The Bucs stopped some of the bleeding today with an impressive 8-1 win over the Astros. They mashed out 18 hits in the last NL matchup between the two teams, and came one win closer to reached that elusive 82nd.
It was a pitchers’ duel for the first four innings. A.J. Burnett did his thing, going eight innings while giving up just four hits. He struck out 11 and made just one mistake – a solo homer to Scott Moore that would be the only run the Astros could get. A.J. earned his first win since the “STFD game” on August 16th, and improved his record to 16-8.
It took four innings to break through against Jordan Lyles, but once they got to him in the fifth, the Bucs went off. Two singles and a walk loaded the bases, and Gaby Sanchez got plunked to drive in the first run of the game. Jose Tabata walked to plate another run, and Clint Barmes and Rod Barajas both singled in runs to make it 4-0. The Pirates left the bases loaded in the fifth, but they weren’t done scoring. Cutch doubled in Josh Harrison, who collected four hits, to put the Bucs up 5-0. Pedro, Jose, and A.J. each picked up RBIs in the eighth to really put the game out of reach. A.J. cruised with the big lead, and after his day was done, Chad Qualls pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to close out the win.
It’ll be weird not seeing the Astros anymore, or at least not as often. It’s nice to leave Houston with a big win. Just ten more games left in the season, and although the playoffs are pretty much out of the picture, a winning season is still obtainable. The Pirates will have to go 7-3 in their remaining games. Gotta stay hopeful.
Pirates (75-77) – Astros (50-103)
Win: Burnett (16-8)
Loss: Lyles (4-12)