Found May 19, 2013 on Pirates Prospects:
Pedro Alvarez leads the Pirates with 8 home runs. (Photo credit: David Hague) It’s an overall negative that the Pirates could only score eight runs in three games against the Houston Astros, baseball’s worst run prevention team. It’s an overall negative that that they could only crack open four total hits on average starting pitcher Lucas Harrell, and needed 15 hitters Sunday to hit the ball out of the infield. But when a Pirates batter finally did hit it out of infield… boom. Pedro Alvarez roped Harrell’s first-pitch fastball to the opposite field, hooking just inside the left-field foul pole 325 feet from the plate for a home run. Alvarez’s 8th home run got Pittsburgh (26-18) its first hit in the 5th inning and broke the scoreless tie in the Pirates’ 1-0 win. Alvarez’s just-barely home run was all the run support needed for Jeff Locke, who continued to defy the regression monsters with seven shutout innings and only three hits allowed for his fourth victory. Locke worked from behind often, throwing first-pitch strikes to just 12 of his 25 hitters. Aided by home plate umpire Todd Tichenor’s low strike zone, Locke notched four strikeouts and only two walks, allowing only one Astros baserunner to reach scoring position. The left-hander’s season ERA drops to 2.73 after his 94-pitch scoreless outing. The Pirates’ only real chance for insurance came in the 6th inning. Travis Snider hit a one-out double to the North Shore Notch, then one batter later, Gaby Sanchez singled to center field. Snider was waved home with two outs, but center fielder Brandon Barnes’ throw beat him and catcher Carlos Corporan held strong as Snider called Mr. Plow. Lucas Harrell was strong on the mound for Houston (12-32), pitching seven innings and allowing just five baserunners. Mark Melancon and Jason Grilli each pitched a 1-2-3 inning to wrap up the Pirates’ series victory.

Pirates fan jumps into river for Pedro Alvarez home run ball (Video)

A Pittsburgh Pirates fan named Bobby Zappala jumped off a boat into the Allegheny River fully clothed to grab a home run ball hit out of PNC Park by third baseman Pedro Alvarez during last Friday night's game. Your browser does not support iframes. The 2-run HR by Alvarez tied the Houston Astros at 4-4 in the bottom of the eighth, and the Pirates won the game in the bottom...

Alvarez hits HR out of PNC Park, into river

Pittsburgh Pirates slugger Pedro Alvarez brings new meaning to “hit it out of the park” as this home run ball clears the bleachers and ends up in the Allegheny drink. Screen snaps below courtesy of, Root Sports, and KDKA and brought to you by Lowe’s. Looks like a Sergio Garcia shot at 17 Sometimes you just have to get wet as a fan retrieves the wet souvenir -David...

Pirates Come Back to Win 5-4 with Alvarez’s Bomb, Martin’s Walkoff

Pedro Alvarez struck with a massive home run into the Allegheny to tie the game. (Photo credit: David Hague) Pedro Alvarez will frustrate the hell out of you. Pedro Alvarez will be unwatchable at the plate. Pedro Alvarez will fly south of the Mendoza Line for a month and a half. Pedro Alvarez will also come up in the 8th inning of a game and tie it with one swing, send a ball 462...

Sorry, Jeff Locke, You Won’t Keep Dominating

Jeff Locke says he has “gotten much better” over the last two years. Jeff Locke, let’s talk. Heh. Rhymes. Jeff, your pitching has played a role of significance in the Pirates’ 26-18 start and a spot in the playoffs if Bud Selig took ether and ended the season on May 21. You have pitched five quality starts in your last six outings in the last month, allowing an average of...

Jeff Locke and Pedro Alvarez lead Bucs to 1-0 win over Astros

Final: Pirates 1, Astros 0 (box) WP: Jeff Locke (4-1, 2.73 ERA) LP: Lucas Harrell (3-5, 4.63 ERA) SV: Jason Grilli (17, 0.92 ERA) Jeff Locke started and pitched seven scoreless innings. He struck out four, walked two, and gave up just three hits. Andrew McCutchen was scratched due to soreness in his right knee. Apparently he was able to pinch hit, but was not used. The only run of...

Pirates post-game interviewer gets pied and showered

After the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Houston Astros 5-4 in walkoff fashion thanks to a Houston error, Root Sports post-game interviewer Robby Incmikoski was interviewing Pedro Alvarez, who tied the game at four in the eighth inning with a titanic home run. Near the end of the interview, you can see Alvarez look past Incmikoski and slightly smile. Out of nowhere, Pirates pitcher...

Pirates 1, Astros 0

Jeff Locke allowed three hits over seven innings, Pedro Alvarez homered and the Pittsburgh Pirates won for the eighth time in 10 games, 1-0 over the Houston Astros on Sunday. Locke (4-1) won his fourth straight decisions and gave up one run or fewer for the fifth time in his past eight outings. He struck out four and walked three. The notoriously streaky Alvarez pushed his average...

First Pitch: The Altoona Four – Where Are They Now?

Jeff Locke was one of the four pitchers known as The Altoona Four. In 2010 the Altoona Curve had a group of pitchers that went on to be called “The Altoona Four” out of convenience. I say convenience because the group led Altoona to an Eastern League title in 2010, but they also led the Lynchburg Hillcats to a Carolina League title in 2009. So they could have easily been “The...

Pirates fan leaps into Allegheny River to claim home run ball (Video)

As previously noted on Outside the Boxscore, fans will pretty much do anything for a home run ball and one Pittsburgh Pirates fan proved that last week. The fan's name was Bobby Zappala and he got a little wet trying to track down a Pedro Alvarez home run ball that landed in the Allegheny river: Your browser does not support iframes. Kudos to you Bobby, your dive was...

Jeff Locke, Jason Grilli Shut Down Astros for 1-0 Victory

The Pittsburgh Pirates have two unlikely arms leading their pitching arsenal this season. Third-year newcomer Jeff Locke, in his first full time season as a starter, and veteran journeyman Jason Grilli, who has become the Pirates closer and one of the best relievers in the game. In a 1-0 victory over the Houston Astros on Sunday, Locke would work seven scoreless innings, surrendering...

Game 44 Preview: Pirates vs. Astros

Astros (12-31) at Pirates (25-18) 1;35 PM–PNC Park, Pittsburgh Gameday TV: ROOT It’s dumb to call this a big game, but the Pirates are somewhat in need of a better effort today. They were lucky to escape with a victory on Friday, couldn’t get going at the plate yesterday, and are now at risk of dropping a home series to the awful Astros. Tonight’s starters… Lucas...

Game 44: Pirates 1 Astros 0

Let's try a different perspective here: for the first time in a long time, you could accuse the Pirates of playing down to their opposition this weekend. Against an awfu Astro team, the Pirates spent most of this weekend playing on one side or the other of a low-scoring one-run game. Today, the only run was a solo homer by Pedro Alvarez that was the diametric opposite of his...
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