Final: Pirates 7, Twins 2
Kevin Correia hadn’t won a game at PNC Park since June 22nd of last season. He looked at home on the mound this evening tossing 5 1/3 scoreless frames before giving way to the bullpen.
The Pirates’ offensive outburst continued as Josh Harrison started things off with a solo homer in the 1st inning. In the 5th, Casey McGehee would plate a run on a sac fly and the Bucs would add two more in the 6th on an RBI double by Clint Barmes and a ground out by Matt Hague.
The Twins’ only runs came on a two-run homer by Denard Span in the 7th to cut the lead to 4-2, but the Pirates would answer back as Andrew McCutchen hit a two-run blast of his own. Rod Barajas would cap things off with a sac fly top put things far out of reach.
The win bumped the Bucs’ record up to 35-31 and moved within 2 1/2 games of the Reds in the NL Central. They’re also just a half game back in the Wildcard standings.
Pedro Alvarez followed up his back-to-back multi-HR games by going 2 for 3 with a double and a walk. In these past three games, he is now 7 for 11 with four home runs, two doubles, two walks, and no strikeouts.
Josh Harrison got the start in RF and put up a very nice 3 for 4 day with the solo homer in the 1st to start things off. The home run he hit actually bounced off the wall, but caromed off Josh Willingham to go over the fence. It was pretty awesome.
Big time props to Tony Watson, who entered the game with the Pirates up 2-0 with runners on the corners and one out in the top of the 6th inning. He got out of the inning without allowing a run to score and capped it off with a bases-loaded strikeout of our old friend, Ryan Doumit.