Final: Nationals 4, Pirates 3
WP: Ryan Mattheus (1-0)
LP: Tony Watson (0-1)
SV: Drew Storen (20)
Brad Lincoln couldn’t have pitched much better than he did, but the Pirates’ bullpen was unable to hold on to the small lead given to them. In Lincoln’s spot start, he went 6 innings and gave up just 2 runs.
Outside of Chase d’Arnaud, who had 2 hits, and Andrew McCutchen, who went 3 for 4, the Pirates’ offense was pretty dreadful.
However, the Pirates did have a 3-2 lead going into the 8th inning. Chris Resop was pulled after getting an out and hitting Michael Morse with a pitch. Tony Watson then came in and issued a walk. That’s when all hell broke loose. Eric Fryer threw a ball into shallow left field on a stolen base attempt by Brian Bixler, who was out by 2 steps had the throw been good. The throw allowed Bixler to come all the way around to score. Ivan Rodriguez would then later single to right field to Xavier Paul who gunned a one-hopper to the plate that was dropped by Fryer, allowing Rick Ankiel to score. It wasn’t a very good inning for Eric Fryer to say the least.
Drew Storen then came on in the 9th and closed the door to secure a split of the double header.
The Pirates will look to split the series tomorrow as Kevin Correia takes the hill against Jordan Zimmerman tomorrow at 1:35.
We already knew this, but the Pirates have made it official. RHP Brad Lincoln has been recalled from AAA-Indianapolis to start the 2nd game of the double header in Washington today. To make room for him on the roster, reliever Tim Wood has been optioned to AAA-Indianapolis.
Lincoln, who was the club’s 1st round pick in 2006 is 6-7 with a 4.14 ERA for Indianapolis and has pitched very well lately with a 2.84 ERA in his 4 June starts. Lincoln is expected to only be with the club for today’s 2nd game.
Wood has struggled since his call up and picked up the loss in last night’s game. In 8 innings, he went 0-3 with a 5.63 ERA. This probably isn’t the last we’ve seen of Wood, though.
Final: Pirates 5, Nationals 3
WP: Jose Veras (2-2)
LP: Sean Burnett (3-5)
SV: Joel Hanrahan (24)
James McDonald once again failed to go 7 innings, but he certainly was effective over 6 1/3 innings. He gave up 2 runs and struck out 7 batters before giving way to Jose Veras, who would pitch 1 2/3 scoreless innings to bridge the gap to Hanrahan.
The Pirates opened up scoring in the 1st inning when Garret Jones singled in Chase d’Arnaud. Jones would also come around to score thanks to an Andrew McCutchen double and a Neil Walker sacrifice fly.
It was a 2-2 ball game heading into the 8th inning after Rick Ankiel homered off McDonald in the 7th, but the Bucs answered right back. Garrett Jones and Andrew McCutchen hit back-to-back homers to give the Bucs a 4-2 lead. Matt Diaz would also collect an RBI single later in the 9th inning to give the Pirates some insurance.
Hanrahan would give up 1 run in the 9th, but the game was never in doubt after that.
Rob Biertempfel is reporting that the Pirates have placed Ronny Cedeno on the new 7-day disabled list due to concussion-like symptoms. Pedro Ciriaco has been recalled and is available for both games of the double header today.
I have no idea how Cedeno has concussion-like symptoms as I do not recall any moments where he could have possibly suffered one. He is also in the midst of a 10-game hitting streak.
This means d’Arnaud will probably now move to SS for the near future with Brandon Wood and Josh Harrison splitting time at third base.