|J-Hay had the big blow (photo Dave Arrigo/Pirates)|
The Brew Crew collected a two-out rap in the fifth while Guerra kept cruising. It was a clean sixth for Ivan thanks to a DP ball. The Bucs lit the board on a Cervy long ball. Starling drew a four-pitch walk (!) with two outs, then J-Hay got ahead 3-0. He took a strike, then oppo taco'ed a fastball and suddenly it was a tie game. Oliver Drake took the ball and walked Cutch. J-Bell singled and Freeser, who's had a lot of two-out chances lately, came thru with a RBI single before El Coffee's at 'em ball to third. AJ Schugel climbed the slope in the seventh with a two-out infield knock the only dent in his armor. Carlos Torres took the bump and was greeted by a Cervy single. He moved up with a J-Hay-style bit of running, dodging a tag on a grounder to second to avoid a DP (tho it took a challenge to get the call right).
Huddy got the eighth inning call against the 4-5-6 hitters. He caught a call (nice frame job by Amore) to get Shaw looking, getting him and Craig Counsell booted by the ump. Two grounders ended the frame, one a comebacker and the last out a nice play at both ends by Jordy and J-Bell. The Bucs went down in order with a couple of bullets that found leather, so Felipe Rivero's ninth-inning act was sans a safety net. After a K, an infield single off Felipe's glove (he prob should have let it go) was followed by a knock. No sweat; hard to mishandle a pair of swinging K's.
|AJ Schugel - how ya gonna keep him down on the farm? (photo Pittsburgh Pirates)|
Well, the Bucs stay as hot as the July summer. Each team had an inning, and the Pirates was a two-out rally larger. Good job by the pen; AJ and Huddy had to handle the top and middle of the order and were more than equal to the task. So now the Buccos have won 9-of-11 and trail the Brewers by five games; who'd of thunk it after that disastrous Giants series? And it was kinda nice to see the Three Amigos back in action tonight. It might be a tad late, but it's still nice to see the boys coming together.
- Cervy had two hits; Starling had a knock and a walk as the Pirates were outhit 11-6.
- Juan Nicasio tossed 42 pitches over the last two nights; that's why Huddy got the eighth inning nod tonight.
- It was made official late this afternoon: Phil Gosselin was optioned back to Indy to clear a spot for Starling. There was no need for a 40-man move; the Pirates FO saved slots for Starling and Jung-Ho (although lookin' like that one may be vacant for quite awhile).
- Ever hear of owning a guy? Travis Shaw is 10-for-13 lifetime against Nova after going 3-for-3 against him tonight.
- Brewer C Stephen Vogt has been placed on the 10-day DL with a sprained left knee suffered in a mash up at home with Chad Kuhl last night. He's expected to miss a month.