Originally written on Raise the Jolly Roger!  |  Last updated 11/20/14
Mlb-june-15th-2010

The Pirates sent another full house home happy on Saturday afternoon, defeating the Tigers 4-1 for the second straight game. They did it behind a excellent-but-unexpected starting effort and a big swing from their MVP.

If this was Brad Lincoln‘s last start for a while, he certainly went out with a bang. Brad came out of the gate this afternoon with some fantastic stuff, getting lots of swings-and-misses and cruising efficiently through the Detroit lineup. It was pretty much a 180-degree turnaround from what Lincoln had shown in his last couple starts. He started to cause a stir in PNC Park by carrying a no-hitter into the sixth, but it was broken up with a leadoff single by Ramon Santiago. Still, Lincoln got a nice hand and finished the inning with no problems.

Miguel Cabrera broke out of a mini-slump with an opposite field blast to lead off the seventh and knock Brad out of the game, but it was still an outstanding effort. Now the question is what will happen next with Lincoln. Does one really good start after a few bad ones put him ahead of Kevin Correia (with Jeff Karstens poised to take someone’s spot within the week)?  Hard to say.

The Pirates’ offense didn’t do much against Max Scherzer, who struck out 15 Bucs last month. They weren’t quite that bad, though (only 8 K’s today), and when an opportunity came around, Andrew McCutchen capitalized in a big way. He blasted a 3-run homer to left that gave the Bucs a 3-0 lead and triggered some (much deserved) M-V-P chants throughout the park. I have a feeling those are going to get louder if this keeps up.

The bullpen finished things with no problems, and Neil Walker singled in Casey McGehee (who had doubled) for the Bucs’ fourth run in the seventh inning. My only beefs today were a few #Hurdled moments: Jose Tabata thrown out stealing with McCutchen at the plate, a failed suicide squeeze, and a sac-bunt in front of McCutchen that led to an obvious intentional walk. Luckily the Bucs were good today to win comfortably despite those miscues.

The win puts the Bucs into a tie for the second NL Wild Card spot and improves them to 23-12 at home (second best in MLB, just a half game behind the Dodgers). It also clinched the series (eight series wins out of the last nine) and clinched a winning record in interleague play (10-7 with just Sunday’s game to go). Good times on the North Shore.

Pirates 4, Tigers 1 / Box / 2012 Record: 38-32 / Next: Sunday, vs. Tigers, 1:35

MVP: Lincoln (+.199) / LVP: Barajas (-.043) / Key play: Cutch’s HR

©2012 Raise the Jolly Roger. All Rights Reserved.

.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Bowl games have no place in the College Football Playoff

Chip Kelly: Tim Tebow is a quarterback

Report: Several Bulls players threatened to boycott Thibodeau

Eagles players don't share McCoy's views on Chip Kelly

Bryant attends Cowboys OTAs despite not signing contract

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Are Dwyane Wade and the Heat headed for a split?

Good news for the effort to bring an NHL team to Vegas

Adrian Peterson goes on social media rant regarding contract

Report: John Wall, friends kicked off plane in Las Vegas

Broncos OT Ryan Clady suffers torn ACL in practice

Report: Buffalo Sabres to hire Dan Bylsma as head coach

The can't-miss Prince Fielder

Odell Beckham Jr: Double teams on me won't work

For LeBron James, it's about more than the ring

Is Sam Bradford not close to full health?

Five NFL players who paid dearly to obtain jersey numbers

Dee Gordon thought Marlins’ manager hire was a joke

Which MLB teams are most changed since Opening Day?

Seattle Mariners: Back to .500

JJ Watt doesn't care for chance to be on 'Hard Knocks'

McElwain compliments Muschamp culture at UF, previous staff 'snakebit'

Montreal mayor to meet Manfred in hopes of getting a franchise back

Five things we'd like to see on 'Hard Knocks' with the Texans

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

The can't-miss Prince Fielder

Chip Kelly: Tebow is a quarterback

For LeBron, it's about more than the ring

Is Sam Bradford not close to full health?

Are Dwyane Wade and the Heat headed for a split?

Good news for the effort to bring an NHL team to Vegas

JJ Watt doesn't care for chance to be on 'Hard Knocks'

Ryan Clady suffers torn ACL

'Entourage' creator rips Eli Manning

Brandon Marshall, Geno Smith are roommates

The Cavaliers are top (under)dogs

Bryce Harper on his breakout

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.