OOTP: Pirates Try to Continue Winning Streak 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 will look to continue their recent winning ways tonight as they host the Cardinals in game one of a four game series.


1st Inning

Stratton retired the side in order with a fly out and two groundouts.

Dyson grounded out back to the mound. Reynolds struck out. Polanco grounded out back to the mound.

Pirates 0, Cardinals 0

2nd Inning

Stratton struck out the first two batters, and got Carptenter to pop out to short for a quick inning.

Bell led off with a walk. Frazier flew out to center. Newman hit into a 1-6 fielder’s choice. Hayes flew out to center.

Pirates 0, Cardinals 0

3rd Inning

Pillar led off with a four-pitch walk. Mikolas grounded out to first, moving Pillar to second. Molina struck out. Wong singled on a line drive to left, scoring Pillar. Bader struck out.

Phegley was hit by a pitch. Stratton popped out on a bunt attempt. Dyson struck out. Reynolds grounded out to first.

Cardinals 1, Pirates 0

4th Inning

Goldschmidt struck out. Miller walked. DeJong struck out. Carpenter flew out to left.

Polanco flew out to center. Bell flew out to center. Frazier flew out to center.

Cardinals 1, Pirates 0

5th Inning

Pillar flew out to second. Mikolas singled on a line drive to right. Molina flew out to right. Wong singled on a line drive to left. Bader grounded out to second.

Newman grounded out to first. Hayes singled to left, breaking up the no-hitter. He advanced to second on a fielding error. Phegley flew out to center. Stratton walked. Dyson grounded into a 6-4 fielder’s choice.

Cardinals 1, Pirates 0

6th Inning

Goldschmidt led off with a walk on 11 pitches. Stratton struck out the next two batters on ten combined pitches. Kyle Crick entered the game in relief. Carpenter singled, with Goldschmidt moving to third. Pillar flew out to center.

Reynolds was out on a bunt attempt. Polanco flew out to center. Bell struck out.

Cardinals 1, Pirates 0

7th Inning

Mikolas grounded out to third. Molina struck out. Wong struck out.

Frazier flew out to right. Newman flew out to center. Hayes struck out.

Cardinals 1, Pirates 0

8th Inning

Crick struck out the side in the eighth inning.

Phegley flew out to right. Christian Walker entered as a pinch hitter and flew out to right. Dyson grounded out to second.

Cardinals 1, Pirates 0

9th Inning

Michael Feliz entered for the Pirates in the ninth. DeJong struck out. Carpenter grounded out to second. Pillar grounded out to third.

Mikolas enters the ninth inning at 99 pitches. Reynolds grounds out to second. Polanco lines a double to the wall in right-center. Giovanny Gallegos comes on in relief. Josh Bell draws a walk. Frazier singles on a line drive to center, but Polanco is held up at third. Newman rips a single to right field, scoring Polanco. Bell rounds third as the throw comes in, and beats it for the winning run.






Probable Starters

Friday, 7:05 PM EST: Jack Flaherty (3-4, 3.14) vs Joe Musgrove (1-6, 3.44)

Saturday, 4:05 PM EST: Carlos Martinez (4-3, 4.01) vs Mitch Keller (3-5, 4.72)

Sunday, 1:35 PM EST: Kwang-hyun Kim (3-4, 2.91) vs Chris Archer (7-3, 2.85)

Monday: OFF

Tuesday, 9:45 PM EST: Trevor Williams (4-3, 3.82) vs Kevin Gausman (5-5, 3.73)