If the Pirates have an everyday lineup, this is it.
- Another little statistical tidbit uncovered by Elias Sports Bureau: Before Tony Watson did it last night, the last Pirate pitcher to strike out three consecutive pinch hitters was Goose Gossage vs. Padres on 6/22/77.
- The Buccos have won eight of their last nine games and have gone 9-3 in their last 12. During Clint Hurdle’s tenure with Pittsburgh, the Pirates have not had a losing record in May, June or July as the team has combined to post a 202-147 record and a .579 winning percentage over those three months.
- Why a night game? Because Petco Park is the finish for a local marathon race, and will host a concert afterward. Then come the Bucs and Padres. Hope it's not a jam band!
- BTW, Brock Holt is still keepin' on at Boston. The super-utility guy has started 29 games and has a slash of .286/.370/.410.