The Pirates 59th win of the season moved them to within a half game of the first place Brewers. They are also now tied with the Giants for the first NL Wild Card spot.
Vance Worley rose to the occasion once again with another quality outing. All you can ask is that your starting pitchers give you a chance to win the game, Vanimal has done just that every time out recently. Easily your second half MVP on the staff so far. Worley went 6 IP, allowing 7 hits, only one run (earned), walking one and striking out two. Control has been the key for Worley, getting ahead in the count and taking at bats. Anderson was on the mound for the Diamondbacks and proved to be better than his first start of the season against the Bucs. He went 6, only allowing the Pirates one run. Vance was exactly what the Pirates needed tonight. It will be huge for the Pirates if Vance can keep pace with his recent outings the rest of the way through.
Josh Harrison (who else) started the game off with a leadoff double, his 20th 2B of the year and extended his extra base hit streak to 6 games. There was some great leather flashed in the field by the Pirates in the 2nd as Snider and Cutch made back to back diving plays that almost certainly saved runs.
Then in the 3rd, JHay homered to left, a solo shot. Making it 1-0 Pirates, his 10th of the year making it 5 HR in 7 games for him. EN FUEGO.
In the fifth, Arizona was able to tie the game. A single by Peralta scored Inciarte. Polanco tried to make it close at the plate but his throw was well wide.
Worley got out of one of many mini jams of the night, which proved to be crucial for him, especially the situations with runners in scoring position.
Jared Hughes took over for Worley in the 7th. He got himself into some trouble, as the bases became loaded for Arizona. Hughes, a guy usually not known for K's was able to get the last two batters of the inning swinging and escape the jam without surrendering any runs.
Magic happened in the 8th, the Pirates did their best Hudini act. Harrison led off with an infield single. Polanco then got to first on a catcher's interference call before Cutch hit a grounder to 3B that went off of Marte's glove and allowed JHay to score. 2-1 Bucs and Cutch's 66th rbi of the year. Russell Martin came to the plate and hit a high chopper to Ziegler the pitcher which scored Polanco. 3-1. His throw to first was dropped and took advantage of that coming in to score. 4-1. Brent Morel surprisingly dropped a bomb to deep center, off the wall about 410 feet, which scored Martin. 5-1 Bucs. 3 infield hits, a catcher's interference and a 410 ft double allowed the Pirates to plate 4 runs in the 8th.
It was good morning, good afternoon and good night for Watson who was elementary as always in the bottom half of the 8th.
The Pirates weren't finished. They scored three more runs in the 9th after a Polanco double that scored Harrison, a two out double by Martin and a base hit by Morel to make it 8-1.
Ernesto Frieri came in to close it in the 9th. He was as shaky as usual. Allowing a two run home run to Peralta before finally retiring the third out. Raise it folks, two in a row!
JHay is back at it, he was 3-4 on the night with a solo home run and a walk. He had to leadoff hits, one that sparked the late game push. For that...he is our BUCCO OF THE GAME! (thanks for the votes, lets make that a thing)
4:10 tomorrow, matinee for all of you that are tired of the late night BUCN. Liriano takes the hill (3-7, 3.97) against Cahill (1-8, 5.59).