Cardinals' Drew Rom gets another chance against Pirates


St. Bill Belichick: Has he lost his touch? | Agree to DisagreeRom (0-2, 8.00 ERA) will get a quick rematch against the

on Saturday in the middle contest of three-game set in St. Louis.The Pirates

(62-73) won the opener 4-2 in 10 innings Friday for their fourth straight victory. The Cardinals (58-77) have lost 11 of their past 15 games.Rom never settled in against the Pirates

in his debut. He allowed the eight runs (six earned) on eight hits, four walks and a wild pitch as the Cardinals suffered an 11-1 loss.Joshua Palacios belted a three-run homer, Liover Peguero hit a two-run single and Connor Joe scored four times and hit an RBI double off Rom in that game.Rom’s second start for the


went much better. He held the Philadelphia Phillies to two runs on five hits in 5 2/3 innings.He took lessons learned against the Pirates

and applied them versus the Phillies.“I was able to take a lot of the adrenaline, a lot of the anxiety and kind of bottle that rather than try to tamper it down,” Rom told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Rom told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he was able to take a lot of adrenaline and anxiety and bottle it rather than try to tamper with it. It was my lack of control and losing my mechanics that hurt me. I didn’t tell myself to calm down. In Rom’s second game. Kyle Schwarber, the Phillies’ slugger, homered on his first pitch in the game. “At that stage it was time to just take a break and figure it out,” Rom explained. Rom said, “At that point, it’s just time to take a breather and figure out what I need to do.” Then, I was just going to pitch and do what I did. You can’t take anything back. “All I can do now is focus on the next game. “

As for the


, right-hander Thomas Hatch (1-1, 3.20) will come out of the bullpen to start. His only start of the season came Aug. 21 at home against the

Cardinals, and he threw two hitless innings. That is his only career appearances against Pittsburgh.The Sept. 1 roster expansion allowed the Pirates to promote infielder/outfielder Miguel Andujar from Triple-A Indianapolis and bring reliever Carmen Mlodzinski off the 15-day injured list.

Andujar, once an everyday player for the New York Yankees, hit .338 with a .940 OPS in 103 games at Indianapolis.“One of the things we continue to look at is if he’s having good at-bats and if he’s hitting the ball hard and he did that for most of the year in Indy,” Pirates

manager Derek Shelton told AT&T Sportsnet.

Mlodzinski was sidelined with elbow soreness before returning to action Friday.“He’s done a lot well,” Shelton told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette of Mlodzinski. Mlodzinski was sidelined with elbow soreness before returning to action Friday. Shelton told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that he had done a lot of well. He will be questionable Saturday. He will be questionable Saturday.The


activated outfielder Lars Nootbaar (lower abdomen contusion) from the 10-day injury list and closer Ryan Helsley (forearm soreness) from the 60-day IL ahead of this series.

–Field Level Media