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Vance “The Vanimal” Worley was on top of his game tonight, as the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the San Diego Padres 2-1 in game one of this three game series at PNC Park. After giving up one run in the first, Pittsburgh would score two in the bottom part of the inning and that would be enough for the win.

Worley would pitch seven innings, giving up one run on five hits with seven strikeouts and one walk. The lone run he gave up came in the first when Seth Smith hit a sac fly to left field that scored Everth Cabrera.

The Pirates offense took over in the bottom part of the inning. The Buccos would tie the game on a shallow single to right field by Gregory Polanco, who has been swinging a hot bat over these past few games. They would take the lead for good on an Ike Davis sac fly that brought home Polanco.

After Worley left the game it was up to the bullpen to finish off San Diego. Tony Watson earned his 27th hold of the season with an inning of scoreless work with one strikeout. That would lead the way for Mark Melancon to strike out the side and pick up his 21st save of the year and complete a Pittsburgh victory.

While I would like to see a little more support from the offense during this series, I was happy to see them pick up their third straight win. With the start of a tough three weeks beginning on Monday, it is crucial for the Pirates to earn a series win over the Padres. They will look to do that tomorrow night at 7:05pm when Francisco Lirano takes the bump against Eric Stults.

Record vs. Padres: 3-1

Record vs. N.L. West: 20-10

Record at Home: 37-22

Overall Record: 62-53



As Always…

Let’s Go Bucs!