Pittsburgh Pirates slugger Pedro Alvarez has homered four times in his last five starts. El Toro added another homer last night as the Bucs came from behind to beat the Philadelphia Phillies 5-3. The El Toro bomb last evening was a thing of beauty. The Big Bull has a six game hitting streak and wristed an absolute bomb out of Citizens Bank Park.
It was his first homer off a lefty since September. Pedro’s Mom, Dad and sister were in town to see homer number four and watch the Bucs go three games over .500 on the season. Going back to last year, the Pirates are 21-9 when Petey hits a bomb.
El Toro’s 2013 homerun tracker.
A Pedro Alvarez home run is so damn unique. The power is what defines Alvarez. We heard so much about his potential and during this streak we are seeing just what Alvarez can do.
The first round pick out of Vanderbilt has a knack for cracking the bat with such power that it reminds us of some Pirates sluggers past. It’s a gift. This powerful gift is why he is so unique to the Pirates lineup. Nobody wearing black and yellow has the ability to change the game so quickly. A few Buccos have power, but none have Pedro Power.
Just as no two snowflakes are alike, nobody is like Pedro. That’s a rather basic statement – one we learn in grade school – but just like our grade school teacher told us, nobody controls that potential except Pedro.
We got some great help with the GIFs which were created by Davidson Teacher. [Follow him on Twitter by clicking that link.]
Here is the bigger GIF of the second homer.