"That was a learning experience for him," St. Louis manager Tony La Russa told reporters after the game. "I mean, he's out there firing instead of pitching. He's got an arsenal to pitch with. He'll benefit from the experience."
Parisi, who was filling in for injured Joel Pineiro, had pitched in long relief since being called up to the Majors. Carrying a 2.87 ERA after eight relief appearances, his ERA blew up to 6.38, after his first start, before he could get to the showers.
Albert Pujols was the only Cardinal to have a multi-hit game, going 2-for-3, raising his batting average to .369.
Third baseman Troy Glaus, hit his third home run on the season, a solo blast coming in the second inning, to pull the Cardinals within three runs, as they trailed the Pirates 4-1, at the end of two.
The Pirates added five more runs in the third inning, putting the game basically out of reach, as fans began to pray and dance for rain, that threaten, throughout the evening, with driving rain falling at the ballpark from the second through the sixth. The start of the seventh was delayed about 10 minutes as the ground crew worked on the mound, but the weather threaten, but failed to deliver in a clutch situation.
The Pirates, racked up 19 hits, the most hits surrendered by the Cardinals this season.
NOTES AND QUOTES
In the starting lineup Friday night, Joe Mather became the sixth Cardinal to make his Major League debut this season, joining Brian Barton, Kyle McClellan, Mike Parisi, Chris Perez and Rico Washington.
Friday nights 5-4 win over the Pirates, was Game No. 1,999, for Cardinals manager, Tony La Russa, tying him with Hall of Famer Red Schoendienst for most games as Cardinals manager. La Russa's record stands at 1,088-911 as a Cardinals manager.
Matt Clement is scheduled to begin a minor league rehabilitation assignment this next week.
Rookie outfielder Joe Mather, made his second consecutive start since being called up to replace Chris Duncan on the 25-man roster. Mather went 0-for-4 and is 1-for-8, with a base hit and an RBI.
Deposed closer Jason Isringhausen, will have to prove he belongs on the mound in a closing situation, his old job isn't waiting for him.
Chris Duncan made his first start since being sent down to Triple-A, playing in left field for the Redbirds, Duncan went 0-for-4 with a walk.
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