PNC Park was buzzing tonight with a sellout crowd as it was Joel Hanrahan bobblehead night at the ballpark.
Although Joel wasn’t at the game due to the recent passing of his grandmother, it was still a great appreciation for his appearance at the All-Star Game last year and it’s a pretty awesome bobblehead.
It was a fine evening in the Steel City and once again spectacular baseball weather. “The Fort” Michael McKenry was behind the dish tonight:
Charlie Morton was on the hill for the Bucs:
Jose Tabata, who went 2 for 4 with a triple and a home run, was in left field tonight:
Justin Maxwell, who was in left for the Astros, was taunted all night long, mostly with “Maxwell Sucks” chants:
Electric Stuff got through the first inning, giving up a single to Jed Lowrie. Houston’s starter J.A. Happ got off to a rocky start. Jose Tabata led off with his second triple in two nights, both to right field. Neil Walker drove him in with a sacrifice fly, and Andrew McCutchen singled after him. Cutch moved to second after a fielder’s choice, and stole third without a throw. Casey McGehee walked, putting runners on the corners, and stole second. Yamaico Navarro couldn’t get them in though, and struck out to end the inning.
The score stayed 1-0 through 2 1/2 innings, until Cutch went deep to right center field for his third homer of the year. In the fifth, former Pirate Chris Snyder got to second base after a throwing error by Pedro Alvarez. Two batters later, Jordan Schafer doubled him in, and an unearned run was charged to Morton. Tabata got the run back the next inning with his second home run of the year, a 350 foot shot over the right field wall.
Morton gave up another run in the sixth on an RBI groundout by Justin Maxwell, and that’s all the Astros would get on the night. After Cutch singled and Pedro doubled to left field in the sixth, Clint Barmes drove in a run on a sac fly. Casey McGehee scored a batter later on a wild pitch by Rhiner Cruz to make it 5-2, and that was the final. Chris Resop, Tony Watson, and Juan Cruz closed out the final three innings to get the win and tie up the series.
– Cutch had another 4 hit game, his third of the year and second of the week.
– Morton’s final line: 6 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB.
– Morton also had 14 groundball outs, and 4 innings where all 3 outs were groundballs.
– The Bucs played outstanding defense tonight, with Pedro making a few spectacular plays and Walker making one.
Star of the Game: Andrew McCutchen. 4-4 with a bomb, he’s locked in.
Goat of the Game: No one really worthy of GotG tonight. Just an overall well-played game by the Bucs, and there wasn’t much the Astros could do.
Pirates (15-18) – Astros (15-18)
Win: Morton (2-3)
Loss: Happ (2-3)
Save: Cruz (3)