Originally written on WHYGAVS?  |  Last updated 8/16/12
The Pirates got out to an early lead in this one (like I requested) and they put people on base and hit the ball over the fence in this one (like I requested), but this was hardly an easy or ideal win for the Pirates as AJ Burnett struggled quite a bit in his 6 2/3 innings and Clint Hurdle had another slow hook. All of that being said, I thought there were a few things to like in this afternoon's Pirate win (beyond the fact that it was a win and wins are good when you're losing your grasp on a playoff spot). The Pirates needed a win today and they came out firing with Garrett Jones's three-run first inning homer. They gave that lead back pretty quickly and could've folded up and mailed things in after Hanley Ramirez's homer put the Dodgers ahead 4-3, but instead they went out and tied the game up and then got the lead back an inning later with Jones's second three-run homer and Pedro Alvarez's solo shot. Then Burnett struggled to get out of the seventh and the Dodgers clawed back to...
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