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4:15 PM PT5:15 PM MT6:15 PM CT7:15 PM ET19:15 ET23:15 GMT7:15 4:15 PM MST6:15 PM EST6:45 PM VEN3:15 UAE (+1)6:15 PM CT, August 30, 2018
Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri  Attendance: 38,561

Cardinals seek 10th straight series win vs. Pirates

According to STATS
According to STATS

Pittsburgh Pirates at St. Louis Cardinals

  1. The Cardinals have gone 7-6 against the Pirates in 2018 despite starting 0-4. The teams have played one four-game series in St. Louis this season -- the Cardinals took three games, winning the June 2 game courtesy of a Kolten Wong walkoff home run.
  2. St. Louis has gone 15-3 since August 7, surging to the lead of the NL Wild Card race. The Cardinals' .833 win percentage over this span ties them for the third-best 18-game span of 2018, trailing the Red Sox and Yankees who both put together 17-1 (.944) spans (highest win pct in overlapping spans).
  3. Gregory Polanco is riding a seven-game hitting streak during which he boasts a .393/.471/.821 slash line. The streak contains three multi-hit games, and has seen Polanco slug seven extra-base hits, knock six runners home and score five runs.
  4. Jedd Gyorko helped the Cardinals to victory in Sunday's series finale against the Rockies with a three-hit game. St. Louis has won each of the last six games in which Gyorko has gotten at least two hits, and the Cardinals are 14-6 (.700) overall in such games.
  5. Ivan Nova's ERA in road starts is 5.18, compared to his 3.30 mark at home. Among qualifying pitchers, his home to road ERA increase of 1.88 ranks as the third largest in the National League.
  6. Jack Flaherty brought his season ERA below 3.00 for the first time since early July with a six-inning start, allowing one hit -- a solo home run to Joc Pederson. Flaherty has produced four consecutive quality starts (min. 6 IP/max. 3 ER), the longest such streak of his young career.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 8/28/2018 thru 8/30/2018

Wednesday night was that rare game for the St. Louis Cardinals where things didn't fall into place. Where they didn't come up with the key strikeout or clutch hit that they've produced with frequency the last six weeks.

And where they took another injury hit, in addition to an illness that chased MVP candidate Matt Carpenter off the field in the fourth inning.

The Cardinals' 2-0 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates also puts their streak of series victories on the line in Thursday night's final game of the three-game set at Busch Stadium. Nine consecutive series wins have brought St. Louis (74-59) from mediocrity to the National League's first wild-card spot.

But a wave of injuries has suddenly left the Cardinals scrambling just before they can expand their roster on Saturday. Before Wednesday night's game, they disabled infielder Jedd Gyorko (groin), making him the third player in the last week to hit the 10-day DL.

After Gyorko joined left fielder Marcell Ozuna (shoulder) and second baseman Kolten Wong (hamstring) on the shelf, Carpenter hurried off the field in the fourth inning. He tried to play through what manager Mike Shildt termed a 24-hour bug, only to vomit near first base.

"Looks like Carp will be just fine," Shildt said. "He was trying to power through it."

It was that type of night for St. Louis, which missed on a golden opportunity to punish Trevor Williams in the first inning when it got runners to second and third with no outs and couldn't even manage a run. Williams went on to fire six shutout innings for his 11th win of the year, extending a dominant stretch which has seen him allow just four runs in his last 48 innings over eight starts.

"We had an opportunity in the first to make a mark and didn't get on the board," Shildt said. "Guys kept taking tough at-bats, but we came up short."

The Cardinals will try to capture another series behind right-hander John Gant (5-5, 3.56 ERA), who has pitched the best baseball of his career over his last four starts. In that span Gant has ceded only five runs in his last 22 2/3 innings, and he tied a career high Saturday by lasting seven innings in Colorado while permitting only one run.

Gant's last poor start took place on Aug. 3 in Pittsburgh, when he was pounded for six runs on eight hits over four innings in a no-decision. Gant is 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA in five career games, three of them starts, against the Pirates. In two starts against Pittsburgh this season, Gant is 0-1 with an 8.68 ERA.

Pittsburgh (65-68) will try to play spoiler for the second straight game behind hard-throwing right-hander Joe Musgrove (5-7, 3.56), who is coming off a short start Friday night at Milwaukee. He gave up six hits and four runs in four innings of a 7-6, 15-inning loss, walking none and fanning four.

Musgrove fired seven shutout innings against St. Louis on May 25 in his first start of the season, allowing just five hits and whiffing seven with no walks in an 8-1 victory. That was his only career appearance against the Cardinals.

Updated August 30, 2018

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