Beyond the headline, there isn't much to say about this one. Andrew Cashner faced the minimum number of batters and only allowed one baserunner -- Jose Tabata singled to lead off the seventh. Cashner struck out seven, walked none, and only threw 97 pitches. I only caught about three innings, but it seemed like he was really just pitching extremely well, and there wasn't much the Pirates could have done about it. There were a couple hard-hit foul balls and a few line drives that didn't find grass, and when that happens and the pitcher isn't allowing many opportunities, the team just isn't going to score. The end.
"Not only was the stuff sharp, but he was very efficient, throwing strikes all night long," Clint Hurdle said.
"He faced 27 guys, I think," said A.J. Burnett. "That's pretty good."
Burnett also had a strong outing, striking out eight and even appearing to try a little bit at the plate, but he gave up two ground ball hits to start the seventh, and those batters came home on a sacrifice fly by Will Venable and a single by Jedd Gyorko.
The good news is that the Cardinals lost to the Rockies. The Reds, however, did beat the Astros.
David Manel contributed to this post.