Pedro Alvarez went from zero to hero with his game tying double in the 8th.
Looking to bounce back from two straight losses, bad losses, the Pirates hung in their to win it late. Edinson Volquez looked promising through four innings of work. Trouble came in the 5th as Volquez allowed the Diamondbacks to score four. A home run by Inciarte and a wild pitch let the Dbacks plate their runs. Volquez went 5.2 IP allowing 7 hits and 4 runs, three of which were earned while walking two and striking out 5.
The Pirates grabbed a run in the 6th after a Gaby Sanchez RBI knock. Wilson came on for Eddie in the top half of the 6th and worked out of a jam. He then stayed on for the 7th inning, holding the Diamondbacks scoreless.
THEN CAME THE RALLY...It all started with a Josh Harrison double off the right center wall. He was then driven in by a slumping (maybe not anymore) Andrew McCutchen his 65th RBI of the year. Mercer then walked following the Cutch double.
Witth all of Pittsburgh staring down on him, the pressure of BUCN laid on the shoulders of El Toro as he came to plate in a big pinch hit spot. He came through, he silenced the critics and got the big hit we all had been waiting for. A double to right field driving in Cutch and Mercer to tie the game. He was even able to flash a tidy Zoltan, funny he remembered how after not driving in a run since July 11th.
Tony Watson came on in the 9th and was elementary in 9 pitches.
In the 9th the Pirates finally pulled ahead. JHay lead it off again with a double down the third base line. Mercer then drove him in with a double to left to take the lead and make it 5-4 in favor of the Buccos. Cutch then strutted to the plate before being intentionally walked. Michael Martinez came off the bench and was able to drive in a run to make it 6-4. Then, the flood gates opened. Russell Martin had a clutch late at bat, driving in Cutch. That was followed up by a Travis Snider single that scored both Martinez and Martin. Making it 9-4 Pirates.
Ernesto Frieri came on in the bottom of the 9th to close out the game and Raise the Jolly Roger!
How about Pedro? Coming through in a huge spot, with the chance of a three game skid likely. Amidst the toughest season of his professional career. At a time when the whole city is looking for him to turn things around and get back to the Pedro that Pittsburgh knows and loves. He came through. Against a left handed pitcher none the less. Pedro sent a message with that double. Don't give up on him. He's clearly not throwing in the towel and BUCN shouldn't either. The Pirates need Pedro. Put up with Brent Morel while the Big Bull comes out the other end.
For his clutch game tying double tonight, El Toro is our BUCCO OF THE GAME!
The Pirates turned the tide of this game very quickly, it could have gotten ugly. The Battling Bucs hung in there and were able to pull it off!
8:10 p.m. ET start tomorrow, Worley (4-1, 2.54) against Anderson (6-4, 3.34)