Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Game 16: Pirates vs. Rockies Recap

Offense has certainly come at a premium thus far in the season for the Pittsburgh Pirates. They have still yet to score more than five runs in a game but the good thing is that they have yet to allow five runs in a game either. So you know what that means, five runs means a guaranteed victory. At least you hope so. That was the case on Tuesday night when the Pirates welcomed the Colorado Rockies into PNC Park.

The ageless wonder, Jamie Moyer, started for the Rockies. The 49 year old, who made his major league debut before I was born, continued to make magic happen. He only allowed one run in his six innings of work off of a ground out by Andrew McCutchen. He also had the benefit of playing with a lead the entire time he was in the game thanks to Carlos Gonzalez's two run home run off of Kevin Correia in the first inning.

The two starters had much better success than either of their bullpens would. Rex Brothers took over for Moyer in the seventh inning and wouldn't record an out. With Alex Presley and Jose Tabata at the corners after consecutive hits, McCutchen nearly missed a home run to left center field. The ball hit off the top of the bullpen wall and bounced back into play and allowed both runs to score to give the Pirates the lead.

The Pirate bullpen had their turn to struggle in the eighth inning. Jason Grilli started the inning and recorded the first two outs as well as a double to Marco Scutaro. Tony Watson was called upon to face the left hand hitting Gonzalez and that decision turned out backfiring. Gonzalez hit his second home run of the game.

Matt Belisle came on to pitch the bottom of the inning and did not fair very well. Clint Barmes, who came into the game batting .089, came up with his third extra base hit of the game. This time it was over the fence to tie the game. Belisle didn't help his own cause by walking Garrett Jones and allowing Presley to reach on his own error following the home run. Casey McGehee came up after Belisle managed to record two outs and hit a single to score the game winning run.

The Pirates will finish up their other two games with the Rockies on Wednesday as part of a doubleheader after Monday night's game was rained out.

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