Pittsburgh Pirates Vs. St. Louis Cardinals Live Radio Broadcast: NLDS Game 2 (LISTEN)
The Pittsburgh Pirates play the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 2 of their NL division series. The game starts at 1:07 p.m. ET. Listen to the live radio broadcast HERE.
The Cardinals claimed the first game of the NL division series on Thursday with a 9-1 win. Pittsburgh was unable to produce, getting four hits and one homer.
"Game 164 was rough. That's one of the things we've been real good at is we don't overcook things," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle told reporters, via ESPN. "We knew coming in we had to find a way to win a game here. ... We're down one game in the series, and we'll move on."
Pittsburgh's offense will look to have a better night against Cardinals pitcher Lance Lynn (15-10, 3.97 ERA). In five starts this season against Pittsburgh, Lynn is 2-1 with a 5.60 ERA, according to the Associated Press. He's fared even better playing at home, posting a 9-3 record with a 2.82 ERA.
"To be here at this time, you know what it's all about," Lynn told reporters. "It doesn't matter if it's regular season, postseason, whatever it may be. You're just thinking about one thing, and that is getting the job done for your team and giving them a chance to win.
"... Some pitchers feel more comfortable at certain places. But I have the luxury of throwing in front of the home crowd here, and I'm excited about it."
The Pirates, meanwhile, hope to limit the Cardinals' offense behind the arm of rookie Gerrit Cole (10-7, 3.22). He improved down the stretch of the season, posting a 1.38 ERA in his last four starts of the regular season. The magnitude of his first division series hasn't escaped him.
"It's going to be unbelievable. You're in enemy territory. The place is going to be loud. It's going to be rocking," Cole said. "I have no real experience to pull from, so just going to try to keep it as simple as I can and just control what I can."