The Cardinals leveled the series 1-1 after winning 8-7 in 10 innings on Tuesday, their 13th head-to-head victory in 18 games this season. Chris Stratton threw two scoreless innings out of the bullpen to get the win. Corey Dickerson was 2 for 2 with a double, one run, and two RBIs in the win. Bryan Reynolds went 2 for 4 with a double and one run for the Pirates.
ON THE MOUND
For Pittsburgh, righty Johan Oviedo (4-3, 3.12 ERA) gets the ball. His only prior start against the Cardinals this season was his last time out, when Oviedo gave up two runs over six innings in a 2-1 road defeat on Friday. He gave up six hits and walked two, while striking out four in the loss.
AT THE PLATE
Over the last five games, St. Louis has averaged 6.0 runs a game, up from their season average of 4.8, due in part to better on-base performance (.327 vs .326). Against right-handed pitchers like Oviedo this season, the Cards have a .728 OPS. Brendan Donovan has been the team’s biggest on-base threat against right-handers with a .389 OBP in 449 at-bats. Pittsburgh is averaging 4.2 runs per game in the last five, up slightly from 3.6 for the season.
HOME AND AWAY
St. Louis is 40-40 in road games in 2022, scoring 4.7 runs per game while allowing 4.4 runs. Pittsburgh has gone 33-47 at PNC Park this season, averaging 3.9 runs per game while surrendering 5.1. In the last 10 games at PNC Park between the NL Central rivals, St. Louis is 7-3 with an average scoreline of 6.7-4.1.
The Cardinals lead the NL Central by seven games over the Brewers. The Pirates are fifth in the NL Central, 32 games behind the Cardinals.
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