Pirates-Cardinals game postponed because of storms
April 17, 2013 5:45 AM
Pirates starter Jonathan Sanchez delivers against the Cardinals before the game was postponed.
Pirates bullpen coach Euclides Rojas makes his way to the locker room after the Pirates postponed tonight's game against the Cardinals.
Tuesday's game between the Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals at PNC Park has been rained out. No makeup date has been announced.
The rain delay started at 7:50 p.m. when a strong thunderstorm hit PNC Park. Steady rain continued for the next hour and a half.
Fans with tickets to tonight's game can exchange them for any home regular-season game except for Saturday games.
The Pirates led, 4-2, after two innings. The rainout gives the Pirates' bullpen a chance to rest after a stretch of heavy usage.
Entering the game, the eight Pirates position players were 46 for 123, or .374, lifetime against Cardinals starter Jake Westbrook. Westbrook was 1-7 in 13 games, nine starts, against the Pirates. The Pirates' play in the first inning fit that stat line.
The Pirates hit five consecutive singles in the first inning. Garrett Jones and Neil Walker singled to score runs and Pedro Alvarez, who entered the game hitting .073 and on an 0 for 8 streak, drove home another.
Russell Martin then grounded to Westbrook, who threw to second base to start a double play, but neither shortstop Pete Kozma or second baseman Matt Carpenter reached the bag in time and the throw bounced into center field. Another run scored, giving the Pirates a 4-2 lead.
Sanchez, trying to rebound from a poor outing against the Arizona Diamondbacks in his previous start, spotted the Cardinals two early runs. He walked the leadoff man on four pitches and allowed consecutive singles, with Matt Holliday's hit scoring a run. Yadier Molina's groundout drove in another run.