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Pirates Down Braves In Slugfest

When the Pittsburgh Pirates opened this four game series with the Atlanta Braves on Monday night, it was a chance for Pittsburgh to right the ship of their pitching staff after a rough series in Chicago.  Atlanta has had other plans, especially tonight, as they scored nine runs and collected fifteen hits.  Luckily for the Pirates, their offense was up to the task and picked up twenty one hits in a 12-9 victory.

Early on it looked like the Buccos were well on their way to a blowout victoy.  In the first inning alone they scored seven runs and batted around.  Even Pittsburgh starter Juan Nicasio got in on the action with a RBI single to center.  The Pirates then brought two more runs home in the second on a double to left by Francisco Cervelli, and single from Jordy Mercer.

The Braves fought back though as they scored five runs over the next three innings.  Nicasio would leave the game after five innings, allowing five runs (three earned) on eight hits to go with six strikeouts and two walks.  He was replaced by Ryan Vogelsong who gave up three runs on five hits, but was still better than Arquimedes Caminero and his home run he gave up to the lone batter he faced.

Andrew McCutchen brought a run home with a single to shallow right in the fifth.  The Buccos collected one more run that inning when Sean Rodriguez scored on a groundout.  Their final run of the night was in the seventh when McCutchen scored on a wild pitch.

Neftali Feliz finished off the seventh inning, before Tony Watson and Mark Melancon came on and pitched scoreless eighth and ninth innings.  It was a shame that on a night the offense scored twelve runs that the bullpen needed to churn out five pitchers before the final out was recorded.  This extended workload is one of the many concerns fans have about this year’s pitching staff.  Hopefully Francisco Liriano is able to go deep into the game tomorrow night in the third game of this four game series with Atlanta.

Record vs. Braves:  2-0

Record vs. N.L. East:  2-0

Record at Home:  9-7

Overall Record:  21-17

 

And…

As Always…

Let’s Go Bucs!

Zane Heiple

Zane is Co-Editor of Fans From The Stands and a weekly contributor for Armchair Report on NFL, NHL, NBA, MLB, and NCAA related topics. He's also the smartest man in the world. Just ask him.