Thursday, May 30, 2013

Pirates Game 54 Recap - Pirates 5, Tigers 3

Again I wasn't able to watch the game as I was making a five hour car drive from Iowa to Wisconsin so I could only follow the game on my phone periodically but from what I saw and what I read on Twitter it was a wild game for the Pirates and they just keep winning. I watched the highlights as soon as I got home and I was probably just as pumped watching the highlights as I would have been watching the game live.

Neil Walker got the Pirates started with another home run, this one in the fourth inning for the first run of the game. I have been a little hard on Walker because I just don't think he is as good as some Pirates fans want him to be or think he is but when he is swinging the bat well you can see why people might think that. Over his last six games he is 11-for-25 with three home runs and five runs scored. He is just doing everything right now at the top of the lineup and it is good to see him coming through after really having a tough start to the season.

From what I saw and read A.J. Burnett was pretty good. He went six innings and gave up five hits but he walked four batters. You just can't do that. You can't walk multiple guys and for as good as Burnett has been this season he has been walking too many guys and while the offense was able to mask this problem tonight that isn't always going to be the case. All-in-all he was hurt in only one innings when Andy Dirks doubled with one out that scored Don Kelly who was walked to leadoff the inning. Dirks then scored on an opposite field home run by Miguel Cabrera. Cabrera has been really quiet this series so far so this was bound to happen. That was only his second hit of the series and for how amazing he has been thus far I will take that.

The Pirates got all they needed in the seventh inning. They had scuffled much of the day thanks to a really good outing from Anibal Sanchez but they were able to break through. With one out Garrett Jones singled and Russell Martin walked and then Pedro Alvarez doubled to left center on the first pitch he saw and then Travis Snider gave the Pirates the lead with a double to right field on the first pitch he saw. With the Tigers completely in control the Pirates flipped the switch. It ended with a squeeze play by Jordy Mercer after Snider moved to third with a wild pitch with Mercer reaching first base on a hit.

Just great stuff. The late inning magic and the Pirates went from being shut down by Sanchez to getting a win with a big inning. It isn't always going to work like this but you take wins however you can get them. This is going to be a tough stretch for the Pirates starting with the four game set against Detroit and tomorrow they are sending out Jeff Locke for the series win. Good time to be watching Pirates baseball.

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