Final: Pirates 5, Rockies 4
Clint Barmes started the game hitting .089/.128/.156. He ended it hitting .146/.196/.313. It still isn’t anything to write home about, but he was big tonight.
Kevin Correia started for the Pirates and gave up two quick runs in the 1st inning when Carlos Gonzalez hit a 2-run homer. The Pirates would answer back in the bottom of the first with an RBI ground out by Andrew McCutchen after Alex Presley led off the inning with a double. Correia would then settle down with five scoreless innings after that to keep the Pirates in striking distance.
The Pirates then took a 3-2 lead in the 7th inning when McCutchen delivered again with a 2-run double off the wall [video]. The Rockies would then answer back in the 8th when Carlos Gonzalez launched his 2nd 2-run homer of the game to give the Rockies a 4-3 lead.
Clint Barmes led off the 8th inning for the Pirates already 2 for 2 with a two doubles and a walk. With one swing, he tied things up with a solo home run to left field [video], his 2nd of the season. Casey McGehee would then single pinch-runner Nate McLouth in with the go-ahead hit [video]. Joel Hanrahan shut the door with a 1-2-3 9th for his 3rd save of the season.
Casey McGehee drew three walks. Josh Harrison has three walks in his career. And yes, I will probably continue to say that every time someone walks three times until Harrison finally draws another walk.
Jose Tabata went 2 for 4 with a stolen base, his third of the season. He now has recorded multiple hits in three of his last four games.
Neil Walker was 0 for 4 and still has yet to hit an extra base hit this season. He is hitting .222/.276/.222 in 54 at-bats.
The Pirates have not allowed or scored more than five runs in a game this season. That ties the National League record previously held by the 1965 Pirates. If it happens one more game, they will tie the Major League record of 17 games, set by the 1943 Detroit Tigers.