First, the lumber: Starling Marte had two hits, two walks, three RBIs, three runs scored and hit his 11th homer. Fran Cervelli had the second four-hit game of his career and a pair of RBI. Neil Walker hit a three-run shot to start the attack. Gregory Polanco had two knocks, as did Cutch. Together, they scored three times and drove home a run. In all, the Pirates blooped and blasted 14 hits while still managing to draw five walks. Every starter reached base (although Kang & Charlie had to take walks to get to first).
|Smokin' Hot Fran Cervelli (photo: Corey Sipkin/NY Daily News)|
Finally, the pitching: Antonio Bastardo tossed a clean sixth as he tries to escape the doghouse. Arquimedes Caminero allowed a run in the seventh in between striking out the side. Tony Watson had a rare off night, surrendering two runs (one earned) on two hits and a walk, lasting just two-thirds of an inning. He was rescued by Jared Hughes, who came in to get the last out. Mark the Shark threw away a tailor made game-ending double-play ball in the ninth (and yes, his miscue cost the Bucs another unearned run), but got another one later in the frame to notch his 17th save.
- Gregory Polanco has a nine game hitting streak, Neil Walker's working on an eight gamer, and Starling Marte snapped an 0-for-21 snap last night.
- The Braves have lost three in a row despite scoring 22 runs.
- The Pirates last 15 wins have all been credited to the starting pitcher. Jared Hughes was the last reliever to earn a W back on May 10th.
- After 54 games, the 1/3 mark of the year, the Bucs are 30-24, on track for a 90-72 record, a .556 win %.