Through 5 1/2 innings, this looked like another low scoring game. Both pitchers, especially Morton, were scattering hits and pitching well. But in the bottom of the fifth, the Buccos finally broke out the bats. Alex Presley got it all started with a one out double, followed by a Nate McLouth double that left fielder Carlos Gonzalez lost in the sun. Andrew McCutchen followed with a fly ball in almost the exact same spot, and Gonzalez yet again lost it in the sun to make it 2-0 Pirates. The offensive outburst continued when Garrett Jones launched a two run bomb into right center, the first non-solo homer of the year for the Pirates. Pedro Alvarez stayed hot, going back to back with Jones off the right field foul pole for his second home run of the day. (VIDEO) Not only did the Pirates tie their season high with 5 runs in a game, but they set a new season high with 5 runs in one inning. Morton continued to deal his “Electric Stuff” all game, pitching 6 2/3 shutout ball until he gave up a solo homer to Ramon Hernandez. Morton’s day was done after 7, and Brad Lincoln pitched hitless eighth and ninth innings, securing the 5-1 Pirates win.
– Morton’s final line was 7 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 2 K, 1 BB.
– In addition to his home run, Pedro also had an opposite field double off of a lefty which just missed getting over the wall.
– Lincoln looked unhittable out of the pen, with his velocity increasing to 94-95 MPH.
Star of the Game: Charlie Morton. The pitching staff continues to deal, and Morton was no different. His breaking ball was very good today, as well as his ground ball inducing sinker. The Rockies just couldn’t get anything going off of him.
Goat of the Game: Carlos Gonzalez. The two fly balls that he misplayed were what sparked the huge 5 run inning, and both were pretty ugly to watch. The sun in left field can be pretty brutal, especially in the late afternoon, but Gonzalez wasn’t even wearing the right sunglasses. The Bucs took advantage of the misplays, and kept the momentum rolling.
Pirates (8-10) – Rockies (9-9)
Win: Morton (1-1)
Loss: Chacin (0-2)