The Pittsburgh Pirates clinched a sweep of the division rival St. Louis Cardinals. Bae Ji-Hwan got the win.
Pittsburgh won 4-3 at home against St. Louis on Thursday (April 4) at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. With the win, the Pirates clinched the best-of-seven series and improved to 30-27. St. Louis is 25-34.
Bae, who was scratched from the start against left-hander Jordan Montgomery, came in to pinch-hit for Mark Matthias, who reached on a fielding error in the sixth inning.
He led off with a single and was able to reach base. Then, with runners on first and second, Connor Cho hit a line drive over the left field fence 안전놀이터 to bring in both runners. From 1-1 to 3-1, it was the big hit of the game. Bae scored the game-winning run. Pittsburgh increased its lead to 4-1 after Cho doubled and Carlos Santana singled.
Bae, who remained in center field, laid down a sacrifice bunt with the bases loaded in the seventh inning to put the tying run in scoring position. Unfortunately, the eighth inning opportunity was not capitalized on.
Earlier in the day, Pittsburgh gave up a solo home run to Wilson Contreras in the second inning, but evened the score in the fifth inning when Keebrian Hayes hit a solo home run. In the sixth inning, the offense took over, scoring three more runs on a throwing error by third baseman Nolan Arenado.
St. Louis’ resistance was formidable. In the eighth inning, Nolan Gorman hit a two-run home run over the right field fence off Colin Holderman to cut the deficit to 4-3, but the Cardinals would get no closer.
The game was halted for about an hour due to rain that fell during a St. Louis rally in the top of the third inning.
The pitching staffs of both teams were different. St. Louis kept Jordan Montgomery on the mound. Montgomery went 5 2/3 innings, allowing four runs (one earned) on four hits, one homer, one walk and five strikeouts.
Pittsburgh pulled starter Luis Ortiz to make it a bullpen game. Call-up Angel Perdomo came up big, throwing 2 1/3 perfect innings. Dauri Moretta, who came on in relief with runners on first and second in the sixth, got five outs to keep the game close. Yohan Ramirez relieved Holden with runners on first and second in the eighth and retired two straight batters to put out the fire. David Bednar earned his second straight save.