The Pittsburgh Pirates returned to PNC Park tonight to begin a ten game home stand. The first three games would be against their American League foe the Cleveland Indians. The game would remain close until a two hour and eight minute rain delay halted play in the bottom of the seventh. After that Cleveland would bust it open for a 5-2 win.
The Indians struck first in this game when former Bucco Brandon Moss hit a two run homer in the top of the second. Moss would then cross the plate in the fourth inning on a Michael Bourn double to give the Tribe a 3-0 lead. Pittsburgh plated their two runs of the night in the bottom part of the fourth on an Andrew McCutchen home run.
Charlie Morton tossed six innings tonight, allowing three runs on four hits, while walking and striking out three batters. Morton was red hot when he came off the DL, but his past three starts make me think that the Pirates may need a fourth pitcher at the trade deadline.
Cleveland put the game out of reach in the eighth when they scored two runs off of Bucco relief pitcher Arquimedes Caminero. Caminero would only record one out, while giving up three hits and one walk. Bourn was able to strike again by driving in those two runs with a single to shallow center.
Pittsburgh had a chance to make up some ground tonight in the division with the St. Louis Cardinals dropping their fourth straight game. The Indians have some great pitching going for them right now, so it is imperative that the offense be able to shoulder their part of the load these next two days. Jeff Locke will face off against Cody Anderson tomorrow at 4:05pm.
Record vs. Indians: 0-1
Record vs. American League: 8-5
Record at Home: 24-15
Overall Record: 45-34
Let’s Go Bucs!