The Pirates did something that makes me happy no matter what Pittsburgh team does it. They beat a team from Philadelphia. They did it in somewhat thrilling fashion today scoring six runs in the seventh inning, started by a Pedro Alvarez home run. It was pretty special to watch and this time Alvarez went to the right centerfield gap for this one.
Jeff Karstens had a pretty decent start, going 6+ innings, although he did yield five runs, all earned, in 86 pitches. Karstens gave up three runs in the third inning. All in all I will take the start, Karstens has been the steadiest of all of our starters.
It is the holidays so I am going to keep this short and sweet, but as good as winning three out of four from the Phillies is, would be the way that they won the game. The youngsters were right in the middle of the offensive explosion. Tabata and Alvarez both had two hits each and Neil Walker chipped in another as they also combined to score five runs and knock in three.
I think we are finally starting to see a little into the future with this group. Those guys are really gelling and they are coming through in big times. The past few opportunities they had, they have come through, with all the young guys right in the middle of it.
You want to know what else was awesome? The Pirates Parrot. You know what he is awesome? This:
If you are unfamiliar as to why this is funny then you need to read [this].
Nothing like mocking Philadelphia.
A lot more can be said, but the Pirates are winners of five of their last seven. I like that.
Everyone have a happy and safe fourth.