Well if it seems like I haven’t been writing many Pirates post game thoughts that is because I haven’t been writing many, mostly due to the fact that I have been traveling a lot and some because there isn’t too much to say after Pirate games. If you watch the game then you don’t need to relive what you saw, especially last night.
Tonight was actually a whole lot different. The Pirates actually flipped the script and put a pretty good beating on the Cubs at a less than full Wrigley Field. The Pirates jumped out to a 9-0 lead in the first four innings scoring 4, 1, 2, 2 and chasing Cubs starting pitcher Ryan Dempster after only three innings, giving up seven runs on seven hits. Not a great start. Pirates rolled to a win, 14-7.
It was nice to finally get a win. They are very few and far between and with the Pirates five games “up” on the O’s before the night started this really wasn’t a huge deal if you are one of those fans who is looking for the Pirates to get the top pick.
Everyone really hit the ball hard last night. GFJ continued to play pretty well as he picked up a slew of RBI’s so hopefully he is starting to snap out of his month long slump. Every starter, sans Karstens, gather a hit so you can’t really complain about that.
Cutch had three hits tonight which I think was really big for him since he has struggled for a good while and his average dropped to around .275. He needed this badly and he really came through and had some really good AB’s.
The real story of the night were the two youngsters (two of the many at least) Jose Tabata and Neil Walker. Both have just been on a tear this season and should be starting to get some noticed for NL ROY consideration. Walker finished up with four hits and Tabata finished with three hits. They combined for six RBI (Walker-4, Tabtata-2) and just did pretty much everything right, on a night where the Pirates did nothing wrong (besides the whole Sean Gallagher fiasco in the bottom of the eighth).
If you are keeping tabs on the top of the lineup the 1-2-3 hitters had 10 of the 15 Pirate hits. Not too bad.
All in all not much more to say. The last thing I will leave with is that I hope all you haters that bashed John Russell last night and placed almost all the blame on him will step up to the plate and give him all the credit for the win tonight. I mean because managers make THAT much of a difference in a baseball game.
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