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Pineiro carries the load

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Joel Pineiro did it all on Sunday as the right-hander spun seven innings of one-run ball on five hits and no walks to drop his ERA to 3.09 and earn his eighth win of the season.

To top it off, the 30-year-old free agent-to-be drove in both runs for the sputtering Cardinals offense. It came in the fourth inning via his second double of the season, a line drive between the third baseman and the bag that headed toward the stands that jut out down the left field line.

Leave it to Tom Orf to put this feat into context. Pineiro is just the fifth Cardinals pitcher in at least the last 55 years to drive in all the team’s runs in a single game.

He is only the second to actually pick up the win in the process and the first since Ray Sadecki did it 48 years ago.

Ironically, the most recent pitcher to drive in all the Cardinals runs prior to Sunday hailed from Puerto Rico as does Pineiro, Omar Olivares in June, 1991.

Cardinals pitcher driving in all runs (1954-2009)

Pitcher/hitter Date Opp W/L Score
Joel Pineiro 7/19/2009 ARI W 3-1
Omar Olivares 6/12/1991 @SDP L 2-7
Bob Forsch 9/12/1986 MON L 3-4
Don Durham 8/4/1972 PHI L 3-8
Ray Sadecki 8/6/1961(1) PHI W 3-1
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