Musgrove uses arm, bat to beat Cards 8-1 in Pirates debut

PITTSBURGH (AP) Joe Musgrove's first game with the Pittsburgh Pirates couldn't have gone much better.

On the mound. Or, at the plate.

Musgrove came off the disabled list to pitch seven scoreless innings while also getting his first career hit and scoring the winning run as Pittsburgh beat the St. Louis Cardinals 8-1 on Friday night.

''It was a really exciting night for me,'' Musgrove said. ''Everything went well.''

The right-hander singled to lead off the sixth inning, when the Pirates scored three times off John Gant to break a scoreless tie. Musgrove came home on Josh Harrison's double to center before Josh Bell hit a sacrifice fly and Corey Dickerson capped the inning with an RBI triple off Brett Cecil.

Musgrove (1-0) allowed five hits and struck out seven. He did not walk a batter while throwing just 67 pitches. Musgrove was activated before the game after being sidelined all season with a strained right shoulder. He was one of four players acquired from the Houston Astros in a January trade for right-hander Gerrit Cole.

''He relentlessly pounded the strike zone,'' Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle said. ''If he didn't get a strike on the first pitch, he got (one) on the second pitch.''

Musgrove had never faced the Cardinals and St. Louis manager Mike Matheny came away impressed.

''It didn't look like he was missing a lot,'' Matheny said. ''Ball was jumping, had movement on it and put it where he wanted to.''

Gant (1-2) allowed just two singles through the first five innings before Musgrove led off the sixth with his single. Gant ended up being charged with three runs in 5 1/3 innings while giving up four hits with seven strikeouts and no walks.

''The sixth, a couple things go on, but up until that point, what was there not to like?'' Matheny said.

Francisco Cervelli broke the game open with a three-run double in the seventh inning that pushed Pittsburgh's lead to 6-0. The Pirates won for just the second time in seven games, but improved to 12-5 inside the NL Central and 4-0 against St. Louis.

Tommy Pham accounted for the Cardinals' run with an eighth-inning homer, his ninth, off Michael Feliz that snapped an 0-for-16 skid. St. Louis lost its third straight game.

Austin Meadows and Jordy Mercer hit back-to-back triples for the Pirates in the bottom of the eighth and Harrison singled in a run. Meadows is 13 for 29 (.448) with three home runs, five runs scored and five RBs in his first six career games.

''It's been a lot of fun, playing with a great group of guys and having some things go my way so far,'' Meadows said. ''I really couldn't ask for anything more.''

Harrison, Bell, Dickerson, Meadows and Mercer each had two of Pittsburgh's 12 hits.

St. Louis' Marcell Ozuna and Jedd Gyorko had two hits apiece. Ozuna returned to the lineup after being scratched from Wednesday's loss to Kansas City when he overslept and arrived late to the ballpark.

KONTOS GETS DFA'D

Pirates right-handed reliever George Kontos was designated for assignment to clear a roster spot for Musgrove. Kontos was removed from his role as the primary setup man for closer Felipe Vazquez last week. In 21 games, he was 2-3 with one save and a 5.03 ERA.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cardinals: LHP Tyler Lyons (mid-back strain) is expected to be activated from the DL on Saturday. ... RHP Alex Reyes (Tommy John surgery) is scheduled to be activated next week after pitching seven scoreless innings and striking out 13 for Triple-A Memphis on Thursday in a rehab start.

Pirates: CF Starling Marte (strained right oblique) went through a full workout before the game and could be activated Saturday. ... Cervelli (bruised right hand) returned after missing Thursday's loss at Cincinnati.

UP NEXT

Cardinals: Rookie RHP Jack Flaherty (1-1, 2.31 ERA) earned his first major league win Sunday when he had 13 strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings against visiting Philadelphia.

Pirates: RHP Trevor Williams (5-2, 3.05) has allowed two earned runs or fewer in 13 of his last 15 home starts, dating to June 27.

