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Pirates lead the Cardinals 5-1 after fifth, Lance Lynn already knocked out of the game

Oct 4, 2013, 2:32 PM EDT

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NLDS Game 2 between the Pirates and the Cardinals is, as I write this, in the top of the fifth inning. And the story today is very different than it was yesterday.

Pittsburgh leads 5-1 at the moment, and Pirates fans can thank Gerrit Cole for much of that margin.  Cole is dealing, having sailed through the first four innings, allowing one hit and striking out three while tossing only 51 pitches. Cole plated the game’s first run with an RBI single in the second. The Pirates have added runs via a two-run homer from Pedro Alvarez in the third and a ground rule double from Marlon Byrd, which sent Justin Morneau home after a double of his own.

As the fifth inning wears on, Lance Lynn has just been pulled from the game by Mike Matheny, his last act issuing a walk to Alvarez. Two on, one out and the Pirates are threatening to score again and to even up the NLDS before it heads back to Pittsburgh.

UPDATE: Make that 5-0, as Russell Martin just singled in Byrd.

UPDATE 2: Make it 5-1 after five, as Yadier Molina hit a homer off Cole. Then Cole retired the side 1-2-3. We go on to the sixth.

  1. vlock1 - Oct 4, 2013 at 3:13 PM

    Gerrit Cole is really good.

  2. NatsLady - Oct 4, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    Cards playing a sloppy game. Thought that was impossible.

    • bfunk1978 - Oct 4, 2013 at 3:23 PM

      Dude, that second inning was brutal. A ball got over Jon Jay and then that foul ball that Molina just whiffed on. It’s almost like they’ve never played at that stadium before.

  3. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Oct 4, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    But what does this have to do with ARod’s lawsuit?

  4. Stiller43 - Oct 4, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    Liriano at home next? Series could very well be 2-1 buccos with a home game to try and clinch.

    • spudchukar - Oct 4, 2013 at 3:57 PM

      Yeah, I doubt the Cards get back to St. Louis. Little chance against Liriano, and the Mojo in Pittsburgh with a 2-1 lead is most likely too much to overcome. Not optimistic.

      • babyfarkmcgeezax - Oct 4, 2013 at 4:23 PM

        I wouldn’t count the Cards out after what they did to the Nats last year. Go Bucs.

      • spudchukar - Oct 4, 2013 at 5:00 PM

        Yeah, but you don’t understand the Cards like I do. They are good against better talented teams, but not so hot against teams with Mojo. Giants last year, Red Sox before. I know what they are good at, and they are counting on a rookie who has had some good some so-so outings to get them back to St. Louis, and that is a bad bet.

  5. Todd Boss - Oct 4, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    Good thing the Cards sat their 2nd best starter in the bullpen so they could give a start to their #5 starter. That was smart.

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