Making his fourth and likely final start of the season for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Luis Ortiz failed to make it out of the first inning.
Ortiz’s control wasn’t sharp from the beginning, walking two of the first batters he faced for the St. Louis Cardinals. He gave up three hits and three walks in the inning, which was capped off by a former Bucco Corey Dickerson grand slam. Ortiz would only finish two thirds of an inning with six earned runs.
Zach Thompson took over from there and did most of the leg work. Thompson ended up pitching 5.1 innings with four earned runs against that all came in the second inning.
The game was out of hand by the second, with the Pirates managing only two runs in the top of the inning on a Jason Delay two run single.
Junior Fernandez made his Pirates debut in the seventh. He would get out of the inning without allowing a run, but it involved 29 pitches and three walks.
The Pirates scored their third run of the game in the eighth after Cal Mitchell lead off the inning with a double and was brought home by Ji-Hwan Bae on an error.
Manny Banuelos pitched the eighth inning and gave up three runs, two earned, putting the score at 13-3 Cardinals.
It was a rough evening all around with the positives being a 2-for-3 night for Mitchell — both hits were doubles — and the Pirates offense only striking out six times.
Pirates @ Cardinals
Time: 2:15 PM EST
Pirates Starter: Roansy Contreras (5-5, 3.72)
Cardinals Starter: Adam Wainwright (11-11, 3.51)
— Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) October 2, 2022
1. Brendan Donovan (L) 3B
2. Alec Burleson (L) RF
3. Albert Pujols (R) 1B
4. Nolan Arenado (R) DH
5. Yadier Molina (R) C
6. Corey Dickerson (L) LF
7. Dylan Carlson (S) CF
8. Paul DeJong (R) SS
9. Tommy Edman (S) 2B
UPDATE: Heineman is back. Collins is done.
Raised in Cranberry Twp, PA, Jeff attended Kent State University and worked in Cleveland and Pittsburgh, before moving to New Orleans in September of 2012. His background is as an Engineering Designer, but he has always had a near unhealthy passion for Pittsburgh sports. Hockey and Baseball are his 1A and 1B, combined with his mathematical background, it's led to Jeff's desire in diving into analytics. Jeff is known as Bucs'N'Pucks in the comments, and began writing for Pirates Prospects in 2022 after contributing so many useful bits of information in the comment section.