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  • W: J. Musgrove (1-0)L: J. Gant (1-2)
  • HR: STL - T. Pham (9)
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F. Pena C30000003.259.298.352.6500.0
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  • a-grounded out for Martinez in the 9th
  • b-grounded out for Ozuna in the 9th
  • c-struck out for Brebbia in the 8th
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J. Harrison 2B51220022.309.356.420.7755.0
G. Polanco RF41000122.213.325.432.7571.0
F. Cervelli C31130010.283.401.535.9376.5
J. Bell 1B30210010.260.335.398.7332.5
C. Dickerson LF40210003.319.357.505.8635.0
C. Moran 3B40000013.259.353.415.767-0.5
A. Meadows CF42200012.448.448.8971.3457.5
J. Mercer SS42210011.253.319.395.7146.5
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  • a-flied out for Musgrove in the 7th
  • b-grounded out for Feliz in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Ozuna (6), D. Fowler (5)
  • HR - T. Pham (9)
  • RBI - T. Pham (20)
  • 2-Out RBI - T. Pham (7)
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Harrison (4), F. Cervelli (7)
  • 3B - C. Dickerson (2), A. Meadows, J. Mercer (2)
  • SF - J. Bell (3)
  • RBI - J. Harrison 2 (9), F. Cervelli 3 (30), J. Bell (28), C. Dickerson (31), J. Mercer (16)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Harrison (2), F. Cervelli 3 (22), C. Dickerson (12)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - A. Meadows (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Musgrove-Mercer-Bell)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Gant (L, 1-2)5.14330704.761.016.5
B. Cecil0.22110003.601.80-3.0
J. Brebbia1.03221104.801.13-2.5
G. Holland1.03220109.452.63-1.5
PITCHERSIP
J. Gant (L, 1-2)5.1
B. Cecil0.2
J. Brebbia1.0
G. Holland1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Musgrove (W, 1-0)7.05000700.000.7129.5
M. Feliz1.01110114.151.251.5
K. Crick1.01000001.881.402.0
PITCHERSIP
J. Musgrove (W, 1-0)7.0
M. Feliz1.0
K. Crick1.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - J. Gant
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Gant 78-55, B. Cecil 10-10, J. Brebbia 22-16, G. Holland 17-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Gant 5-4, G. Holland 1-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Gant 21, B. Cecil 4, J. Brebbia 7, G. Holland 6
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Musgrove 67-50, M. Feliz 18-13, K. Crick 13-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Musgrove 8-5, M. Feliz 1-1, K. Crick 3-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Musgrove 25, M. Feliz 4, K. Crick 4
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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T. Pham CF41111010.292.394.513.9075.5
M. Carpenter 3B40100010.200.318.367.6850.5
J. Martinez 1B30000021.306.379.462.841-1.0
a- Y. Munoz PH10000000.241.290.276.5660.0
M. Ozuna LF30200001.260.301.343.6433.0
b- H. Bader PH10000000.233.333.384.7170.0
J. Gyorko SS40200012.293.379.476.8551.5
D. Fowler RF40100003.158.274.289.5632.0
F. Pena C30000003.259.298.352.6500.0
K. Wong 2B30000011.175.270.292.562-0.5
J. Gant P20000011.000.000.000.000-0.5
B. Cecil P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Brebbia P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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G. Holland P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-grounded out for Martinez in the 9th
  • b-grounded out for Ozuna in the 9th
  • c-struck out for Brebbia in the 8th
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J. Harrison 2B51220022.309.356.420.7755.0
G. Polanco RF41000122.213.325.432.7571.0
F. Cervelli C31130010.283.401.535.9376.5
J. Bell 1B30210010.260.335.398.7332.5
C. Dickerson LF40210003.319.357.505.8635.0
C. Moran 3B40000013.259.353.415.767-0.5
A. Meadows CF42200012.448.448.8971.3457.5
J. Mercer SS42210011.253.319.395.7146.5
J. Musgrove P21100000.500.500.5001.0002.0
a- A. Frazier PH10000002.229.305.322.6270.0
M. Feliz P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- D. Freese PH10000001.257.321.459.7810.0
K. Crick P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-flied out for Musgrove in the 7th
  • b-grounded out for Feliz in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Ozuna (6), D. Fowler (5)
  • HR - T. Pham (9)
  • RBI - T. Pham (20)
  • 2-Out RBI - T. Pham (7)
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Harrison (4), F. Cervelli (7)
  • 3B - C. Dickerson (2), A. Meadows, J. Mercer (2)
  • SF - J. Bell (3)
