RHP A.J. Schugel shut down St. Louis in order in the eighth and ninth innings, striking out two. It was his second appearance since he was called up from Triple-A Indianapolis July 7 for the second time this season. Sunday, he won his season debut pitching in relief against the Cubs. He did not appear in a game in a callup earlier this season.
RHP Jameson Taillon (5-3) gave up four runs and eight hits in five innings, with five strikeouts and no walks. He was pitching for the first time since July 4, thanks to the All-Star break and being a late scratch from his scheduled start Sunday against the Cubs in Chicago because of food poisoning. Manager Clint Hurdle thought the long layoff affected Taillon. “It’s a challenge. Eleven days off. I don’t think he’s ever experienced anything like that.” Hurdle said. “There’s a lot of good to hunt out of it. I just think there was just a little too much rust to knock off.” Taillon had not surrendered a run in his previous two starts, and St. Louis’ first run, in the fourth, ended a career-high streak of 18 2/3 scoreless innings. “As a starting pitcher, you always want to go deep into games,” said Taillon. “Going five just sounds gross. Anytime a starting pitcher goes five, it leaves a really sour taste in your mouth.” Taillon did not agree with Hurdle that the layoff was to blame. “I felt pretty fresh,” he said. “I don’t think being wild was a problem, which is usually what I do when I‘m rusty.”
RF Gregory Polanco was 1-for-4 with a double and has a hit in all 10 of his starts this month (16-for-39). In the outfield, he made a sharp play. In the fourth, after St. Louis had taken a 1-0 lead on Jedd Gyorko’s RBI single, Polanco doubled Gyorko off first on Yadier Molina’s line drive to end the inning.
C Francisco Cervelli was 2-for-4 with a double, the only Pittsburgh player with multiple hits. That came after he was 0-for-4 in the series opener Friday.