Final: Pirates 7, Astros 3
WP: Charlie Morton (7-3)
LP: Enerio Del Rosario (0-1)
SV: Joel Hanrahan (19)
This one took forever, but the Bucs won it at last. The win propelled them to 34-33 on the year, putting them above .500 this late in the season for the first time since 1999.
Charlie Morton clearly did not have his best stuff tonight, but he labored through 5 innings to keep the Pirates in the game. Daniel McCutchen would provide 3 scoreless innings out of the bullpen to essentially lock things down for the Bucs.
The Pirates scored first in the 1st inning when Neil Walker tripled in Andrew McCutchen. The Bucs would then make it 2-0 in the 3rd inning thanks to an RBI single by Walker.
The Astros would then add one run in each of the next 3 innings to take a 3-2 lead going into the 6th inning. The Bucs, however, would break things open off the Astros’ bullpen, which ranks 15th in the NL.
Garrett Jones delivered an RBI pinch hit single to tie the ball game. Andrew McCutchen would then drive in another run thanks to a poor throw by Astros’ 1st baseman Brett Wallace. And to cap things off in the 6th, Walker would add a sac fly for his 3rd RBI of the game. Xavier Paul would also add on a 2-run homer in the 7th, his first as a Pirate, for some extra insurance.
Resop came in to start the 9th inning, gave up 2 baserunners, and handed the ball over to Joel Hanrahan, who would lock things up for his 3rd save in 3 days. He will not be available to pitch tomorrow.
McCutchen extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a double in the 5th inning. His OPS now stands at a very solid .884 as he continues his MVP campaign (And he legitimately should be a candidate).
The Pirates go for the sweep tomorrow afternoon as James McDonald takes the hill