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Cardinals score seven runs in third inning to chase A.J. Burnett early in Game 1 of NLDS

Oct 3, 2013, 6:29 PM EDT

Carlos Beltran, A.J. Burnett AP AP

The Cardinals have stormed out to an early lead over the Pirates in Game 1 of the NLDS.

Pirates right-hander A.J. Burnett completely melted down in the bottom of the third inning, giving up seven runs before being pulled from the ballgame. He failed to record an out in the nightmare frame.

The ugly inning started with a leadoff walk to Adam Wainwright and a single from Matt Carpenter, which set up a long three-run homer from Carlos Beltran which landed in the second deck inside the right field foul pole. Burnett then gave up a double to Matt Holliday and hit Matt Adams with a pitch before walking Yadier Molina and Jon Jay to force in a run. David Freese followed with a single down the right field line to score two more runs while a third run scored on a throwing error by Marlon Byrd. That was enough for Clint Hurdle to finally bring the hook.

According to Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, the seven runs scored by the Cardinals are an NLDS record for an inning. It might be time to start thinking ahead to Game 2.

As for Beltran, his postseason excellence continues. He now has 15 home runs in 153 plate appearances in the postseason, tying him with Babe Ruth for eighth all-time. As our own Matthew Pouliot points out, his 1.275 OPS is the best all-time among players with at least 100 plate appearances. You can watch the video of his third-inning blast below:

Meanwhile, Wainwright has been brilliant on the mound for the Cardinals. He has sat down all nine batters he has faced while striking out three. The Cardinals lead it 7-0 as we move to the top of the fourth inning.

  1. ditchparrot19 - Oct 3, 2013 at 6:34 PM

    Wow, what a complete shock that Burnett pi$$ed all over himself once again. I really thought this would be the time it didn’t happen.

    What an idiot I was for thinking that!

    • theskinsman - Oct 3, 2013 at 6:48 PM

      The shock is that Hurdle is either betting on the Bucs, or he’s a complete idiot. Might as well leave AJ in the whole game…and start him the next one too. Idiot!

      • ditchparrot19 - Oct 3, 2013 at 7:09 PM

        And what’s the deal with Morneau in the cleanup slot every game? The dude’s finished! He’s incapable of getting a hit that doesn’t fall on a near-vertical trajectory between an infielder and an outfielder.

        Stick Garrett Jones in there just to see what might happen! You’re not going to get jack out of Morneau.

      • theskinsman - Oct 3, 2013 at 7:14 PM

        I’m a Red Sox fan, but I can’t help but be wondering WTF is going on in Hurdle’s empty head.

    • hustleandflomax - Oct 3, 2013 at 7:52 PM

      Don’t know why, but I had a gut feeling that Burnett was going to shut the Redbirds down tonight!

  2. 7mantel - Oct 3, 2013 at 6:35 PM

    That’s the Burnett us Yankee fans know !

  3. thedudeabides422 - Oct 3, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    Burnett is a CHOKER. Blows up in every pressure game, which was every game as a Yank. His first meaningful game as a Bucco ends with a 31.5 ERA.

  4. jre80 - Oct 3, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    Get used to it bucco fans. Oh and LA or ATL and whatever AL team the BIRDS end up playin

    • ditchparrot19 - Oct 3, 2013 at 7:07 PM

      Ah, not really ready to start bowing down to the Cardinals. Pretty much the same team that pulled that epic choke job last year against the Giants.

      • cohnjusack - Oct 3, 2013 at 7:42 PM

        In all fairness, that was only the Cardinals 2nd biggest choke when leading an NLCS 3-1.

        They only lost the last 3 games by a combined score of 20-1. Much better than 1996 when they lost the last 3 games by a score of 32-1.

    • spudchukar - Oct 3, 2013 at 7:29 PM

      jre, you are not speaking for most Cards fans here. It is only 1 game.

      • paperlions - Oct 3, 2013 at 7:51 PM


        The next game with start 0-0 with the Pirates having the advantage on the mound (in theory, at least). This was a game the Cardinals pretty much had to win with Wainwright at home.

    • stlouis1baseball - Oct 4, 2013 at 11:51 AM

      jre: Don’t be a chump. As Spud and Paper said…you don’t speak for Cardinals fans.
      Now take that shit to profootballtalk.

  5. e5tolife - Oct 3, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    That was simply poor management by hurdle. Burnett didn’t look sharp all day and you let the first 6-7 batters of an inning reach before you even get someone up in the bullpen???

    Also why on earth does Barmes still play? His fielding percentage is .968 compared to mercer’s .965 (not including tonight’s terrible game) but his batting average is about 60 points lower. He brings nothing to the table offensively and is barely better in the field.

    • spudchukar - Oct 3, 2013 at 7:31 PM

      Barmes is an infinitely better defender, has good numbers vs. Wainwright, and is experienced. And it isn’t like Mercer is some offensive wonder.

  6. hustleandflomax - Oct 3, 2013 at 7:24 PM

    yes Ditch, the epically “terrible” San Francisco team that won their division with 94 wins and then bulldozed the Detroit Tigers with a sweep. Giants got hot and were clearly the better team. No shame in that.

    • ditchparrot19 - Oct 3, 2013 at 7:40 PM

      Up 3-1 and facing Barry Zito next.


      You can sneak up behind any Redbirds rooter and yell ZITO! and watch him instantly have an accident in his pants.

      • cohnjusack - Oct 3, 2013 at 7:44 PM

        Not true actually. They lost…badly. Shit happens. It’s a bummer, but it’s actually not that heartbreaking when you get totally destroyed.

      • hustleandflomax - Oct 3, 2013 at 7:46 PM

        That’s true…that was a dark time for us. BUT fortunately, we can always pop in the DVD set from the 2011 World Series to help us forget last year’s NLCS. Was the DVD even invented the last time the Pirates won the Series?

      • paperlions - Oct 3, 2013 at 7:53 PM

        It’s also not heartbreaking the year after winning the WS.

  7. herkulease - Oct 3, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    Its the uniforms fault.

  8. pens5829 - Oct 3, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    The only thing I think could possibly have happened is Hurdle was back in the locker room taking a dump and couldn’t get out fast enough to pull Burnett. What other acceptable reason could he POSSIBLY have for not seeing what every single person on the face of the earth watching the first four innings saw??? What an IDIOT!!!!

  9. e5tolife - Oct 3, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    Look at the stats. Barmes is no better than mercer when it comes to fielding percentage.

    And as far as mercer not being an offensive wonder…

    He doesn’t have to be, Barmes is as close to an automatic out as you get from a position player. I’d rather have the offense.

    • paperlions - Oct 3, 2013 at 9:07 PM

      Hehe….fld%, that is cute. Now, do a serious comparison.

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