Tonight was Steven Brault’s night.
The 28-year-old southpaw was masterful in tossing a two-hit complete game. He allowed just one run in the third inning off of a Tommy Edman single. Brault struck out eight batters and walked just two. Tonight was his first career complete game.
The Pirates’ offense was better tonight than it has been on most nights this year. Gregory Polanco went 2-4 with a home run and double. He also had three RBI. On the season, he is now hitting .146/.199/.331. Kevin Newman also went 2-4 with a run scored. Ke’Bryan Hayes and Jacob Stallings each smacked a double. Most of the offense came in the fourth inning when the Pirates scored four runs.
Tonight was a solid night for the Pirates. They looked like a competent major league ball club. They are now 4-2 against the Cardinals this year. That is enjoyable.
Tomorrow, these two teams will meet in a doubleheader. Trevor Williams will oppose Carlos Martinez in game one at 4:05. Chad Kuhl will start in game two against a TBD starter right after.