  • RBI - J. Harrison 2 (9), F. Cervelli 3 (30), J. Bell (28), C. Dickerson (31), J. Mercer (16)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Harrison (2), F. Cervelli 3 (22), C. Dickerson (12)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - A. Meadows (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Musgrove-Mercer-Bell)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Gant (L, 1-2)5.14330704.761.016.5
B. Cecil0.22110003.601.80-3.0
J. Brebbia1.03221104.801.13-2.5
G. Holland1.03220109.452.63-1.5
Total8.01288190---
PITCHERSIP
J. Gant (L, 1-2)5.1
B. Cecil0.2
J. Brebbia1.0
G. Holland1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Musgrove (W, 1-0)7.05000700.000.7129.5
M. Feliz1.01110114.151.251.5
K. Crick1.01000001.881.402.0
Total9.0711081---
PITCHERSIP
J. Musgrove (W, 1-0)7.0
M. Feliz1.0
K. Crick1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - J. Gant
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Gant 78-55, B. Cecil 10-10, J. Brebbia 22-16, G. Holland 17-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Gant 5-4, G. Holland 1-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Gant 21, B. Cecil 4, J. Brebbia 7, G. Holland 6
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Musgrove 67-50, M. Feliz 18-13, K. Crick 13-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Musgrove 8-5, M. Feliz 1-1, K. Crick 3-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Musgrove 25, M. Feliz 4, K. Crick 4
  • 8TH INNING
    Harrison singled to center, Mercer scored18
    Mercer tripled to left center, Meadows scored17
    Pham homered to right center16
  • 7TH INNING
    Cervelli doubled to deep right, Meadows, Mercer and Polanco scored06
  • 6TH INNING
    Dickerson tripled to deep right, Cervelli scored03
    Bell hit sacrifice fly to left, Harrison scored02
    Harrison doubled to deep right center, Musgrove scored01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Kyle Crick pitching
    • Yairo Munoz hit for Jose Martinez
    • Y. Munoz: Ball, Munoz grounded out to second
    • Harrison Bader hit for Marcell Ozuna
    • H. Bader: Foul, Strike looking, Bader grounded out to catcher
    • J. Gyorko: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Gyorko singled to shallow left
    • D. Fowler: Strike looking, Gyorko to second on fielder's indifference, Ball, Fowler grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Michael Feliz pitching
    • K. Wong: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Wong popped out to first
    • Tyler O'Neill hit for John Brebbia
    • T. O'Neill: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, O'Neill struck out swinging
    • T. Pham: Foul, Ball, Pham homered to right center
    • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Carpenter grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Greg Holland pitching
    • C. Moran: Strike swinging, Moran lined out to left
    • A. Meadows: Ball, Foul, Meadows tripled to deep left
    • J. Mercer: Ball, Ball, Mercer tripled to left center, Meadows scored
    • David Freese hit for Michael Feliz
    • D. Freese: Freese grounded out to third
    • J. Harrison: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Harrison singled to center, Mercer scored
    • G. Polanco: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Polanco struck out looking
    • End of the 8th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • J. Musgrove Pitching:
    • M. Ozuna: Ball, Ball, Ozuna doubled to right
    • J. Gyorko: Foul, Strike looking, Strike looking, Gyorko struck out looking
    • D. Fowler: Fowler grounded out to second, Ozuna to third
    • F. Pena: Ball, Pena grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • B. Cecil Pitching:
    • A. Meadows: Meadows reached on an infield single to second
    • John Brebbia relieved Brett Cecil
    • J. Mercer: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Meadows stole second, Strike looking, Mercer reached on an infield single to pitcher, Meadows to third
    • Adam Frazier hit for Joe Musgrove
    • A. Frazier: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Frazier lined out to left
    • J. Harrison: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Harrison struck out swinging
    • G. Polanco: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Polanco walked, Mercer to second
    • F. Cervelli: Strike looking, Cervelli doubled to deep right, Meadows, Mercer and Polanco scored
    • J. Bell: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Bell reached on an infield single to shortstop, Cervelli to third
