CARDINALS MAGIC NUMBER IS TWO
The Pittsburgh Pirates entered Monday night’s game with the St. Louis Cardinals having the most errors in the National League with 117.
They are now tied with Oakland Athletics for the most in the Majors with 118.
The 118th error of the season was a costly one.
With one out in the ninth inning of a 0-0 game, John Jay hit a weak single to center off Mark Melancon that should have put runners at first and third but it didn’t play out like that.
Gregory Polanco coming in to make the routine play had his eye on the base runner Matt Carpenter who was rounding second, and Polanco over-ran the ball then Andrew McCutchen bobbled the ball after it got past Polanco as it looked like a scene from a t-ball game.
Carpenter would go from first to home to score the first run of the game. Moments later Mark Reynolds who is 5-10 all-time vs Mark Melancon delivered a huge 2-run homer off Melancon.
The Pirates stranded 16 runners, were 0-12 with runners in scoring position and walked 10 times without scoring. They left the bases loaded in four different innings, second, third, sixth and seventh innings. St. Louis came up with clutch plays and the Pirates shot themselves in the foot multiple times.
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