The Pittsburgh Pirates offense did just enough to get the 3-2 victory over the New York Mets–the rest was left up to the Bucs defense and a lights out performance from the relievers.
A huge ‘error’ by Mets 3B Daniel Murphy in the bottom of the third was all it would take for the Bucs. Andrew McCutchen ripped a ball that took a carom off Murphy and allowed the Bucs to take a 3-1 lead.
Pirates starter James McDonald pitched in trouble for most of the game and was lifted before his pitch count got into the 90s. The defense played well behind McDonald including a great grab by shortstop Brandon Wood and a timely double play off the bat of Mets starter R.A. Dickey.
The defense was was a big key in the victory as the Pirates offense still couldn’t solve the knuckleballer Dickey. Dickey was once again difficult for a Bucs offense that scratched out eight hits.
McDonald fought hard for six innings and allowed eight hits, walked three, gave up two runs, and the defense kept the Bucs in the game. It set the stage for some impressive work by the Pirates bullpen.
Recently recalled Tim Wood pitched a scoreless seventh inning and popped the gun in the mid-90s.
Jose Veras fist pumped profusely after locking up Joggin Ronny Paulino in the eighth inning stranding Mets on second and third.
Joel Hanrahan was absolutely filthy in the ninth. When Hanranator gets the first strike on the bad guys, it’s game over. He was able to locate his fastball and made quick work of the Mets in front of the third largest crowd in PNC Park history.
These Saturday sellouts are a lot of fun with victories over the Tigers, Phillies and Mets. Hit it Huey.
Wood had a strong seventh inning. I like his stuff. He has a swing and miss slider.— Hurdle.
Hanrahan was the exclamation point again for us.— Hurdle
Don’t know how you feel, but Wyatt Toregas is going to be just fine. Write it down. As we told you earlier, this guy is a nice receiver. There is no reason to give up anything the team doesn’t feel comfortable doing just to grab someone’s ‘pro’ catcher. Screw that.
Jose Tabata had two more hits last night. He is on fire in June. We saw him holding onto his hand during his last at-bat, let’s trust that isn’t serious.
Andrew McCutchen typically vanishes for a while in June, it doesn’t appear that’s happening this year. It was cool to see him comeback against Dickey–who made him look silly the last time he faced the knuckleballer. He now has a ten game hitting streak during which is ripping at a .474 clip. Bad things man. Bad things.