One would have to believe the Pittsburgh Pirates saw the Arizona Diamondbacks getting their team picture taken for the postseason before the game. It’s nice to see that the Pirates seemed adamant about making certain the Snakes did not celebrate on their watch. The Diamondbacks can’t clinch against the Bucs.
Charlie Morton threw six scoreless innings and his electric stuff kept the Diamondbacks lineup off balance. Morton gave up just three hits, struckout five and walked three.
Joel Hanrahan was lights out in the ninth inning to rack up his 39th save of the season.
The Pirates got bombs – and some excellent defense – from Pedro Alvarez and Derrek Lee to lead them to victory. Hometown Neil Walker and Alex Presley each had a pair of doubles which helped snap a nasty four-game losing streak that started in L.A. and carried into the first game of the series.
It seemed that Pedro was playing free and easy after announcing he wouldn’t be playing winter ball. We learned late last night that Pedro wanted to play for Dean Treanor’s team, but a trade couldn’t be worked out to make that happen.
We look for the Bucs third baseman to be in a serious off season work-out plan regardless if he takes some meaningless swings in the Central American sunshine this winter. Watch out Bradenton.