Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Pirates Game 65 Recap - Pirates 12, Giants 8

-You can win a baseball games in a number of different ways. For much of this season the Pirates went with the good pitching route and got just enough offense to win games. Now that hasn't been true for all the wins but for a vast majority of the season that is how the script has gone. That was not the case today. The Pirates offense blew up for the second consecutive day and while the pitching wasn't great it was good enough and the Pirates won the series off the Giants with still one more game to play.

-Francisco Liriano came into the game after pitching really well in all of his starts this season but tonight was not one of the good ones. He was able to go six innings (don't ask me how because I have no idea how he did it) but he really didn't have good stuff. The Giants were able to hit him around and got seven hits and had three more base runners thanks to some walks but Liriano was able to use the double play and some timely pitches to limit the damage to only four runs. I know that sounds weird but the way the offense was going he didn't have to have his great stuff, he just needed to be good enough, and he was. He only had two strikeouts on the night which is a little weird for him but it is what it is. He didn't have any of his best stuff but was still able to give the Pirates six innings. It can be better but it could have been a lot worse.

-The offense tried its hardest to get all the hits. They finished the game with 18 hits (!!!!) and scored 11 runs. It was the third time this season they have scored double digit runs and the first time they have since a May 11 win over the Mets when they put 11 up.

-Starling Marte had an alright day. He had his first four hit game of his career and went 4-for-5 with four singles, four runs scored, and two stolen bases. None of his hits were "must see" at bats but he looked really locked in at the plate. He was in a slump for pretty much the entire month of May and for some of June but he has looked really good this week and hopefully this means that he is going to be going on a hot streak.

-The top four hitters in the Pirates lineup went 13-for-19 with seven runs scored. Jordy Mercer, Andrew McCutchen, and Gaby Sanchez all had three hit nights and there was really no getting these guys out. They pretty much did whatever they wanted to at the plate and there was nothing the Giants could do about it. McCutchen stole a base and doubled while driving in three runs and Sanchez also doubled once and drove in one.

-The only position player that started the game who didn't register a hit was Brandon Inge. Inge was playing in right field and truth be told there is really no reason he should be on the team anymore. I know why he played was so he could get at bats because he IS on the team but he should probably be cut as soon as possible. He brings nothing to the table.

-Neil Walker went deep (after a review) and Alex Presley had a pinch hit home run in the sixth inning for the Pirates. Walker drove in three runs. There really wasn't much to complain about offensively.

-While Liriano wasn't at his best neither was the bullpen. Justin Wilson and Tony Watson each pitched an inning after Liriano left and both of them gave up a pair of runs and they combined to give up seven hits. Just not good for the pitchers as a whole. A little weird to see Wilson got out there and get hit around again for a second straight outing. In his last outing against the Cubs on Sunday he was whacked around for three runs on four hits in only 1.1 innings of work. He has been really good all season so I am not overly worried about this but it would be nice to see him come out and dominate one time.

-Just one of those games. Nice the offense was able to pick up the bill. They scored in all but two innings tonight and overall there was only one inning in the game where neither team scored a run (excluding the ninth since the Pirates obviously didn't bat). The offense came out and the Pirates was just better. I like that.

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