|Josh got to do his happy dance last night (photo: Justin Aller/Getty Images)|
After that, it was a mail-in. Burnett went seven while Rob Scahill and Arquimedes Caminero covered the last two innings, and the Jolly Roger fluttered in the Philly breeze for a second night as the Pirates took a 7-2 decision from Philadelphia. An added benefit was the back end of the pen got a night off at long last.
The degree of difficulty will be ratcheted up today against the sad sack Phils when Cole Hamels toes the rubber against Frankie Liriano. Aaron Harang's tomorrow, so taking the first two was a pretty key piece of the series.
- Cutch continued on the road to recovery with a pair of hits and Cervelli added two doubles as they led the Pirates' attack.
- Mixed bag for Josh - after some time off, he homered, walked and stole a base. He also made his sixth error at third in 27 games/236 innings; he made just three in 72 outings playing 519 frames last year.
- Tho Arquimedes gave up a double, he was pumping hi-octane. Six of his eight pitches were timed at 100-101 while the other two were just 98 and 99.
- AJ Burnett joins Bob Walk (1988) as only Pirates pitchers to allow two earned runs or less in each of his first seven starts of a season. Not bad for a 38 year-old guy on his farewell tour.