The Pirates did something yesterday that they haven’t done since April 8, and we’re not just talking about winning a game for the first time in six tries; they finally scored more than three runs in a game – pretty pathetic that the Pens are putting up more goals in their embarrassing losses than the Bucs score on a regular basis.
For the second game in a row, the Buccos jumped out to an early lead, but this time they were able to hold on to win 4-1. Even though the offense figured out that its going to have to score runs in order to win games, this win was all about the pitching.
Kevin Correia is making a great case that he shouldn’t be tossed to the bullpen once AJ Burnett comes back (I could be wrong but I don’t ever recall Clint Hurdle saying Correia was the odd-man out…probably just media hype) because he was pretty much as good as it gets for a second straight start. In two starts he’s gone six innings in each and given up just one run in each; yesterday he only allowed three hits and induced 15 groundball outs…not too shabby.
While he was busy doing that, the Pirates were busy jumping out to a 2-0 lead in the second thanks to Garrett Jones’ first bushes shot of the year (solo, of course) and Alex Presley’s two-out RBI single with the bases loaded.
We couldn’t help but get nervous when the Giants scored in the fifth inning seeing as how Saturday’s game went pretty much the same way but the Buccos put up two more insurance runs in the eighth before Joel Hanrahan got three Giants to fly out in the ninth in his first save opportunity of the year…nine games in, first save opp…wow.
More good news from this game though was that Neil Walker went 2 for 4 for the second straight day and now his batting average is up to .172 after he entered the weekend hitting .048 – and you were worried. He also scored the game-winning run yesterday. Something else that hasn’t happened since April 8: Pedro Alvarez getting a hit - that streak is still going strong; he went 0 for 3 yesterday. But hey, he only struck out twice and is now batting .053.
The Pirates have three more out west to start this week in Arizona before they finally come home for their division opener against the Cardinals. Erik Bedard, Jeff Karstens and James McDonald will all be looking for their first wins against the 6-3 Diamondbacks.
Hoist the colors.