Final: Cardinals 9, Pirates 1
WP: Jaime Garcia (10-4)
LP: Kevin Correia (11-8)
Ok, first things first. Calm the **** down, everyone.
This was an ugly game. But jeez, this will be the first series the Pirates have lost since June 17-19. Try to find another team that can say that.
Ok, just a quick recap, because the game really did suck…
Kevin Correia was lit up, as he has shown to do so at PNC Park this year. I don’t quite understand his crazy home/away splits, and I am wondering if it is now getting to his head. At times tonight, it looked like he was just throwing the ball up there with no command of the pitch whatsoever, thus leading to all the runs he gave up.
There was one huge bright spot from the pitching staff, though, as Tony Watson pitched 3 scoreless innings and looks like he is settling in nicely to the long relief role.
Chase d’Arnaud and Matt Diaz each had 2 hits as d’Arnaud was a late entry into the lineup. Alex Presley was scratched just before the game due to a contusion on his thumb. He hasn’t received any x-rays on it yet and it doesn’t seem too serious.
Steve Pearce played in his first game since his activation from the DL. He went 1 for 4 and made a pretty impressive leaping catch in right field.
The Bucs will look to salvage game 3 of the series tomorrow afternoon as Charlie Morton takes the hill against Kyle Lohse.
Oh, and Pedro Alvarez went 2 for 4 with a homer tonight for AAA-Indianapolis. He is now hitting .350 with a .994 OPS. But apparently, he has more to work on…