|Starling Marte hit a rocket (Topps 2013 Foil series)|
The bullpen got zips from Jared Hughes and Tony Watson to carry the team into the ninth. Antonio Bastardo surrendered a run to set up a save situation, and Mark Melancon came on to toss one 88 MPH cutter to Jonathan Lucroy, who popped it foul into right and into El Coffee's mitt to give the Shark his first cherry-picked save.
The only glaring question mark was Jung-Ho Kang. Sean Rodriguez got the start at 2B on a scheduled off day for The Kid. Then Walker was called on to pinch hit in the eighth and played second in the ninth. Either spot looked custom made for Kang, and that makes us wonder what his status is. If he's not hurt and the team has that little confidence in him, maybe a spin playing everyday at Indy would get him up to speed.
Jeff Locke and Kyle Lohse match up in tonight's game.
- El Coffee broke an 0 for 11 streak in a big way, collecting three hits last night. The struggling Starling also chipped in with a pair of hits.
- The Bucs ended a 22 inning shutout skein when Cutch's third inning bouncer plated Fran Cervelli. It was also Andrew's 242nd PNC Park RBI, as he overtook Jay Bay for the most productive batter in the ball yard's history.
- The Pirate walk drought ended at 44 innings when Pedro was given an intentional pass in the sixth. He also drew the last Pirate walk, way back in fifth inning Saturday at Milwaukee. Andrew Lambo worked a conventional, five pitch walk in the seventh.
- Plate umpire Chris Guccione rang up Brewer Khris Davis in the eighth - on strike two! Davis got to return to the box after the Guccione's new math was corrected, then whiffed for real. Davis still had a big day, collecting three knocks.
- The Pirates drew 25,664 fans to the game.