Originally posted on Raise the Jolly Roger!  |  Last updated 5/10/13
Mlb-pirates-tigers-jun
The Pirates bounced back nicely from a couple of tough losses with a fairly dominating win on Friday night to even this weekend’s series at one game apiece. The game basically came down to Wandy Rodriguez pitching well, Shaun Marcum pitching poorly, and Garrett Jones having a monster night. The Bucs jumped out to an early lead in a long and crazy top of the second inning. It started with four consecutive hits from Jones, Tabata, McKenry, and Pedro…but Tabata made an out on the bases and John McDonald was hit by a pitch to load the bases for Wandy – who isn’t know for his ability with the bat. He got a run home by grounding in to a force out, though, and Starling Marte beat out an infield hit to bring home a third run. Jordy Mercer then singled to load the bases again for Cutch, but he flew out and missed a chance to break the game wide open. The three runs were plenty for Wandy, though. The lefty had a much better outing than his previous few starts, working through six innings while scattering six hits. One was a solo homer, but other than that he stayed out of trouble. He only struck out two but didn’t walk anyone. Amazingly, this marks the first time all season the Pirates have gotten three consecutive starts of 6 innings or more. Slowly but surely, they appear to be improving on that weakness. Wandy was at 92 pitches through six and probably had another inning in him, but the Bucs were up big at that point so there was no need to stretch him. They were up big because of Jones. After Marte was HBP and Mercer singled in the fifth, Garrett blasted a three run homer to double the Bucs’ run output. It wasn’t initially ruled a homer as Jones raced to third when the ball took a huge bounce back towards center field, but replay showed that it hit above the right field fence before rebounding back in play. (And unlike the the ones in Cleveland the other day, the umps actually were able to recognize that and made the proper call.) The Bucs added an additional run in the ninth, and actually should have had even more, but Cutch hit into a double play with the bases loaded and no outs. Luckily they had a comfortable lead at that point, but the extra run was still much appreciated in the bottom of the ninth. Vin Mazzaro had tossed two clean innings in the seventh and eighth, but Jose Contreras had all kinds of problems in the ninth, allowing a homer, two more hits, and a walk. It got to the point where it was a save situation with the tying run on deck and two outs, and that meant Jason Grilli came in on a night when he looked set to get the game off. He’s pitched two days in a row now, but he finished the job on three pitches, so hopefully that won’t render him unavailable for tomorrow. Notes: Jones’ blast was just the Bucs second three-run homer of the year. (Marte had the other one, in Milwaukee) Garrett must be a big fan of instant replay on home run calls. This was the second time he had one overturned in his favor this year. Cutch had a brutal night, going 0-for-5 with 7 LOB. He also made a poor play in CF during the messy ninth inning, failing to call off his infielders as a pop up to short-center fell in. Travis Snider did not play, despite the fact the Bucs were facing a righty. Russell Martin also sat out, citing additional soreness in his neck. Pirates 7, Mets 3 / Box / 2013 Record: 19-16 / Next: Saturday, vs. Mets, 1:10 Source: FanGraphs
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Spurs, Cavs trade talks now include LaMarcus Aldridge

LaVar Ball says ‘Zeus and Jesus’ told him Lonzo would go to Lakers

Cavs are reportedly talking about a trade for Danny Green with Spurs

Report: Blazers pursuing lottery pick due to Damian Lillard’s desire for better supporting cast

Lonzo Ball wears Big Baller Brand bow tie to NBA Draft

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Markelle Fultz wearing shows made out of actual basketballs at NBA Draft

Kings reportedly showing major interest in Andre Drummond

WATCH: George Springer exits game after HBP

Chiefs part ways with GM John Dorsey

Oilers, Islanders swap Jordan Eberle for Ryan Strome

Report: Paul George, Spurs have strong mutual interest in trade

The 'NBA Draft going back to school?' quiz

2016-17 NBA Awards: The Gary Payton Award for best trash talk of the year

It’s quarterback contract silly season, starting with Derek Carr

Feeding your roundball addiction through the summer months

2017 NBA Mock Draft

Box Score 6/22: Emotion-filled Knight for Pens fans, Preds fans... and Knicks fans

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

The 'Golden Knights will begin with a Fleury of activity' quiz

2016-17 NBA Awards: The Ricky Davis Award for most irrationally confident shooter

It's time for Satchel Paige Day in Major League Baseball

Which vets the Vegas Golden Knights should build around

Box Score 6/21: Summer of NBA trades heats up

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 'NBA Draft going back to school?' quiz

2016-17 NBA Awards: The Gary Payton Award for best trash talk of the year

It’s quarterback contract silly season, starting with Derek Carr

The 'Golden Knights will begin with a Fleury of activity' quiz

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Feeding your roundball addiction through the summer months

2016-17 NBA Awards: The Ricky Davis Award for most irrationally confident shooter

It's time for Satchel Paige Day in MLB

Which vets the Vegas Golden Knights should build around

The Giants' failures for 2017 are complete, time to think of the future

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker