Originally written on Raise the Jolly Roger!  |  Last updated 9/17/14
The Bucs broke out the bats to neutralize a pretty ugly night of pitching on Tuesday, and the result was another comfortable victory against the Giants. We finally saw the Pirates really explode on offense – they pounded a season high 18 hits and scored a season high 12 runs. Barry Zito was bad (as he has been all season on the road), but the Pirates were able to take full advantage and then some. The effort was led by the top of the order – Starling Marte, Jordy Mercer, and Andrew McCutchen went 8 for their first 8 on the night and combined for 10 hits total. Marte added two stolen bases to his 4-for-4 night, and McCutchen took advantage of all the baserunners with 3 RBI’s. The middle of the order brought home several runs as well – Russell Martin, Pedro Alvarez, and Neil Walker all had hits and RBI’s. Later in the game, Walker and Alex Presley tacked on solo homers over the Clemente wall. The Bucs knocked Zito out of the game in the fifth and kept the attack coming against the Giants’ pen. They only failed to score in two innings – the second and fourth. The game was sort of shaping up to be a blowout early on, but it turned out the Bucs needed most of the runs. Francisco Liriano wasn’t too sharp – he only struck out two and the Giants squared him up for eight hits. He was able to get through six, which was a plus, but gave up a 4-1 lead and let San Francisco back into the game. The Bucs responded and went back up big again, but the bullpen also had a rough evening. Justin Wilson and Tony Watson both pitched one inning and both allowed two runs. They picked a good night to have poor outings, but that’s two bad innings in a row for Wilson – plus his velocity seemed to be down. That may be something to watch going forward. Jason Grilli took care of the ninth with the Bucs up four – normally that would be infuriating, but he hadn’t pitched since Friday so I can live with it. You certainly can’t complain too much about the Bucs having a bad day on the mound, and you have to love seeing a huge night from the offense. Tomorrow will be a much tougher test, and it’s good to have the series in hand going in to a matchup against Matt Cain. Pirates 12, Giants 8 / Box / 2013 Record: 39-26 / Next: Thursday, vs. Giants, 7:05 Source: FanGraphs
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