Originally written on Raise the Jolly Roger!  |  Last updated 7/1/14
This one felt all too familiar, like the summer of 2013 when the Pirates would just find all kinds of ways to win games out of nowhere. The Pirates had no business winning this game – they were totally dominated by Wade Miley for eight innings, and while Jeff Locke pitched well again, a couple of soft hits and a defensive miscue put a couple runs on the board for Arizona. But just a few minutes later, they were sprinting out to celebrate on the field and Ike Davis was getting Gatorade dumped on him. They stole it. The first eight innings happened so quickly that it felt like the game was nowhere near ready to be over, but that’s just how good Miley was. He took a perfect game into the fifth and lost it on a sketchy Jordy Mercer infield hit (plus an error), but rebounded to cruise through the eighth (allowing just one more hit, which was erased by a maddeningly foolish failed Russell Martin SB attempt). The Pirates hit a few hard outs here and there but for the most part they were baffled – and a pretty wide strike zone wasn’t helping matters. Locke continues to look very good. He was tagged for eight hits, but worked around most of them to go eight innings again. Going eight was unheard of for Pirate starters a month ago, now it seems pretty common. A couple of bloops and a bad throw by Gaby Sanchez on a pickoff play gave the D-Backs a 2-run fifth, and it looked like that was going to be enough. Then the ninth inning happened. Neil Walker, batting all the way down in the eight spot against the lefty, banged a solid single to center. Gregory Polanco made his first career pinch hit appearance and dumped a single to left. That knocked out Miley, and you could start to get the feel that something was brewing. Josh Harrison shockingly wasn’t asked to bunt, and hit the ball hard but it was caught for an out in center. That brought up Starling Marte, who fell down 0-2 on two horrible looking swings. I can’t believe he didn’t get another breaking ball a mile off the plate – and he made Addison Reed pay with a blast to center that went off the wall and tied the game. Then (after the obvious IBB to Cutch) Davis won it with the single to right. The Pirates stole this one – but it sort of feels like it was time for one of those wins. They’ve certainly had a few stolen from them recently (cough Jason Grilli cough…by the way, Ernesto Frieri picked up the W in this one with a scoreless ninth – assisted by a great Harrison throw to the plate). Easy, clean victories are nice, but these sure are fun once in a while. Your browser does not support iframes. Source: FanGraphs Original article: Pirates 3, D-Backs 2©2014 Raise the Jolly Roger. All Rights Reserved.
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