Pittsburgh Pirates vs. St. Louis Cardinals: Instant Analysis and Reactions

Alex Koma@AlexKomaVTContributor IIISeptember 8, 2013

ST. LOUIS, MO - SEPTEMBER 08: David Freese #23 of the St. Louis Cardinals makes contact on a pitch the third inning of a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Busch Stadium on September 08, 2013 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by David Welker/Getty Images)
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The St. Louis Cardinals completed their sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates to take a two game lead in the NL Central.

The Cardinals won the first two games of the series convincingly, beating the Bucs 12-8 and 5-0, and they kept up the pressure with a 9-2 win in this one.

That leaves the Pirates still searching for their 82nd win to clinch a winning season after losing their fourth straight game. 

Pittsburgh's Charlie Morton was rough in this one, allowing five runs in the first two innings. 

A string of relievers couldn't stem the tide, as the Cardinals beat up the bullpen for four more runs and cruised to an easy win.

Check out my reactions and analysis from during the game to learn more about this crucial divisional battle.

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