It was a pitchers duel in the season opener in PNC between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the St. Louis Cardinals.
In 7 innings, Pittsburgh starter Ian Snell allowed only one run, on a 4th inning single by Scott Rolen, scoring Albert Pujols from 2nd.
St. Louis starter Braden Looper went 7 shut-out innings, allowing only 2 hits.
In the top of 8th, Preston Wilson, pinch-hitting for Jim Edmonds, doubled, scoring Eckstein and Pujols, increasing the Cardinals lead to 3-0.
St. Louis relief pitchers continued the domination of the Bucs line-up, completing the 3-hit shutout.
Through the entire game the Pirates were unable to get move a base-runner past 2nd base.
Adam LaRoche continued to struggle at the plate, going 0 for 3 with a walk.
The two teams will meet again at PNC Park tomorrow night for the 2nd game of the 3-game series.