You know those once in a lifetime experiences that you experience either in person or live on TV and you say to people the next day at work that you watched that? That is kinda what like tonight was for Pirates fans, only on a much smaller scale. Something that is very hard for the Pirates to do, win road games, is exactly what they did in Denver with a 4-2 win.
Neil Walker led the offensive charge with three hits, including an insurance home run late in the game after having a dreadful last couple of games. Statistics are pointing to Walker having a fall in his batting average in the near future, but for now he is at .310 and looking good at the top of the Pirates lineup. Matt over at PLC gives us a good explaination of Walker's statistics.
Andrew McCutchen was a beast tonight in the field. He was all over the place and made at least three great catches in the field tonight which probably saved the game for the Pirates more than any at bat that any Pirate player had.
Zach Duke pitched very well. He gave up back-to-back home runs in the fifth inning, but scattered only three hits through his six innings pitched. He gave the Pirates a chance to win and the offense came through for him. That is all you can ask for is a chance to win and Zach gave the team that chance. Big ups for that.
The Pirates were not particularly good hitting tonight outside of Walker. The Pirates had only eight hits and Walker had three of them. You do the math. The Buccos also managed to strike out eight times. Seven of those times were in like the first five innings. Imagine what Jimenez is going to do to us on Thursday. Damn.
I will take it though, it was the Pirates 12th road win on the season. You take em when you can get em. Whatever.
Big win. I also get to play my favorite song in the Live Blog when the Pirates win.