Final: Pirates 4, Nationals 2
It looks like Andrew McCutchen is over his flu. He went 4 for 4 tonight with a solo home run in the 8th inning, his second of the season, and second in as many nights. He is now hitting .330/.393/.470 on the year.
The big story in the beginning of this game was Erik Bedard. After delivering a pitch to Adam LaRoche in the 2nd inning, Bedard was forced to leave the game due to back spasms [link]. Back spasms definitely are not good, as they are a huge pain and can linger, but when I saw on my phone “injury timeout” I was pretty happy to see it was not an elbow/shoulder issue at least. Hopefully he can get healthy quick.
The Pirates bullpen was awesome today. Brad Lincoln relieved Bedard in the 2nd and pitched three innings giving up just one unearned run. Jared Hughes then pitched two scoreless innings. Juan Cruz, Jason Grilli, and Joel Hanrahan then closed things out.
Pedro Alvarez was 0 for 4 tonight, but it was probably the one of the better 0 for 4 performances you will ever see. He hit two balls to the warning track in to center and left center, and had an opposite field single taken from him on a sliding grab by Roger Bernadina.