Vance Worley was dominant last night in his return home to the Bay Area. Throwing his first career complete game shutout and only the second complete game of his professional career as a whole. Vanimal went 9 IP, giving up only four hits on his way to striking out three and walking just one.
An outing like this for the Pirates rotation makes things interesting with the trade deadline looming just two days away. The Pirates may not need to go out and get a front of the rotation type guy that most people thought they needed. At this point it seems the best move the Pirates could make would be to pick up a guy for the back of the bullpen and call it a day.
Madison Bumgarner started for the Giants and pretty much handed the Buccos the game. From the first pitch on Bumgarner struggled, getting behind to almost every batter. He struggled to hit with off speed pitches and the Pirates capitalized. A home run, some timely hits and a bunch of base runners allowed the Pirates to jump to an early 5-0 lead one which they were able to hang onto through nine innings.
Along with Vanimal shining bright there were some other stars who stood out for the Buccos last night. Josh Harrison remains hot as of late, he was 2-3 on the night with an RBI and a walk. His solo shot to left early on appeared to put the nail in the coffin of the Giants before the game even got going. Jordy Mercer had a nice night as well, going 2-4, he and JHay had the only multiple hit nights.
Martin, Sanchez, Polanco and Walker all had RBIs as well on the night. However, Gaby Sanchez in the four-hole was a mess as it appeared it would be when the lineup was posted. You just can't have him batting cleanup if the Pirates want to get where they want to go. The lineup for the Pirates before the game last night looked shaky at best, luckily it worked out for the better.
Tonight the Pirates are back at it at 10:15 as Frankie Liriano (2-7, 4.18) squares off against Tim Hudson (8-7, 2.65) who has been surprising this year. Lets see which Liriano shows up to pitch tonight.