The Pittsburgh Pirates are rolling this week. The offense kept rolling last night with Andrew McCutchen leading the charge. Since signing his new contract, McCutchen has tore the cover off most pitches. Last night Red Sox right hander Clay Buchholz was the latest pitcher to feel the wrath.
In the first inning, Cutch ripped a single to right center field. He followed that with a blast off the jetBlue ballpark green monster. He turned so quickly….oh, how many days is it until the opener? Speaking of why the ball didn’t leave fake Fenway, well we hear it’s almost a replica of Fenway, it’s just taller–what the hell is that? Anyway, it was crushed.
Just to help our anger, the Bucs centerfielder would rip one more double off the monster before his night was over. Cutch had set the stage for the Bucs. The offense rolled out early with the top of the Bucs order.
Shairon Martis was working on off-speed and breaking pitches. He looked serviceable and pitched two scoreless innings. He gave up two bloop hits, but worked from behind in the count on several occassions. He will be interesting to watch in the minor leagues this season and moving forward.
Low lights: A bloop hit that neither Garrett Jones or second baseman Jordy Mercer could catch was embarassing in the second inning. A foul ball falling between Eric Fryer and Jake Fox near the clubhouse. Chase d’Arnaud. He’s dying.
Pitching: Chris Resop, Danimal and Tim Wood didn’t allow a run while Tony Watson might have whiplash after Papi murdered a 400′ bomb. Ryota Igarashi wasn’t sharp,…he seems small to me, but the radar gun had one of his fastballs at 94?
And finally, oh my God Doug Slaten allowed a bomb that still hasn’t landed.
Pedro Watch: Alvarez was hitless on the evening, but ripped a ball to third base that Youk made a very nice play on to get El Toro in a close play at first base. Opposite field is exciting. It’s coming.