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10:15 AM PT11:15 AM MT12:15 PM CT1:15 PM ET13:15 ET17:15 GMT1:15 10:15 AM MST12:15 PM EST12:45 PM VEN21:15 UAE12:15 PM CT, July 17, 2019
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Pirates try to sneak closer to Cardinals

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Pittsburgh Pirates at St. Louis Cardinals

  1. The Pirates won the final three of a four-game series at St. Louis from May 9-12 after losing the opener 17-4. It was the Cardinals' most runs against Pittsburgh since a 19-4 victory on May 20, 2000.
  2. Paul Goldschmidt went 9-for-17 with a home run, four RBI and four runs in the May series against the Pirates. He has .323/.408/.556 slash line against NL Centrals teams this season while slashing .211/.298/.353 against all other opponents.
  3. The Cardinals have totaled just eight extra-base hits and eight walks in their last five games, only the third time in the last 15 years they've had eight or fewer extra-base hits and walks in a five-game span. Since June 25, their .298 OBP is the lowest in the NL while their 35 extra-base hits are tied with the White Sox for the fewest in MLB.
  4. The Pirates lead the majors with 112 hits in 10 games this month and have an MLB-high 561 singles this year. They haven't finished a season leading the majors in singles since 1972, when they had 1,097.
  5. Josh Bell hit his 31st double Saturday in his 90th game, and leads MLB with 61 extra-base hits. He is the first player with 61 extra-base hits through 90 games played since the Cubs' Derrek Lee had 62 in 2005.
  6. Chris Archer, Wednesday's scheduled starter, is averaging a career-high 17.5 pitches per inning, fifth highest in the NL among those with at least 80 innings. Ten of Archer's 16 starts this season have been five innings or less after having 11 such starts in 27 outings last year.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 7/15/2019 thru 7/17/2019

With a win on Tuesday night, the Pittsburgh Pirates climbed out of last place in the National League Central. They beat the third-place St. Louis Cardinals, who sit three games out of first place and just 3 1/2 games above last place.

Such is life in baseball's most competitive division.

The visiting Pirates will look to continue their climb in the NL Central and deepen the Cardinals' descent Wednesday afternoon when the division rivals meet in the finale of a three-game series.

Pittsburgh's Chris Archer (3-6, 5.42 ERA) is scheduled to face St. Louis' Daniel Ponce de Leon (1-0, 1.99) in a battle of right-handers.

The Pirates snapped a four-game losing streak Tuesday night, when Colin Moran beat out an RBI infield single to snap a tie in the ninth inning of a 3-1 victory.

"It's a game of execution, and the last three innings, more or less, we didn't execute as well as they did," Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said. "That was the difference in the game."

By the end of September, the NL Central might come down to such minute details.

The Pirates' win Tuesday and the other results involving NL Central teams further tightened the division race. The first-place Chicago Cubs dropped the Cincinnati Reds behind the Pirates with a 4-3, 10-inning win.

The Cubs remained 2 1/2 games ahead of the Milwaukee Brewers, who leapfrogged the Cardinals with a 13-1 victory over the Atlanta Braves. The Cardinals are three games back, and the Pirates are 5 1/2 games back.

If the Pirates are going to make up the gap, they'll need Archer to perform as he did last Friday, when he didn't factor into the decision after allowing three runs and striking out a season-high 10 over six-plus innings as Pittsburgh fell to the Cubs, 4-3.

Archer carried a one-hit shutout into the seventh before surrendering a homer to Kris Bryant, a single to Anthony Rizzo and a walk to Victor Caratini. Still, the Pirates were encouraged by the start, the longest for Archer since June 11 and the first one in which he reached double digits in strikeouts since he whiffed 13 batters in his penultimate start with the Tampa Bay Rays last July 22.

"You'd love to see a guy get the win every time he goes out there and gives you that kind of effort and that performance," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said following the game. "That's as well as we've seen him pitch in a Pirates uniform."

Ponce de Leon didn't factor into the decision in his most recent start last Friday, when he gave up one run and three hits over a season-high 6 2/3 innings as the Cardinals fell to the Arizona Diamondbacks, 4-2. He struck out seven without issuing a walk.

Archer is 0-0 with a 2.20 ERA in three career starts against the Cardinals. Ponce de Leon lost his lone start against the Pirates last Sept. 12, when he allowed two runs over five innings as St. Louis fell, 4-3.

--Field Level Media

Updated July 17, 2019

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