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2017 Schedule
34-40, 3rd in NL Cent
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Sunday's longest home runs

A pair of Astros sluggers hit two of the five longest home runs on Sunday, but Cardinals LF Randal Grichuk led the way. Meanwhile, Travis Shaw's 429-foot homer is his 15th of the season, just one short of his career high in 145 games last season.

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Cardinals top Pirates on Sunday Night Baseball (1:02)
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Cardinals' fan catches foul ball with her purse (0:24)
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Grichuk talks return, monster HR (1:24)

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

The Cardinals take the final game of the series against the Pirates, but they're still just 13-25 over their past 28 games. One thing they need is more bullpen efforts like Sunday night's, as four relievers combined for one hit over three scoreless innings. The Cards have seven losses when leading entering the seventh inning -- and now they're 4-7 when tied thanks to a four-run seventh.

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Grichuk crushes 478-foot moonshot (0:25)
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Molina pokes go-ahead single into right field (0:40)

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

We know starters aren't necessarily expected to go deep into games, but Chad Kuhl's record this season is a little ridiculous. This is now 12 starts in a row he hasn't gone more than five innings. Can you keep a guy like that in rotation? This is somewhat by design as the Pirates haven't let him throw 100 pitches in a game all season, but it sure taxes the bullpen.

William Weinbaum ESPN 

If not for Chad Kuhl's quick reflexes Sunday night, he might have become the Pirates' second pitcher to get hit in the head by a line drive in less than a year. The right-hander snared a hard shot off the bat of the Cardinals' Paul DeJong to end the fourth inning. A liner hit by the Brewers' Hernan Perez struck Jameson Taillon in the back of the head last July 19, but he was OK and able to stay in the game.

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Frazier rips two-run triple (0:35)

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

The Pirates counter with three runs off Mike Leake in the third to take a 3-2 lead. Leake allowed more than two runs just once in his first nine starts, but entered this game with a 5.28 ERA his previous five starts. The difference? His BABIP increased from .239 (probably a little lucky) to .322 (the balls in play were finding holes).

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Garcia's single plates two Cardinals (0:33)

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Chad Kuhl is throwing 98 mph for the Pirates, but the Cardinals are sitting on the fastball and Greg Garcia -- who was 2-for-29 in June -- just lined a two-run single with the bases loaded to give the Cardinals the early lead in the second inning.

Guillermo Celis ESPN 

Aledmys Díaz celebra su excelente jugada a la defensiva. #PinceladaDefensiva con sabor cubano del SS de St. Louis.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

One of the things to look for in tonight's Pirates-Cardinals game is former MVP Andrew McCutchen, who has looked revitalized since moving to the sixth spot in the lineup on May 26. It probably doesn't have anything to do with where's he's hitting, but since moving down he's hitting .385 with a 1.187 OPS and eight home runs in 27 games.

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Carpenter heating up

Cardinals 1B Matt Carpenter has enjoyed a productive past few weeks at the plate, helping him rebound from a sluggish start to the season. The statistical surge has coincided with St. Louis moving him to the leadoff spot in the batting order.

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Bucs, Cards have similar issue

The Pirates and Cardinals will each hope for more production than they have been receiving from their No. 3 hitters when they face off tonight at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN/Watch ESPN.

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Tonight on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell, the Cardinals' Mike Leake faces the Pirates. Leake has struggled of late after getting off to a hot start this year.

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Mercer drives homer down the left-field line (0:26)

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The Cardinals hit two consecutive Pirates batters with the bases loaded Saturday, first team since the Twins in 2015 to hit back-to-back batters with the bases loaded. Entering today, the Cardinals had not hit a batter with the bases loaded all season.

Team Stats

  • Pitching
  • Batting
Earned Run Average4.108th
Quality Starts40Tied-4th
WHIP1.2910th
BAA.2497th
Runs32226th
Batting Average.25218th
On Base Percentage.32517th
Slugging Percentage.41917th

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