Heh, it all worked out and the Pittsburgh Pirates will look for a sweep today against the Detroit Tigers. The game seemed pretty wild although we are guessing as it seems the only way to have seen it was to be at PNC Park.
Joe Beimel caused the 37,000 fans some grief before Joel Hanrahan slammed the door on the Tigers serious attempt to steal a victory in the ninth inning last night.
The Pirates closer is a perfect 13-for-13 in save situations by getting Ryan Raburn to whiff and ending Austin Jacksons hitting streak with a game ending double play.
Jose Veras tossed a scoreless eighth inning. He got the Bucs out of a serious jam in the top of the seventh and was ‘rewarded’ by getting sent to the plate for the first time in a major league game.
The Pirates had a one run lead in the seventh inning and Veras was given specific instructions. Don’t swing.
Guess what? It worked.
Four pitches later Jose Veras had become an on base machine. Little could anyone guess, but the reliever would spark a Pirates rally.
Andrew McCutchen and Jose Tabata would belt back to back singles to load the bags for Matt Diaz.
Remember we talked the other day about how Diaz is sucking against lefties so far? Diaz drilled a two-run single off Daniel Schlereth. It was the sixth hit Diaz has had in 35 ABs against southpaws.
Another wild play happened after Hometown bobblehead honoree Neil Walker flewout which allowed Tabata to tag and move to third.
Lyle Overbay struck out and Diaz broke for second base. Caveman got himself in a serious rundown that we believe was scored a 2-6-3-4-6-3, but Tabata scored without a throw from the Tigers which seemed mighty foolish.
When the dust settled and Clint Hurdle finished arguing that Diaz was interfered with the Bucs had given Veras a four-run lead. Veras pitched a scoreless eighth inning before giving way to Beimel in the ninth.
Getting to Mad Max in the sixth was big.
I was going to fake a rapture for a few days, but gave up the idea. I would miss everyone on here too much.
Why this game wasn’t able to be seen really pisses me off.
Hearing the parking alerts from Greg Brown before the game was interesting—I can’t recall that happening outside of opening day in a long time.