He stayed in the game and got a two-run single in a four-run eighth for the NL Central leaders. Tony Watson, yesterday's goat, vindicated himself somewhat with a 1-2-3 ninth to get the save. Randal Grichuk and Jhonny Peralta followed with home runs of their own as the Cardinals rallied with two outs in the ninth to grab the lead and hold on for a 9-7 win over the Pirates.
Kang launched his 17th home run off Alex Reyes of the St. Louis Cardinals at PNC Park in Pittsburgh on Wednesday (local time). "The guy's got some juice. I think it's just a matter of just continuing to get better". It's a fun team to play on.
"What'd we hit tonight, five?" In these four innings pitched Vogelsong allowed five runs on six hits, one walk, he allowed a pair of home runs, and he only struck out two batters.
Kang added an RBI with a single in the four-run fifth, as the Pirates went ahead 6-5. On the very next pitch Yadier Molina hit a grand slam to give the Cardinals a 4-0 first inning lead.
Kang had hit two home runs Tuesday against the Cards, including one off of fellow South Korean, Oh Seung-hwan.
ROYALS 11, TWINS 5 Brian Dozier hit three home runs for host Minnesota, but Kansas City used home runs by Kendrys Morales and Eric Hosmer to get the road victory. His wild throw to second on an attempted double play gave Pittsburgh life.
Cardinals manager Mike Matheny had such a good time watching his club produce on offense Monday that the almost 3 1/2-hour game flew by.
Matt Carpenter hasn't felt right since he came back from an injury more than a month ago. "I'm at a loss".
The Pirates matched the early Cardinals' offense, scoring two first-inning runs on Gregory Polanco and Kang RBI singles. Pittsburgh has dropped eight straight. The Cardinals remained true to their season by going 5-4 on the road trip, opening up a 4½-game lead on the Pirates but losing ground to the Mets (74-66). Opponents outscored them, 47-22, during the slide, including a 12-6 setback Monday night in which the Cardinals simply overpowered Pittsburgh's struggling pitching staff. There's yet time to turn things around, but it has to start on Tuesday, as the Pirates can't afford to lose much more from here on out.
St. Louis rookie outfielder Jose Martinez made his long-awaited major league debut when he entered as a pinch-hitter in the seventh. The 28-year-old son of former major leaguer Carlos "Café" Martinez grounded out to third in his first plate appearance after more than a decade in the minors. "This is a good day for him". St. Louis RF Stephen Piscotty was in the lineup after being hit by a pitch on the left wrist in the series opener. He takes the first pitch served up and sends a missile out right for a Grand Slam. Postgame X-rays were negative and Piscotty doubled as a pinch-hitter in the eighth.
C Francisco Cervelli had a hematoma drained from under the nail of his left thumb Tuesday, but was good to go a day later. RHP Mike Leake will return after a bout with the shingles when he starts on Wednesday. Pittsburgh's Ivan Nova (11-6, 4.34 ERA) will take on the Reds' Dan Straily (11-7, 3.83 ERA).
The Pirates will counter with rookie Jameson Taillon (3-4, 3.25 ERA), who will be making his 15th start. He's pitched exactly six inning sin six of his last seven starts, the lone outlier also his loss - a 2 1/3-inning, seven-run performance against the Los Angeles Angels Aug. 29.