OOTP: Chris Archer and the Pirates Open a Series Against the Cardinals

The following is part of our simulation of the 2020 Pittsburgh Pirates season, using Out of the Park Baseball (OOTP). We simulate the season each day, as it was originally scheduled, and with no input from any of us, all to give you a Pirates team to follow this year. You can follow the simulation by inning and make it seem like a game, or you can skip to the end and find out what happens.

The Pirates open a three game series with the Cardinals, with Chris Archer taking the mound.


1st Inning

Wong pops out in the middle of the infield. Archer walks Carpenter. He follows with a fly out and a ground out to end the inning.

Dyson strikes out to start the game. Frazier grounds out to second. Bell strikes out looking.

Pirates 0, Cardinals 0

2nd Inning

Archer walks DeJong to start the second. He followed with two strikeouts, followed by getting Yadier Molina to ground into a fielder’s choice.

Wainwright had a quick inning, getting three ground outs to the left side of the infield.

Pirates 0, Cardinals 0

3rd Inning

Wainwright rips a double down the first base line to start the third. Wong singles to left and Wainwright moves to third. Carpenter strikes out. Goldschmidt grounds out weakly to first, allowing Wainwright to score. Archer gets a strikeout to end the inning.

Hayes singles to right for the first hit of the game. Susac singles, with Hayes moving to second. Archer tries to bunt the runners over, but Hayes is thrown out at third. Wainwright gets two fly outs to end the inning.

Cardinals 1, Pirates 0

4th Inning

Archer struck out the side in the third inning, giving him seven strikeouts on the day.

Bell lines out to center. Polanco draws a walk. A wild pitch allows Polanco to move to second. Reynolds draws a walk on a full count. Newman singles to right, loading the bases. Hayes flies out to right. Polanco tags from third and scores. Reynolds takes third on the throw home. Susac grounds out to short.

Pirates 1, Cardinals 1

5th Inning

Molina leads off the fifth with a single. Archer strikes out Wainwright, with Molina stealing second during the at-bat. Wong pops out to short. Carpenter draws a walk. Goldschmidt hits a three run homer to left. Miller grounds out to third.

Kevin Kramer enters as a pinch hitter for Archer and strikes out. Dyson strikes out. Frazier flies out to center.

Cardinals 4, Pirates 1

6th Inning

Edgar Santana comes in to pitch for the Pirates. DeJong doubles down the third base line. Bader singles to center, and DeJong is held at third. O’Neill doubles to left, bringing in a run. Molina is intentionally walked to load the bases. Wainwright singles up the middle, scoring two. Brandon Waddell comes in to pitch, making his MLB debut. He gets a 6-4-3 double play against Wong, and gets Carpenter to ground out to second.

Wainwright retires the side in order.

Cardinals 7, Pirates 1

7th Inning

Waddell walks Goldschmidt. Miller strikes out. DeJong walks. Richard Rodriguez comes on in relief. Bader grounds into a 3-6 fielder’s choice, but beats the throw back to first. O’Neill strikes out to end the inning.

Newman flies out to right. Ryan Headley comes in to pitch for the Cardinals. Hayes grounds out and Susac flies out.

Cardinals 7, Pirates 1

8th Inning

Molina grounds out to third. Rangel Ravelo enters as a pinch hitter. He grounds out to third. Wong strikes out.

Tony Barnette comes in to pitch for the Cardinals. Colin Moran enters as a pinch hitter and grounds out to second. Dyson pops out in foul territory. Frazier flies out to center.

Cardinals 7, Pirates 1

9th Inning

Blake Weiman enters for the Pirates. He walks Carpenter. Goldschmidt walks. Brad Miller strikes out. Keone Kela enters the game. DeJong walks. Bader grounds into a fielder’s choice and a run scores. O’Neill strikes out.

Bell singles to right. Polanco strikes out. Reynolds grounds into a 4-6-3 double play.






Probable Starters

Tuesday, 7:05 PM EST: Miles Mikolas (0-0, 4.58) vs Trevor Williams (1-3, 4.19)

Wednesday, 12:35 PM EST: Jack Flaherty (3-3, 4.15) vs Joe Musgrove (1-4, 3.33)

Thursday: OFF

Friday, 7:10 PM EST: Mitch Keller (3-3, 4.60) vs Steven Matz (2-2, 4.10)

Saturday, 7:10 PM EST: Chris Stratton (3-2, 3.00) vs Jacob deGrom (2-3, 2.63)