Originally written on Raise the Jolly Roger!  |  Last updated 11/18/14

Kevin Correia made the most out of his final Pirates start (most likely), as the Bucs defeated the Braves 5-1 in the final night game of the season.

Correia delivered a solid 6.2 inning effort and allowed just one run on six hits while striking out five. He finished the year with a 4.21 ERA and a 12-11 record — which is about as good as anyone could have hoped for from him.  Kevin pitched 171 innings on the season (over 28 starts and some work in the bullpen), and earned a $100k bonus for topping 170. It would have been interesting if he had been pulled just before crossing that mark in the sixth inning!  It was a nice ending to Correia’s Pirates career (assuming he won’t re-sign in Pittsburgh, which nobody is anticipating). He did pretty much what was expected of him during his two year deal, which is more than most Pirates free-agent signings can say for themselves.

The Pirates swung the bats well enough against Tommy Hanson, as Starling Marte had another big night. The rookie had three hits (including a double), while Alex Presley and Pedro Alvarez had two apiece. Garrett Jones blasted his 27th homer of the year to complete a pretty solid night for the offense. The Bucs also swiped four bases (two by Marte, and one each from Josh Harrison and Chase d’Arnaud).

This game meant nothing at all, but the win did give the Bucs their 79th of the year – tying the most they’ve had in a season during The Streak (1997). A win tomorrow would put them at 80-82 to finish the year, which would just be another slap in the face in a season that’s been full of them. Think of all the easily-avoidable losses throughout the year…

Pirates 5, Braves 1 / Box / 2012 Record: 79-82 / Next: Wednesday, vs. Braves, 12:35

MVP: Correia (+.137) / LVP: McKenry (-.040) / Key play: Barmes’ RBI single

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