Final: Pirates 4, Tigers 1
You know things are going well when Rod Barajas, owner of a 4.5 40-yard dash (4.5 is in minutes, of course), somehow comes around to score from first base on a bunt.
With the Pirates already up 2-0 in the 2nd, Pedro Alvarez and Barajas hit back-to-back singles. A.J. Burnett then laid down a bunt. Fister tried throwing the ball to 3rd base, but it ended up in foul territory down the left field line. Delmon Young had some trouble corralling the ball and Barajas scurried home with an amazing head-first slide, that was totally not necessary. Here’s the video of the play, it’s worth a look.
A.J. Burnett pitched six scoreless innings to win his 7th straight start.
Pedro Alvarez had another good game going 1 for 2 with an intentional walk. One thing that is nice to see along with the hot hitting is Pedro’s walk rate go up. It is now at 9.2%, which is the highest I can remember it being all season.
Jason Grilli and Joel Hanrahan were lights out in the 8th and 9th inning. No one was even close to getting on base. It’s always nice when the game is basically over after seven innings.