Some of the most criticized Pirates came up big in the 6-3 win tonight. Kevin Correia pitched a beauty, while Alex Presley and Clint Barmes sparked the offense. The win meant a series-win against the Astros, and one win closer to a winning season.
Garrett Jones and Gaby Sanchez each knocked in a run in the first against Fernando Abad, who is usually used out of the bullpen. Rod Barajas chugged home when Alex Presley spanked a triple in the second, and Brock Holt drove in AP for his second RBI of the game. The sixth run came in when Barmes laid down a perfect suicide-squeeze. Clint finished the game 1-2 with two walks and a run batted in while hitting in the second spot of the lineup – a late change that worked out well.
Correia did his thing, giving up just one run and four hits over six innings of work. Jared Hughes pitched two scoreless innings and Jason Grilli closed out the ninth (although he did give up a two-run homer.)
The Bucs’ 72nd win of the year not only brings them to within ten games of a .500 season, but matches their win total from 2011. That means that any win from here on out will be an improvement from last season. That’s all you can ask for from a team like the Bucs: just improve on the previous season. The Cubs come into town for a big series that could give the Pirates some momentum as they go into Cincinnati next week.
Pirates (72-64) – Astros (42-95)
Win: Correia (10-8)
Loss: Abad (0-3)