This game was a little weird. At first it was much like the game on Tuesday night where the Pirates just didn't have it. The Phillies scored the first run of the game on a Ben Revere single that scored Dom Brown and it sort of make you feel like that might be enough. Enter John Lannon.
The Pirates smoked Lannan and finally broke out in the fifth inning when Russell Martin singled home Andrew McCutchen and then Pedro Alvarez hit an absolute bomb to right center for the lead and what would turn out to be a win.
The Pirates offense finally got into a little groove as they ended the game with 13 hits and beat up on Lannan for 11 hits and four runs in only five innings of work. That is exactly what they should do to guys like Lannon. The Pirates haven't been very good against lefties this season but again, Lannan isn't very good.
Jeff Locke earned his eighth win of the season as he threw 5.2 innings where he gave up seven hits and walked three while giving up three runs (two earned). With the Pirates leading by one after the early exit by Locke the pen was able to finish the game off as Justin Wilson, Jeanmar Gomez, Mark Melancon, and Jason Grilli finished the deal. Grilli did give up a two run shot to Brown but with the Pirates holding a three run lead it was mostly meaningless.
The Pirates overcame a loss on Tuesday and got back to 21 games over and still hold a two game lead over the Cardinals. Get a win today and it is a series win which is what is important now.