Thanks to some work activities I have going on I was not able to watch any of the game tonight but man, from what I saw on the live stats on my phone (that I checked every three minutes) the Pirates won a really good baseball game tonight. These are some good times to be a Pirates fan and if you are one of those people that won't take this team seriously or won't pay attention till they are playing well in August you are missing some really good times right now.
I am not going to lie to you guys, when Jeanmar Gomez was brought into the rotation I thought it was gonna be pretty bad. I was dead wrong. I don't know how he does it but tonight he went up against a really, really good Tigers lineup and held them to only three hits over seven innings where he threw only 73 pitches. Just let that sink in, he threw just a touch over ten pitches per inning. That is just freakin ridiculous. Like I said, I don't know how he does it but I am not complaining and hopes he keeps proving me wrong.
The Pirates offense hasn't always been great, but it was enough tonight. It would have been a shame to have Gomez go out there and pitch his ass off to be followed by two great innings from Justin Wilson and another stud performance by Mark Melancon only to come away with no runs and a loss. Thankfully Neil Walker capped off a three hit night with a bomb to right field. Oh baby.
Seriously though, how about Jason Grilli? The Piratse got him for nothing when the Phillies didn't want him anywhere near their bullpen and all he does is come to Pittsburgh and pitch his balls off for two years then becomes a shutdown closer. Tonight he came into the game and had to face Torii Hunter, Miguel Cabrera, and Prince Fielder and all he did was record his 21 save in 21 chances and struck out all three hitters. He isn't going to have to go through a middle of the lineup like that many times this season but he did tonight and just flat dominated.
Great win for the Pirates. They will finish up this four game home-and-home series over the next two nights in Pittsburgh. What a win.