Final: Braves 6, Pirates 1
Once again, the Pirates offensive woes play a big part.
A.J. Burnett pitched great in six innings of work. He struck out eight batters and gave up two runs. Tony Watson and Evan Meek could not get things done in the 7th inning and the game was essentially out of reach at that point.
Alex Presley was 2 for 4 and extended his hitting streak to 11. Both hits were infield singles, which seems to be the case for just about all of Presley’s hits.
Pedro Alvarez was 0 for 2, but drew two walks, giving him three on the season. If you saw his at-bats tonight he looked like a totally different player. He was actually recognizing pitches and laying off balls out of the strike zone. I’m seeing improvement. Hopefully it continues.
In the top of the 4th inning, with one out and Garrett Jones on third base, Alvarez and Casey McGehee drew walks to load up the bases. Rod Barajas, immediately following two walks where Hanson did not look like he could hit water if he fell out of a boat, swung at a first pitch breaking ball. He hit into a double play and that was that. It was as frustrating live as it sounds in print.