Final: Pirates 5, Orioles 4
WP: Kevin Correia (9-6)
LP: Zach Britton (6-5)
SV: Joel Hanrahan (20)
When you put it in play, good things happen. That’s how the Bucs, ultimately, won today’s rubber match with the Orioles.
In the bottom of the 5th inning, Brandon Wood and Mike McKenry led off with back to back singles. Kevin Correia would bunt them over to 2nd and 3rd. Jose Tabata would be unable to plate a run as he struck out. Then Josh Harrison stepped and hit a sharp ground ball right at Orioles’ second baseman Blake Davis, who was making his Major League debut. The ball ricochet off Davis into shallow right field. Wood and McKenry would score and the Pirates would take the lead. A lead they would hold. Welcome to the big leagues, Blake.
Kevin Correia was pretty shaky as he allowed all 4 runs over 6 innings of work on 9 hits and a walk. He struck out 5. The Pirates’ bullpen, once again, would hold the Orioles scoreless for 4 innings thanks to work from Chris Resop, Jose Veras, and Joel Hanrahan. In all seriousness, Hanrahan deserves an All-Star bid. The guy is 20 for 20 in save opportunities now and is establishing himself as one of the premier closers in the game. In his last 13 appearances, he has allowed a hit in 1 of them. His season ERA is now 1.31 and his WHIP is a minuscule 0.96.
Andrew McCutchen followed up his great performance yesterday with a 2-hit day, including an RBI single in the 1st and a leadoff double in the 4th.
The Bucs are off tomorrow before hosting the Boston Red Sox this morning, in what I’m sure will be 3 heavily attended games with great atmospheres. Boy, would it be nice to win that series.