“I used to be actually solely enthusiastic about hitting a tough ball,” mentioned Tsutsugo, who has homered 5 instances on 9 hits since signing with the Pirates on Aug. 16. “It’s actually comfy for me. The supervisor, the employees, my teammates. We joke round rather a lot and make it a very nice setting for me. It was very easy for me to transition on this staff.”
Reyes (5-7) has allowed not less than one run in 4 of his final six appearances.
“Our bullpen was excellent, actually stored us within the sport,” supervisor Derek Shelton mentioned. “Our guys do not quit. To win that sport at the moment and are available again in opposition to a staff like that, that is massive steps for us. These are vital.”
Pittsburgh earned a cut up of the four-game sequence, bouncing again from a 13-0 loss Saturday.
St. Louis stays 3 1/2 video games again of Cincinnati for the second NL wild card. The Reds misplaced 2-1 to the Miami Marlins on Sunday.
“It hurts like loopy,” Cardinals supervisor Mike Shildt mentioned. “It hurts everyone that is invested in our staff. It hurts our staff. It is robust. We’re combating our tails off. We do not have numerous margin for error might be an enormous a part of this. We do all these little issues proper, however we do not create numerous margin for error.”
The sport was tied at 1 earlier than Tommy Edman hit a two-run homer for St. Louis within the fifth, sending a 418-foot drive into the seats in right-center. Edman’s ninth homer of the season gave him 9 RBI in his previous 4 video games.
Edman additionally doubled and scored on Tyler O’Neill‘s first main league triple within the third.
The Pirates opened the fourth with three consecutive singles, and Tsutsugo obtained his staff on the board with a sacrifice fly.
Pittsburgh right-hander Wil Crowe, who allowed 5 hits in 5 innings, had left for the clubhouse by the point Tsutsugo homered.
“I feel Chad (Kuhl) mentioned, ‘How a few Yoshi bomb right here?’” Crowe mentioned. “We have been all like, ‘Yeah, we might love that, wouldn’t we? That’d be superior.’ Positive sufficient, he hit it and we began listening to the printed yelling. I ran over. Wow, that was superior. Yoshi’s superior.”
Kwang Hyun Kim pitched 4 innings of one-run ball for St. Louis in his return to the rotation. Kim, who made his final look out of the bullpen, obtained the beginning after Jack Flaherty was positioned on the 10-day injured checklist with a proper shoulder pressure.
“Earlier than the sport, my mindset was being aggressive, attacking the zone,” Kim mentioned. “That was earlier than I used to be on the mound. However after I used to be on the mound, I gave up a stroll and it simply did not occur the way in which I needed to. I needed to pitch 5 innings. … I do know I’ve to be higher subsequent time as an inning-eater.”
PAIR OF GEMS
With two out within the third, a line drive by Pittsburgh’s Kevin Newman seemed to be headed for the hole in left-center. However heart fielder Harrison Bader made a diving seize on the finish of a full dash, robbing Newman of Pittsburgh’s first hit.
Pirates: 3B Ke’Bryan Hayes left after the sixth inning with a proper hand contusion. He’s thought of everyday after preliminary X-rays got here again detrimental, Shelton mentioned. … OF Michael Chavis didn’t play after leaving Saturday’s sport with proper elbow discomfort.
Cardinals: LHP Jon Lester (4-6, 5.27 ERA) will take the mound Monday for the primary of a three-game sequence at Cincinnati. After permitting 11 runs in his first two begins for St. Louis, the 37-year-old has surrendered six runs in three begins since.
Pirates: A beginning pitcher has not been introduced for Tuesday, when Pittsburgh begins a two-game set on the Chicago White Sox.
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