Brad Lincoln’s impressive spot start leads Bucs to 3-2 win

Final: Pirates 3, Marlins 2

WP: Brad Lincoln (3-0, 1.33 ERA)

LP: Anibal Sanchez (2-1, 2.28 ERA)

SV: Joel Hanrahan (7, 3.55 ERA)

You can’t ask for any more out of a spot starter. Brad Lincoln, who has dominated in a long relief role, was able to carry over that success in his first start of the year. Over six innings, he gave up just two runs on four hits and one walk while striking out three.

The Pirates scored first in the 1st inning on an Andrew McCutchen sacrifice fly that plated Jose Tabata after he led off the game with a double. Rod Barajas would account for the 2nd run of the game with a solo blast in the 2nd inning.

The Bucs took the lead for good in the 5th inning, Pedro Alvarez drove a ball to the gap in left center field to score McCutchen from first base.

Jared Hughes, Jason Grilli, and Joel Hanrahan shut things down as each pitched a scoreless inning of relief to seal the win.

It was the Pirates’ 3rd straight win and it puts them at 17-18 for the season, just three games out of 1st place in the NL Central.

Over the last four innings, literally 25% of the Pirates outs were by either (failed) sacrifice bunt attempts or caught stealing. I know it is something that we joke about on Twitter a lot during the game, but Clint Hurdle really has to rethink some of his in-game managing decisions, or the Pirates aren’t going to win games like this often.

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