I am officially all-in on Vance Worley. Probably not a great idea but I don't care, this dude has just been money since coming into the rotation. Sure it has only been a few starts but tonight he was good again going seven innings, giving up seven hits, one run, and walked only two. He threw 70 of his 100 pitches for strikes and while he doesn't have overpowering stuff he is able to spot it where he wanted and the Mets couldn't do anything.
The Pirates offense got off to a slow start but finished with eight hits including three hits from Pedro Alvarez and two more from Gregory Polanco. Polanco drove in four runs including a mister three run blast to extend the Pirates lead in the fifth inning. The crazy thing about Polanco is that he can bomb a home run like that and then in his next at bat he can take a pitch on the outer half and send it to the left side of the infield for a base hit. This kid is the real deal and once he starts to figure things out he's going to be scary good. He's just getting his feet wet and that is pretty awesome as a Pirates fan.
All told this was a pretty simple Pirates win. They got out to a 5-1 lead and didn't let the Mets have too many chances. When the Mets did have a chance the Pirates shut them down. Josh Harrison was playing left field tonight (no idea why) and had an outfield assist throwing out Bobby Abreu at home and then got a pair of double plays. The Pirates defense hasn't been overly good all year but recently they have been playing some good ball and it absolutely helped them out today.
It wouldn't be a Pirates game without a mind numbing managerial decisions from Clint Hurdle. I mean holy hell was this one a doozy tonight. With runners on first and second and no outs Harrison, who was hitting second, was asked to bunt. With one out Andrew McCutchen was intentionally walked and then Neil Walker hit into an inning-ending double play. So, lets recap. Not only did the Pirates give away an out with their two hitter but they allowed their best hitter, and one of the best hitters in all of baseball, not swing the bat. Coming into the game tonight Harrison was hitting .310/.358/.460 in June and McCutchen was hitting .351/.413/.713 in June. Neither of them got the chance to swing the bat. How on Earth was this a good idea. I literally am speechless as to why Hurdle thought this was a good idea. Taking the bat out of your two best hitters of the month AND giving up an out. Why in the hell? I can't even do this anymore.
I didn't want to end this on a down note the Pirates played a nice game and took the first game of the four game set. All the Pirates need to do is keep winning series' and they took a step in the right direction tonight.