The Pittsburgh Pirates are much more than the highly likeable Clint Hurdle quotes like the one before the season when he said the Pirates would adopt a Wolfpack Mentality.
It’s one thing for Hurdle to say cool quotes in an aww shucks style to the beat writers after the game. It’s another thing when the Pirates back up their skipper. Especially on foreign soil. The Pirates won their fifth road series in San Diego with some solid performance from role players who seem to have taken the whole wolpack thing to heart.
The Pirates good effort was spread all over a bench player ridden lineup last night, but what impressed me the most was watching Kevin Correia. He wasn’t dazzling, just deathly efficient.
Did you happen to see the right hander charge off the mound to glove a grounder near first base and apply the tag to Patterson? It wasn’t a very pretty play, but perhaps the effort was what caught my attention. Correia doesn’t have the overpowering stuff of pitcher with five wins on the year. But the one thing the soft spoken Correia seems to have is a massive desire to win. Gotta love that.
The Pirates offense came up big in the third inning right around the time Clayton Richard was throwing his 70th pitch. The count was full and the bases were drunk with Pirates. Ryan Doumit destroyed a baseball into the seats of PETCO Park.
The Bucs scored seven runs on three hits in the third. One run was earned. Yeh, the Padres defined ugly in this game.
Rashard Mendenhall feels the ninth inning performance by Jose Veras was simply an excuse to show Bob Nutting on camera.
The Bucs are off today before the Houston Astros roll into PNC Park.