Saturday, May 31, 2014

Pirates Game 54 Recap - Pirates 2, Dodgers 1

After two really bad losses to the Mets, a team that sucks, the Pirates went out West to play against a pretty damn good Dodgers team. Most, myself including, probably would have only expected maybe one win out of the series but the Pirates have come out and played some really good baseball and took the first two games, including last nights 2-1 win.

Nothing special about the game overall but the Pirates just played a good baseball game. Francisco Liriano danced around the rain drops with not his best stuff and the offense only mustered up six hits but two of the hits counted as run scoring ones and the bullpen was good enough to close up shop.

What might have been the iconic moment of the game came in the bottom of the fifth inning. The Pirates were up 2-0 and the Dodgers had the bases loaded with two outs. Chone Figgons walked to load the bases and brought up Yasiel Puig. I am not going to lie I was slightly terrified at how this inning was going to end up. Liriano got behind 2-0 with two breaking balls. Instead of going with the fastball to get a strike he threw another breaking ball and then another and then another and got Puig to pop out to second. With a 2-0 count and the sacks full that took some balls by Liriano to spin another pitch, but it worked. Huge moment in the game.

Ike Davis continues to be hot. He has been really good since he came over in the trade and is hitting .292/.380/.425 and last night he homered to give the Pirates what turned out to be the game winning run. First base was supposed to be a huge problem at the beginning of the season but between Davis and Gaby Sanchez the Pirates have been really good from that spot.

I don't think we are ever going to see the Jason Grilli that we got last year before the injury but he has bounced back pretty well. He got the save last night. When he is pitching well it gives the Pirates the opportunity to really lock down the backend of the game again. I know this, you give me Justin Wilson, Tony Watson, Mark Melancon, and Grilli in that order and I will take my chances. Sure, Melancon gave up a run last night but he's been pretty damn good. I like those run of names a lot.

Tonight the Pirates face Hyun-Jin Ryu who is pretty good. This is the third of a four game set and a win here would be very big.

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