It took a great night from the Pittsburgh Pirates offense to take down the Los Angeles Dodgers. Two errors, by two different third baseman, along with seven runs, four earned, by the pitching staff, meant that the bats needed to carry the way in order for the Pittsburgh to even up this series.
The Pirates struck first tonight, which has been a good sign for them over the past couple months. Neil Walker and Ike Davis struck for solo homers to put the Buccos up 2-0 in the second inning. The first of two errors would strike in the second. A throwing error by Pedro Alvarez allowed Josh Beckett to take second base and then score on a sac fly. The game would then become tied when Andre Either hit a RBI single to left.
Pittsburgh used the long ball in the third to regain the lead with a Gregory Polanco solo jack. They would add onto that lead when Walker came through with a RBI double. The sixth inning would see Los Angeles tie the game once again. It would all start with a throwing error by Josh Harrison, who replacedAlvarez after leaving the game with a knee injury. The error lead to A.J. Ellis bringing in two runs with a single to center.
With the score tied 4-4, the Pirates collected four run in the sixth. Polanco would bring in two runs on a single to shallow left center field. Travis Snider would connect with a RBI single and then with the bases loaded, a wild pitch brought home the final run of the inning.
The seventh inning saw tensions flare up a bit, as Clint Hurdle and Justin Wilson were ejected when Wilson hit Justin Turner in retaliation for Andrew McCutchen being hit in bottom of the sixth. The Dodgers would use that base runner to their advantage when Adrian Gonzalez hit a two run homer to cut the lead to two. That lead would shrink to one in the eighth on a solo dinger by Scott Van Slyke.
The Buccos were able to put a few nails in the coffin during a four run eighth inning. Walker would draw a bases loaded walk to put them up by two. A Russell Martin single brought in two more runs, and the scoring was capped when Davis singled to shallow right. Ernesto Frieri finished off the ninth to give Pittsburgh a 12-7 victory.
If you enjoyed high scoing back and forth games, this was definitely a favorite. Vance Worley wasn’t necessarly bad tonight, but some errors behind him proved costly, though he picked up his third win of the year. The Pirates will wrap up this six game home stand tomorrow night at 7:05pm.
Record vs. Dodgers: 4-2
Record vs. N.L. West: 13-5
Record at Home: 33-21
Overall Record: 53-47
Let’s Go Bucs!