Oh baby. It is really hard to put into words what this game was all about. It was sloppy and really hard to watch at times but all the Pirates did was come back from an early 5-1 deficit and then stun the Angels scoring three runs in the ninth inning to tie the game then scoring four more in the tenth inning.
Honestly I am pretty geeked up about this game. I usually write a few paragraphs about the game in my recaps but I am just going to keep it short and sweet today:
-Pedro Alvarez went deep for the fourth straight game in the first inning. He is just on an unreal tear right now. He has 19 home runs and now leads the team in OPS. Yes, Alvarez leads the entire Pirates team in OPS. Granted, there are better stats than OPS but I think that says a lot about how far he has come.
-Charlie Morton didn't have his best stuff today. He didn't get good defense behind him but he did walked five guys and only made it through 5.2 innings with 99 pitches. His stuff was actually really good at times but any time you walk five hitters you aren't setting yourself up to be successful. The defense didn't help and some of the balls hit found holes.
-The defense was bad, especially early. Like, real bad. They were only charged with three errors but they made a ton of mistakes that didn't really help out Morton. The defense has actually been good all season so games like this are going to happen. Luckily they were able to pick up the W.
-Jason Grilli didn't have his best stuff today. With the Pirates up 10-6 in the bottom of the 10th inning Grilli gave up three runs on five hits and had runners on second and third with Mike Trout up with two outs. This was probably the biggest AB of the season so far. OK, maybe it wasn't but at the time it felt like it. Grilli got the strikeout. Nice.
-Tony Sanchez made his major league debut today. His first at bat he laced a double to right field. I have been pretty bullish on Sanchez over the last few years but I am hoping he can prove me wrong going forward. I doubt he is up past this next series with Seattle but it is good to see that he was able to get a big hit in his first chance.
-Duke Welker also made his major league debut. He pitched a perfect inning and notched a strikeout. Good on him.
-The Pirates picked up 13 hits. Alvarez, Starling Marte, Gaby Sanchez, Russell Martin, and Neil Walker all had two hits.
The Pirates get a day off tomorrow before taking on Seattle for a strange two game series. Pirates are now 46-30. Soak this all in guys, it's fun.