It has been some time since I have been on the blog for the Pirates. Turns out that a vacation back to Pittsburgh and a college roommate’s wedding will do that to your unpaid duties while you have a ton of stuff going on. Tonight I really didn’t get to watch the Pirates game until about the fifth inning and by then the Pirates had the lead and Brad Lincoln was having another decent game. Well that fell apart quickly but everything turned out [surprisingly] good. By good I mean a win. Woo.
Of all the players in the Pirates organization that you would have pegged to come through with the game winning hit tonight with the bases loaded who would you pick? Cutch? Presley? Walker? No, no and no. Pedro Ciriaco. Yes, he is still on the team and still, in fact, alive. Crazy to think huh?
Ciriaco came in on a double switch in the seventh inning and in his second at bat came up in a tie game with the bases loaded and two outs. With two strikes he took an inside pitch off of Cardinals closer Fernando Salas the put it down the right field line to score pinch runner Xavier Paul and pinch hitter Ryan Ludwich. Crazy inning.
I actually am a fan of Ciriaco. I know that he doesn't get much playing time and he is kind of the runner joke among people but I have way more faith in him at the plate than I do Chase d'Arnaud. Ciriaco has got a few hits, a big triple on Friday and a monster hit tonight. Some people might think I am crazy but if you are going to play someone other than Ronny Cedeno at short right now I would like it to be Ciriaco.
Joel Hanrahan came in and got into a bunch of trouble but was able to earn his 37th save.
Good win for the Pirates. It doesn’t mean a whole lot in the grand scheme of things but it was nice to see the guys come from behind and earn the come from behind victory against a team that is fighting for its playoff lives.
Walker had three hits while Presley, Garrett Jones and Ryan Doumit all had two hits for an offense that put 11 together.
The pen was good tonight as Jason Grilli, Tony Watson, Chris Leroux and Hanrahan combined to go 3.2 innings giving up only three hits and the long run (by Hanrahan). Nice job by that group.
Back at it again tomorrow.