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Five run 1st inning enough as Bucs hold on in series finale

Published on June 29, 2012 by in Game Recaps

Final: Pirates 5, Phillies 4

WP: A.J. Burnett (9-2, 3.31 ERA)
LP: Kyle Kendrick (2-8, 5.35 ERA)
SV: Joel Hanrahan (20, 2.10 ERA)

The Bucs were pretty much shut down in the final eight innings of this game, but luckily, they were able to hold on after a five run 1st inning.

Drew Sutton singled and Neil Walker walked to begin the game. After an Andrew McCutchen fly out, Garrett Jones delivered with an RBI single. Casey McGehee then hit a three-run bomb to left center field for his 5th homer of the year and 2nd in as many games. Pedro Alvarez then finished the back-to-back job with a line drive over the right field wall, his 14th of the season.

A.J. Burnett had his good stuff working tonight as he struck out seven batters in 6 2/3 innings. He did give up three runs, though, as his ERA went up for the first time in 11 starts. He did win his 8th straight start, though and finished June with a perfect 5-0 record.

The Phillies would get within one run after Jason Grilli gave up a solo homer to Hunter Pence in the 8th, but Joel Hanrahan shut things down in the 9th inning to close it out with his 20th save.

What a series for Michael McKenry. After Rod Barajas lasted just one inning before suffering a knee injury in game one on Monday, The Fort went 8 for 14 with two walks, a double, two home runs, and six RBI. He’s now hitting .241/.330/.470, which amazingly is probably the second best line on the entire club.

Pedro Alvarez is currently on pace for exactly 30 home runs this season. I will most definitely take that.

Jason Grilli has appeared in 32 games so far this season. He has recorded at least one strikeout in 30 of those games. That’s pretty impressive.

Cincinnati is currently losing 3-0 in the 7th inning as I am writing this. If that score holds up, the Bucs will move to one game out of 1st place. A three game series in St. Louis is next for the Pirates, whom the club currently holds a 1/2 game lead over.

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