In what was most likely his last start as a Pittsburgh Pirate, Kevin Correia pitched a heck of a game against the postseason-bound Braves.
The Bucs got some early runs for KC against Tommy Hanson in the 5-1 win. Cutch grounded out to score Starling Marte, who doubled to lead off the inning, in the first. Clint Barmes made it 2-0 with a looper into CF, and the big blows came in the fifth. Alex Presley doubled in a run and Garrett Jones blasted a two-run shot for his 27th of the season.
Correia took the lead and didn’t look back. He threw 6.2 solid innings, albeit against a Braves team that’s already clinched and is resting its starters. He surrendered just one run in the fourth that Marte’s poor defense was partly responsible for. In two years with the Bucs, Correia posted a record of 24-22 with one All-Star appearance; a very solid body of work. For as much hate as he gets, Kevin very well may be the best starter that Neal Huntington has acquired through free agency. He most likely won’t be back for 2013, though, as there are pitchers out there who will do the exact same thing he does but cost much less money. Best of luck to this guy:
Anyway, Chris Resop and Bryan Morris closed out the final two innings to get the series win. The Bucs are now set up to sweep the Braves tomorrow in what will be Chipper Jones‘ last regular season game. On one hand, a sweep would be a great way to end the season. But that would mean a final record of 80-82, which just hurts.
Pirates (79-82) – Braves (93-58)
Win: Correia (12-11)
Loss: Hanson (13-10)