What a fun game to watch. In honor of John Wehner’s birthday, the Pirates pounded out nineteen hits and scored 14 runs. Kevin Correia’s start wasn’t great, but it was all the Buccos needed.
The scoring started early with a 1st inning 2-run single from Neil Walker. Andrew McCutchen was just a triple short of the cycle as he went 4 for 5 with a walk, a double, a homerun, 3 RBIs, and 4 runs scored. He said he’s seeing the ball well and hopes it continues. As long as he keeps getting pitches to hit, he’s shown that he will keep hitting them. Every Pirates starter except 2 of them had at least 1 hit tonight. Clint Barmes, Alex Presley, and Garrett Jones homered as well. Presley’s homer was the first pinch-hit homer of his career. Pedro Alvarez only had 1 hit, a 3-run double, and still managed to drive in 4 runs. “This is one game, but I do like the way our offense is throwing some punches back in the month of June,” Clint Hurdle said after the game.
Kevin Correia pitched 5 innings tonight and gave up 5 runs on 6 hits, including an Allen Craig 3-run homerun. Correia walked 2 and struck out 3. “He competes,” Clint Hurdle said. “Sometimes it’s kind of funny how games work out and pitchers get wins, but there was no doubt he came out to compete.” Lincoln came on to pitch in the 6th inning and pitched 3 innings, giving up just 1 hit, walking none, and striking out 4. He showed once again that he does an incredible job out of the bullpen. “It’s always nice to go out there and succeed. You feed off of each outing,” Lincoln said after the game. “Every good outing gets your confidence up.” Resop pitched a perfect 9th to finish off the win.
The Pirates cushioned their lead over St. Louis with the win. The Reds are still playing in San Francisco, currently winning 3-0.
The key to the Pirates’ rally? According to Andrew McCutchen, the Buccos “just believed in each other, said, ‘we can do it, it’s still early.'”
Rod Barajas was hitless in his first game back, but he hit a couple balls well to left, just not quite far enough. Some outside fastballs seemed to fool him as well. Tomorrow’s game should be better, now that he’s gotten used to being in a game again. He’s said that catching is more important to him than hitting anyway, and he of course deserves some of the credit for Lincoln’s and Resop’s stellar outings.
Tomorrow’s game is at 2:15. Jeff Karstens will look for his 1st win of the season against Lance Lynn. Make sure to read Rich’s preview on that in the morning. No really, read it. He puts so much work into those.
The Pirates now lead the National League in runs scored for the month of June. “We’re going to close the book on the month of June and see what July brings,” Hurdle said after the game. Still another day left to June, but you get the point.