
Nyjer Strikes out. No longer my favorite player. 1 out. 1 on.
Freddy lines out to right. 2 outs.
Nate walks again. 2 on 2 outs for Ryan Doumit.
And Doumit strikes out. Buccos leaving a lot of men on base today.
Ankiel pops it up in the infield and Adam LaRoche makes the catch. 1 away.
And Pujols is human after all. Moss catches a pop up in right field. 2 outs.
Greene hits it softly to Jack, who throws onto first. 3 outs.
Cards 2 Pirates 0
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Classic Adam LaRoche. He strikes out. 1 out.
Wow, that was a gift. Andy LaRoche walks on a 3-2 count.
LaRoche moves to second on a passed ball.
And Wainwright just can't seem to find the zone now. Time for a boring mound visit.
Moss walks. Men on first and second with one out.
LaRussa pulls Wainwright for Josh Kinney.
Wilson flies out to Khalil Greene. 2 outs.
Maholm walks! Bases Loaded for Nyjer.
Trevor Miller comes in to try and retire Morgan.
BASE HIT MORGAN. 2-2 tie game. Guess who's my favorite player again!
Blooper base hit by Sanchez but Maholm gets caught between 3rd and home. Still the Pirates tie it up and we have a whole new ball game.
Bouncer back to Maholm, the throw onto first and Paul has one out in the 6th.
Wilson scoops up a ball hit to short. Throws onto 1st for the 2nd out.
Another error for Andy LaRoche. Let's hope it doesn't come back to bite us in the ass again.
And it doesn't. Infield pop up to Sanchez. Into the 7th we go all tied up at 2.
Nasty Nate Strikes out. One out.
Greene commits an error as Doumit's ball skips right under him. One on One out.
LaRoche strikes out for the second consecutive time. 2 outs.
Larussa is bringing in Kyle McClellan and David Freese for a double switch. Let's hope Andy LaRoche makes up for his earlier miscues.
Nope. One Pitch one Out and that makes 3.
Freese hits the ball softly to third. 1 out.
Ball popped up, caught by LaRoche. 2 outs.
Maholm goes too far inside and hits Ankiel. Something you don't want to do with Pujols on deck.
Ankiel moves to second on a wild pitch. Intentionally walking Pujols. Smart Move.
Maholm's day is done. Double Switch bringing in Yates and Vasquez.
McClouth catches Greene's fly ball to end the inning.
Into the 8th still 2-2.
Moss hits a ball to the warning track but its caught by Ankiel. 1 out.
Wilson strikes out. 2 outs.
Vasquez gets a base-hit. 1 man on. 2 outs.
Morgan bounces into a fielders choice. 3 outs.
Ludwick hits one out. 3-2 Cardinals.
Molina pops out to Sanchez. One out.
Chris Duncan walks.
Shumaker comes in to hit for McClellan.
Shumaker lines a two strike base hit into center. Runners at 1st and 3rd.
Fly ball to Moss for the out but Pinch-Runner Thurston comes home. 4-2 Cards.