Monday, July 5, 2010

Now This Is Encouraging. Bucs WIN


The Pirates score more than 6 runs against a team not named the Dodgers, Brewers, or Cubs?  A team that is the defending National League champion?  Coming back from down 5-2 to do it?  Yes, please.

Pedro smacked another dinger out, his second in as many days, and also has 2 multi-hit days in a row (2 for 4), bringing his hitting streak up to 7 days, and his average above .200.  Every spot in the order had a hit except Ronny Cedeno and Andrew McCutchen, who continues to struggle at the plate and his average has now dropped below .300.  Delwyn Young hit a key 2 RBI double that tied the game and set the stage for Jose Tabata's game-winning RBI single.

Starting pitcher Jeff Karstens didn't exactly have a great game, giving up 9 hits, 5 runs (including 1 homer), and only struck out 2, but the hitting was behind  him. In addition, the bullpen was nearly perfect, allowing only one base runner after Neil Walker messed up a routine ground ball.  But no harm was done, as the next batter grounded out and Rollins, the baserunner, was caught in a rundown between 1st and 2nd for the inning ending double play.

A very encouraging win, and with it, the Pirates take the series win instead of a tie, and they take the season series against the Phillies 4-2.

Now it's time to take it to the Astros, who last time killed the Pirates in a series sweep that was pretty much the death knell for the 2010 Pittsburgh Pirates season.  We want revenge.

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