Jack Flaherty was dominant this afternoon, tossing eight shutout innings in a 2-0 win for the St. Louis Cardinals.
He struck out 10 batters while walking one. Carlos Martinez then came in for the easy 1-2-3 save. The Pirates’ bats were silenced as they could only muster five hits on the day. This was one of those old-fashioned less than three hour games that the MLB loves to fantasize about.
James Marvel was decently solid in his major league debut going five plus innings while allowing two runs. He gave up five hits while striking out and walking two each.
In terms of “stuff”, Marvel featured a low-90s fastball/sinker combined with a curveball and changeup. He also did a nice job disrupting Cardinal hitters’ timing with a choppy “fist pumping” like delivery. Marvel’s first time through the order was easy enough as he didn’t allow a hit. The Cardinals did their damage during the second and third time through. Such is pitching.
As far as debuts go, this one was totally fine.
The Pirates’ used car parts of a bullpen looked nice today going four shutout innings. The combination of Yacksel Rios, Wei-Chung Wang, Kyle Crick, and Yefry Ramirez allowed just one hit on the day.
All in all, the story of the day was Flaherty. He was dominant and has been on a 2015 Jake Arrieta like tear since the beginning of August. The Pirates were simply no match.
The Pirates travel west to take on the San Francisco Giants for four. Trevor Williams gets the start tomorrow matching up with Madison Bumgarner. First pitch is at 9:45 eastern.