Final: Pirates 9, Indians 5
Starter Brad Lincoln didn’t have his best stuff, yet again, as he gave up four runs over just 3 1/3 innings. Thankfully, Asdrubal Cabrera made not one, not two, but three errors that led to the Pirates scoring way more than the four unearned runs in the box score.
Down 2-0 in the 4th inning, Pedro Alvarez hit a three-run homer following a Cabrera throwing error that would have ended the inning.
Cleveland regained the lead in the bottom of the 4th with a two-run double by Shin-Soo Choo, but Alex Presley would tie things up with a solo homer in the 5th. Another two runs would come across for the Pirates to give them a 6-4 lead following what would have been a routine, inning-ending double play. But thanks to two errors by Cabrera, that did not happen. Alvarez would make him and the Indians pay once more with another three-run home run.
The multi-homer game by Alvarez was his 2nd in as many days and his 4th of his career. Amazingly, his other two multi-HR games were also on back-to-back days. When he is hot, he is hot. And when he is not, he is not. If he can somehow be consistently between ridiculously, amazingly awesome and completely god-awful, it would be nice.
Following Lincoln’s start, he now has a 7.64 ERA with 13 strikeouts and five walks in 17 2/3 innings as a starter. As a reliever, he has a 0.45 ERA with 23 strikeouts and seven walks in 20 innings. The bullpen is where he belongs.