For the first half of the game it looked like the Pirates weren't going to be able to overcome the Cubs. They fell behind 3-0 and were playing some pretty bad baseball, especially defensively. Edison Volquez didn't look very good and this had all the makings of a series loss to the Cubs. It would have really somewhat undone some of good work they had the past week but then the offense turned it on.
In the fifth inning the Pirates just went off. They scored six runs on seven hits while sending 13 men to the plate. This is the kind of thing that the Pirates should do to a guy like Jacob Turner. Last night the Pirates didn't get the offense going in time and it was partially to blame for losing that game but they stepped up in a big way.
Neil Walker had a huge day with three hits and blasted his 20th home run of the season to set a new Pirates record for home runs by a second baseman. Walker has been really good all year and while he did have the injury bug a little bit it is nice to have him playing some pretty consistent baseball and becoming a cog in the middle of the Pirates lineup.
Maybe the highlight of the game was the Pirates turning a triple play. This isn't something that happens overly often but with runners on first and second and nobody out there was a ball hit sharply to Josh Harrison who touched third and went around the horn. It wasn't even a close play at first base and was really something cool to see happen live.
The Pirates offense somewhat made up for a subpar outing from Volquez. I won't say it was a terrible outing but Volquez really flirted with disaster for a lot of the game, especially early. He got through seven innings giving up five hits and three runs but he did walk five hitters. What has been so good about Volquez this year is that he cut down on the walks. Every time he goes out there and gives up a lot of free passes you kind of worry that he is going to revert back to the guy he's been since 2009. I don't think that is going to happen now but it's just a through that goes through my head.
The Brewers already got a win today while the Braves are getting waxed by the Rangers. The Giants are also losing to the Dodgers so the Pirates will hold their 1.5 game lead on Milwaukee and now a four game lead on Atlanta. They will stay 3.5 back of St. Louis (who defeated Colorado) and are three games behind San Francisco for the top Wild Card spot. Things are still looking good with 13 games left in the season.