Pirates Derek Shelton argued undercover, winning first as manager

scheduled tribe. LOUIS – Pittsburgh Pirates manager Derek Shelton staged baseball’s first big, socially distracting umpire argument, then scored his first win as a big league manager as the Pirates defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 5-1 on Sunday Beat.

Colin Moran and Jose Osuna competed and Mitch Keller played five solid innings for the Pirates.

Shelton went on to argue in the third inning with plate umpire Jordan Baker that pitcher Derek Holland was ruled out for arguing balls and strikes.

Shelton drew a gator to his face while leaving the dugout, and Baker took out a face mask from his pocket and held it to his face as Shelton argued from about 6 feet away. Baker let Shelton say his piece and did not take out the first-year captain.

Despite the odd circumstances of the argument, Shelton congratulated Baker about the dust-up.

“Jordan did a really good job. We were trying to stay away, which made both of us aware,” he said. “Then his mask broke in the middle. [our argument] So I wanted to make sure that my mask stays on and it stays great.

“He handled it professionally. I think it was the first time, and we were both in an unknown area, and then when I went there later, we got a chuckle out of it.”

Pittsburgh avoided flowing and hitting the Cardinals for just the second time in their last 14 meetings. The Pirates created a game to ensure that everyone celebrated for their new manager.

“I got a barrage of very serious beer,” Shelton said. I think anyone knows that I know that I know [mad] We wasted that beer. ”

Keller (1-0) faced St. Louis for the first time in his career. He scored one run, two hits and three runs while striking out three. His only flaw came when Colt Wong scored on a single from Tommy Edman in the third inning.

Cardinals starter Dakota Hudson (0-1) gave up four runs including two homers in 4⅓ innings. Hudson lost for the first time in four career starts against the Pirates, and it was his first loss against an NL Central rival after winning his last five matches in 2019.

Pittsburgh scored three runs in the fourth. Moran worked with two outs, and was then scored by Philip Evans’ infield single and two runs by Osuna with a 3–1 lead.

Jacob Stallings scored on a sacrifice fly from Josh Bell, who went 4-1 in the fifth. He made it 5–1 in the eighth when Bell scored on a Philip Evans double for the first time.


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