Well, it wasn’t pretty, but the Pirates were able to scratch out a win against the D-backs tonight. Kevin Correia had one of his typical “bend but don’t break” starts, and the defense was flat out awful. They made four errors, but the offense was able to pick up the slack and slug its way to a 7-6 win.
Arizona got two runs off of Correia in the first before he even recorded an out. Luckily, he was able to get out of it with limited damage. With two down in the bottom of the first, Cutch and Garrett Jones singled. Neil Walker worked a nice six-pitch AB, before finally taking Ian Kennedy deep to RF for a three-run bomb.
Starling Marte led off the fourth with a solo blast to right-center, but the Bucs went on the leave the bases loaded. The D-backs got to Correia again in the fifth when Willie Bloomquist doubled in a run, and Pedro booted the possible third out. It was tied heading in to the bottom half of the fifth, but that would quickly change. Travis Snider started with a base-knock, and Cutch reached when the second baseman dropped the force out. Jones singled to load up the bases, and The Hometown Kid struck again. He doubled into the notch, driving in two to bring his RBI total for the night to five. Later in the inning, Kennedy threw a wild pitch, which bounced right back to the catcher, leaving Jones hanging to dry between third and home. Not really his fault, but he couldn’t even get in a rundown to advance the trailing runner. He also should have scored on the double, which just adds to his poor performance on the night.
Correia pitched a scoreless sixth, which was his last inning. He gave up four runs (three earned) on six hits – pretty solid. Jordy Mercer smacked his first career home run to start off the sixth, making it 7-4. Chris Resop came out in relief, and gave up a leadoff walk. After Jones made his first error of the inning to put runners on the corners, Paul Goldschmidt got a run in with a sac-fly. Mercer committed the second team error of the inning, allowing another runner to reach. Tony Watson came in to clean up the defense’s mess, and got no help. Jones made his second error of the inning, and third team error on a groundball. Watson was somehow able to escape the jam by striking out Chris Young, who went absolutely crazy. He was tossed almost immediately, and had to be restrained by a coach. As the inning-break continued, Justin Upton also got tossed, which just added to the craziness. By now, the rain had started to fall, and the game started dragging.
Chad Qualls came in for the eighth, and gave up a run. With the lead down to just a single run, Joel Hanrahan came in to close out the game – and boy was he locked in. He struck out the side on thirteen pitches, and earned the save.
It was a pretty wacky game, and the Bucs should feel lucky that they somehow pulled out a win. Tomorrow’s game is at 4:05, and they’ll go for the series win. Cincinnati lost, so the Pirates are now within 2.5 games of first place.
Pirates (63-47) – Diamondbacks (56-55)
Win: Correia (9-6)
Loss: Kennedy (10-9)
Save: Hanrahan (33)