Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Pirates Game 58 Recap - Pirates 4, Padres 1

For consecutive nights the Pirates knocked out the Padres starting pitcher before they could reach four innings pitched. The Pirates weren't able to tack on a ton of runs off the Padres bullpen but what they got off starter Jesse Hahn was a pair of two run home runs and Gerrit Cole and the bullpen shut things down.

Hahn was called up in a spot start roll last night. He was pitching in AA so that kinda gave you an idea that the Pirates might be able to get some runs off him. It didn't start that way as he got through the first inning pretty easily but then gave up a two run opposite field bomb to Neil Walker and a line drive home run to Pedro Alvarez in the second and third inning. The ball by Alvarez left the field in about a half of a second.

The Walker home run was pretty awesome. It wasn't really a bad pitch by Hahn at all but Walker was able to go get it down and away and make him pay.

Walker isn't a big opposite field guy so when he is able to go down and get a pretty good pitch and lift it out of the ballpark then good things are happening.

Interesting fact about Hahn and giving up home runs though:

Welcome to the big leagues, kid.

Cole was pretty good but threw way too many pitches. He got squeezed a good bit in the first two innings and had to be lifted after 5.2 with 100 pitches. It really wasn't all that bad for Cole as he struck out six and walked two while giving up one run on four hits. His stuff was pretty good last night and averaged 96 with his fastball while possessing a pretty good curveball that made some of the Padre hitters look downright foolish. Obviously the win is important and the Pirates have been getting some good bullpen work recently but if the starters could go seven innings that would be huge.

Don't look now but the Pirates are 28-30 and only two games out of the final wildcard spot. It is still way too early to be talking about this stuff since the calendar just turned June but it is good to see the Pirates putting together some good baseball games and stringing together some wins.

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