    • C. Dickerson: Dickerson flied out to deep center
    • End of the 7th (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • J. Musgrove Pitching:
    • T. Pham: Ball, Pham grounded out to shortstop
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Strike looking, Carpenter flied out to center
    • J. Martinez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Gant Pitching:
    • J. Musgrove: Strike looking, Ball, Musgrove singled to shallow right
    • J. Harrison: Strike swinging, Ball, Harrison doubled to deep right center, Musgrove scored
    • G. Polanco: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Polanco grounded out to second, Harrison to third
    • F. Cervelli: Ball, Ball, Cervelli hit by pitch
    • Brett Cecil relieved John Gant
    • J. Bell: Bell hit sacrifice fly to left, Harrison scored
    • C. Dickerson: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Dickerson tripled to deep right, Cervelli scored
    • C. Moran: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Moran lined out to second
    • End of the 6th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • J. Musgrove Pitching:
    • D. Fowler: Ball, Strike looking, Fowler doubled to deep right
    • F. Pena: Pena grounded out to first, Fowler to third
    • K. Wong: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Wong struck out swinging
    • J. Gant: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gant struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Gant Pitching:
    • C. Dickerson: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Dickerson singled to center
    • C. Moran: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Moran struck out swinging
    • A. Meadows: Ball, Meadows flied out to left
    • J. Mercer: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Mercer struck out looking
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • J. Musgrove Pitching:
    • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Carpenter struck out swinging
    • J. Martinez: Ball, Martinez flied out to center
    • M. Ozuna: Ozuna reached on an infield single to pitcher
    • J. Gyorko: Gyorko lined out to second
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Gant Pitching:
    • G. Polanco: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Polanco lined out to second
    • F. Cervelli: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Cervelli struck out swinging
    • J. Bell: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bell struck out swinging
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • J. Musgrove Pitching:
    • K. Wong: Ball, Wong grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Gant: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Gant grounded out to second
    • T. Pham: Foul, Strike looking, Strike looking, Pham struck out looking
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Gant Pitching:
    • J. Mercer: Foul, Ball, Ball, Mercer grounded out to second
    • J. Musgrove: Ball, Musgrove grounded out to pitcher
    • J. Harrison: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Harrison grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • J. Musgrove Pitching:
    • J. Gyorko: Strike looking, Gyorko singled to shallow left
    • D. Fowler: Fowler lined out to center
    • F. Pena: Pickoff attempt, Pena grounded into double play pitcher to shortstop to first, Gyorko out at second
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Gant Pitching:
    • J. Bell: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bell singled to shallow right center
    • C. Dickerson: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Dickerson lined out to center
    • C. Moran: Strike looking, Moran lined out to right
    • A. Meadows: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Meadows struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. Musgrove Pitching:
    • T. Pham: Strike looking, Pham grounded out to shortstop
    • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Ball, Carpenter singled to deep right
    • J. Martinez: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
    • M. Ozuna: Ball, Ozuna flied out to left
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Gant Pitching:
    • J. Harrison: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Harrison struck out swinging
    • G. Polanco: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Polanco struck out swinging
    • F. Cervelli: Ball, Strike swinging, Cervelli grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)