Final: Nationals 4, Pirates 3
WP: Ryan Mattheus (1-0)
LP: Tony Watson (0-1)
SV: Drew Storen (20)
Brad Lincoln couldn’t have pitched much better than he did, but the Pirates’ bullpen was unable to hold on to the small lead given to them. In Lincoln’s spot start, he went 6 innings and gave up just 2 runs.
Outside of Chase d’Arnaud, who had 2 hits, and Andrew McCutchen, who went 3 for 4, the Pirates’ offense was pretty dreadful.
However, the Pirates did have a 3-2 lead going into the 8th inning. Chris Resop was pulled after getting an out and hitting Michael Morse with a pitch. Tony Watson then came in and issued a walk. That’s when all hell broke loose. Eric Fryer threw a ball into shallow left field on a stolen base attempt by Brian Bixler, who was out by 2 steps had the throw been good. The throw allowed Bixler to come all the way around to score. Ivan Rodriguez would then later single to right field to Xavier Paul who gunned a one-hopper to the plate that was dropped by Fryer, allowing Rick Ankiel to score. It wasn’t a very good inning for Eric Fryer to say the least.
Drew Storen then came on in the 9th and closed the door to secure a split of the double header.
The Pirates will look to split the series tomorrow as Kevin Correia takes the hill against Jordan Zimmerman tomorrow at 1:35.