|Lordy, lordy Jordy (photo Pittsburgh Pirates)|
The Pirates had a quick seventh. Huddy got an out, then a double/single combo put Phils on the corners. It was El Coffee to the rescue. He snagged a fly to right, gunned the ball home to catch a tagging Daniel Nava and put another zippo up. Luis Garcia gave up a one-out walk & wild pitch in the eighth. After another out, Amore walked and Jordy drilled a single to left to load 'em up, but pinch-hitter Fraze left them floating on the pond. Juan Nicasio climbed the slope and climbed back down with his job done after just seven pitches. With J-Hay on second and two outs in the ninth, lefty Hoby Milner came on to turn J-Bell around and won when Josh's liner was gloved. Felipe Rivero took the ball and gave up a single and wild pitch (which looked a lot like a Cervy whiff), but celebrated his 26th birthday in style by otherwise striking out the side for his fifth save.
|Happy Birthday, Felipe! (photo Pittsburgh Pirates)|
- Freeser had a knock & two walks, Jordy had two hits, and Cervy drew a pair of free passes as the Bucs scattered their eight hits throughout the lineup.
- Jordy Mercer isn't a noted speedster, but he has the team lead in triples now with four; he entered the season with five career three-baggers. Second in triples is another pair of not-so-fleet-of-foot guys, J-Bell and Jose Osuna, with three. Five other Buccos claim a pair, including Stew. Speed is nice; smart base running still often trumps it.
- Starling smacked a three-run homer in his rehab stint at Indy. He had a good night, with a single and walk too.