Final: Pirates 4, Royals 2
The Bucs jumped out to an early lead after drawing first blood in the 1st with an RBI double by Garrett Jones. In the 2nd, they added two more on RBI singles by Clint Barmes and Neil Walker. Barmes’ single scored the speedy Rod Barajas from 2nd base thanks to an unreal slide by the Pirates’ catcher.
Bedard would give up two runs in the 3rd inning to allow the Royals to get within one run, but would then settle in and was never in any danger the remainder of his seven-inning outing.
The Pirates tacked on a 4th run when Jose Tabata was picked off 1st base with Pedro Alvarez on 2nd. Tabata got himself into a run down, which allowed Alvarez to score easily without the Royals even attempting to get the out at the plate.
Jason Grilli and Joel Hanrahan shut down the door as each pitched 1-2-3 innings. All around, it was a very good game.
I’m not going to look it up, but I can’t imagine the Pirates scoring four runs in a game where Andrew McCutchen went 0 for 4. Everyone really pitched in on this one.
Clint Barmes was 1 for 3 with an RBI single. Since returning to the lineup on June 2nd, he has a WPA (Win Probability Added) of 0.506. It was -0.948 before that. For those wondering, WPA basically is how a single player affects the likely percentage of the team winning the game.