Pretty typical Pirates tonight. Get out to a lead and get a really good start from from their starting pitcher only to have the bullpen give it up. The difference tonight is that the Pirates got a massive pinch hit three run home run from Ike Davis and that is all she wrote.
This ball was CRUSHED to right center and nearly left the yard. Exactly what the Pirates needed after just blowing the game the prior inning. A loss tonight would have been brutal and facing Adam Wainwright tomorrow you can easily see getting swept after a good series in Milwaukee. Now the Pirates have a chance to win the series tomorrow. Great, great win.
Gerrit Cole had it going on tonight. He only went 6+ innings thanks to a high pitch count but allowed only three hits and two runs while striking out nine. He did throw 108 pitches but looked strong as he hit 99 multiple times in the sixth inning when he was well over 90 pitches and had his secondary pitches working. Getting the 2013 Cole would be huge for the Pirates down the stretch and so far since coming off the DL things have gone pretty well.
Everything came up roses in the end but Andrew McCutchen needed to leave the game in the fifth inning with rib discomfort and then Pedro Alvarez left after the sixth inning with foot discomfort so it will be interesting to see what happens. The Pirates have the day off on Thursday and since tomorrow is a day game it wouldn't be overly shocking to see both of them out of the lineup for multiple days off.
Tony Watson has been largely mediocre since the break and surprisingly worked two innings tonight. He was brought in after Cole gave up back-to-back hits to start the seventh inning and gave up both of those runs to tie the game. He worked a scoreless eighth before Mark Melancon got the save. Things have just been flat awful for the Pirates. They have cost them multiple games and there really isn't anyone in the pen right now who I would feel comfortable with in a high leverage situation. Bad times.
Who cares, the Pirates won. woooooo