The Pittsburgh Pirates blew out the defending NL Central Champions last night by a score of 9-3. It was another complete game from a Pirates starter. This time Kevin Corriea hurled the gem, allowing the only earned runs on a ninth inning two-run bomb.
Correia gave up just four hits. He allowed two walks and struck out five Reds. Correia fired 109 pitches filling up the zone with 73 strikes. He just keeps owning the Reds. I have a feeling we need to start printing the campaign posters.
In the first inning, Neil Walker, Steve Pearce-who got the start rather than the slump ridden Pedro Alvarez, and Chris Snyder had run-scoring knocks to post the Bucs to a 3-0 lead. The Bucs kept adding on to the early lead and three innings later put up a five spot.
The hot hitting Snyder and Ronny Cedeno had back-to-back singles. Corriea got the job done when he got the bunt down, despite numerous attempts by the Reds to confuse him in the box. Andrew McCutchen did the rest when he blasted a double over the head of some poor defender/clown dressed as a Reds left fielder.
Reds reliever, who is absolutely no relation to this writer, Jordan Smith came in after Wood was chased. After a strikeout of the first Bucco batter, Diaz drove in a run with a single, Hometown worked a walk, and Pearce finished off Mr. Smith. Not wanting to miss out on all of the action, Lyle Overbay ripped a double to set the Bucs out to an 8-1 lead.
By the seventh inning it was obvious the Reds were anxious to get the beat down over with, as they were swinging at first pitches with abandon. Give Correia credit, he realized it and made it count.
Obviously Ronny Cedeno was a big star in the game. Nothing new.
Ok, we’re kidding of course, but late in this game Cedeno put a serious at- bat together. If Ronny is taking his meds in Florida, don’t be the least bit shocked to see him put up 48 hours of good baseball together.
It was the third road series for the young Bucs. They have won all of them. The team that won just 17 road games is now 7-3 on the road in 2011.
Hop on the band wagon. Just watch your ankles.
So do you feel any better about dropping those games to the Rockies after the fast start they are off to this season? We sorta do.
Josh who? Josh Johnson, oh yeh, bring it.
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