Big Blast Off Brebbia

(Busch Stadium) After battling back from a three-run deficit, the St. Louis Cardinals saw the Pittsburgh Pirates put together their own rally for a 10-6 victory this afternoon. The Pirates scored five runs in the seventh inning–the big blow coming in the form of a 3-run homer off the bat of Josh Bell.

“Yeah, I’d like a few pitches back,” said John Brebbia, who gave up the Bell home run. “I’d like to trade some balls for strikes, I’d like to trade some hits for outs, I’d like to have Inspector Gadget arms so that I could reach up and stop everything. So yeah, there’s a lot of things. When you make bad pitches to guys who are taking good swings, it’s not going to be good for the pitcher and that’s what happened.”

It was the first loss of the season for Brebbia, who was previously unscored on in 16 of his 18 prior appearances.

The Cardinals had used their own long balls to jump ahead in the game. Paul Goldschmidt (10) and Jose Martinez (10) each hit two-run shots and starting pitcher Dakota Hudson settled in after allowing three runs to start the game.

“I had that first inning happen, I got in the dugout and was like, you know what, most of those pitches that they hit were kind of over the plate,” Hudson said. “So I put my arm up and said let me play catch with Yadi and see how many innings I can eat up. That kind of turned into keep trying to keep us around to try and win the ballgame.”

Hudson struck out a pair of batters, but induced ten groundouts from Pirate hitters.

“I feel like I’ve kind of been a little bit behind my ball a little bit more than I have in the past,” he said. “I felt like today was getting back on top of the baseball and getting it to truly sink rather than just run like a two-seam.”

Hudson also recorded his first Major League hit as the Cardinals batted around the lineup in the first inning. The seven runs scored between the two teams played a large role in the inning lasting more than forty minutes, so too did a slower, deliberate pace from Hudson when runners reached base.

“I felt fine out there,” said Hudson, who was trying to help prevent Pittsburgh from running. “It’s not really affecting me as much as it may be the hitter. I’m the one that holds the baseball. I’m the one that controls when I deliver the ball–I know when the ball’s going to go. They don’t always know that so I feel like that whenever I vary those holds and deliveries it will kind of mess with them too. It’s more about pitch location then me holding the ball.”

The fourteen hits allowed matched a season-high by the Cardinals, who will now travel to Atlanta to begin a series against the Braves on Tuesday.

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