2017 ScheduleAll times ET

2017 Schedule
35-41, 3rd in NL Cent
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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.

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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Tommy Pham on Cardinals season so far

Cardinals OF Tommy Pham talks with Chris Singleton about the Cardinals season so far, the advice he got from Willie McGee and if pitchers approach spots in the lineup the same

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Pirates pitching coach on building relationships with players (1:55)
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McCutchen's Resurgence

ESPN Stats & Information's Mark Simon takes a look at Andrew McCutchen's resurgence after a terrible start to the 2017 season.

ESPN Stats & Info

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.

ESPN Stats & Info

Cutch catching fire

Pirates CF Andrew McCutchen has enjoyed a productive June at the plate, helping him rebound from a sluggish start to the season.

ESPN Stats and Information  

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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Mendoza enjoying the return of McCutchen's bat (0:56)
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Gerrit Cole avoids June swoon

The start of this month couldn't have gone any worse for Cole, but he turned things around quickly with three straight quality outings, including Saturday's win.

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Mercer drives homer down the left-field line (0:26)
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Felipe Rivero and great seasons you are probably overlooking

Rivero, acquired from the Nationals last year, has allowed three earned runs in 40 innings with 43 strikeouts, nine walks and a .137 average allowed. If only the Nats had a reliever like him this season...

Team Stats

  • Pitching
  • Batting
Earned Run Average4.3517th
Quality Starts35Tied-10th
WHIP1.3618th
BAA.26825th
Runs324Tied-24th
Batting Average.24523rd
On Base Percentage.32219th
Slugging Percentage.39127th

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