|Chad pitched and hit his way to a win (photo Pittsburgh Pirates)|
The wheels fell off for Chad in the sixth. A couple of singles, a two-bagger, a wild pitch and sac fly halved the lead to 6-3. Warwick Saupold toed the slab and worked a clean frame. AJ Schugel took over for the Bucs in the seventh and in seven pitches did the same. Saupold worked a 1-2-3 inning aided by a couple of generous strike three calls. George Kontos was waved in for the eighth and spun a six-pitch zippo, helped by a nice grab by Starling. Daniel Stumpf was tagged for a knock but no points. Felipe Rivero, who was doubtful for tonight, got the ninth-inning call; never let it be said Clint passes up a save opp for his closer. But it ended well as his velo was back to normal. Two grounders and a whiff later, the Bucs raised the Jolly Roger.
Putting up a crooked number or two mixed with some solid pitching is a pretty solid recipe; now to see if they can keep up the pace on the road at Detroit, Toronto and Milwaukee. If the Pirates hang around, the Milwaukee set will start showtime with 3-1/2 straight weeks of divisional play.
|Cutch is hotter than global warming (photo Pittsburgh Pirates)|
- Cutch and Freeser had two hits tonight; Cervy had a knock and a walk.
- Felipe Rivero matched Tony Watson with his 10th save tonight, the first time in club history that the Pirates have had two left-handed pitchers earn 10 or more saves in the same season. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that's happened only three times before in MLB history: John Rocker (24) & Mike Remlinger (12) with the Braves in 2000, Mitch Williams (16) & Paul Assenmacher (10) with the Cubs in 1990, and Dave Righetti (25) & Lee Guetterman (13) with the Yankees in 1989.
- Juan Nicasio was not available tonight due to workload; Felipe Rivero's status was TBD (as events unfolded, it was determined he was ready).
- The Pirates are 56-57 on the season after winning 5-of-6.
- There were 25,112 in the yard tonight.