The Pirates man. The Pirates. After a 4-3 grind it out win over the Marlins tonight the Pirates are 12 games over .500 through 92 games. A great tidbit from David Manel of Bucs Dugout after the game:
The Pirates are 32-16 (.667) since May 23.— David Manel (@DavidManel) July 21, 2012
Yea, that is just a little more than a hot streak. That is over half the season. It feels good. I don't know why I am so pumped tonight but the Pirates just got it done again tonight with Kevin Correia on the bump. I don't even cares.
I wasn't able to watch the game today due to having to dog sit for my boss but I was able to watch game cast on MLB.com and check in whenever I could when they offer it for free plus I am always on twitter so I got a pretty good gist of the game and it seemed to be a great one run victory for the home team.
Correia got in trouble in the first inning and gave up a couple of runs and gave up a ton of hits but the total floodgates never broke and they were able to get the win. Correia gave up a bomb on the second pitch of the game and another one and gave up another run in the fourth but the Pirates offense was able to get the job done and the bullpen came in and was part good and lucky and it all fell together.
Pedro Alvarez went deep for the third time in four games to bring the Pirates within one as he golfed a pitch out and into deep right centerfield. It didn't get out by much but it didn't need to. A little tidbit from ESPN Stats Inc. after the Alvarez home run:
Pedro Alvarez: 12 HR since June 16 are tied for most in MLB, became 1st PIT 3rd baseman with 20 HR since Aramis Ramirez in 2001 tonight— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 21, 2012
You know, Pedro should have played winter ball. /sarcasm
While Pedro got the game within one Clint Barmes singled home Rod Barajas to tie the score. One inning later Neil Walker hit an absolute missal to right field that got about eight rows back and it was a pure line drive. Great to see from Walker. While I have given Walker a hard time for not being the best hitter he sure is riding a nice hot streak and the longer the Pirates can ride him the better of they will be.
Joel Hanrahan came on for the save and while he worked himself into a tough situation he came through and dropped the hammer when he had to. With runner on first the third and only one out Hanrahan struck out Jose Reyes and Emilio Bonifacio to end the game. Hanrahan hasn't always been good this year but when all the chips were on the table tonight he got the job done. Much props for that.
Andrew McCutchen went 2-for-3. Ho hum.
Back at it tomorrow.