After last night's game was postponed and this one was delayed, the Pirates quickly gave the fans in attendance what they wanted: an early lead. Pittsburgh batted around and scored five runs on six hits in the first inning, giving a nice cushion to starter Jeff Karstens.
Andrew McCutchen singled and Jose Tabata doubled to put Nats starter Livan Hernandez into trouble early. Lyle Overbay's single scored one run. Garrett Jones doubled, scoring another. Ryan Doumit singled, scoring a third runner. Pedro Alvarez produced a run scoring ground ball and Ronny Cedeno capped the scoring with an RBI single.
Washington put together a couple of run scoring innings, but it wasn't enough to overcome the big inning from Pittsburgh. Michael Morse had an RBI single in the second that scored former Buc Adam LaRoche. Jayson Werth hit a solo homer in the fourth.
Pittsburgh got the runs back with a Tabata sac fly in the second and an Overbay RBI sing...
Randy is currently living and thriving in suburban Dayton, OH with his wife and two kids. He was raised in Cincinnati, OH and attended Anderson High School. He went to Miami University (Ohio) and received a degree in Paper Science Engineering from MU. He is a devout Christian and a pop culture buff. He coaches his son’s baseball and basketball teams and his daughters softball and basketball teams. Randy has been a Pirates fan since the late 1970s and has fond memories of the 1979 World Series team. He began blogging for Most Valuable Network in 5/2004 after stumbling across a help-wanted sign for a Pirates blogger. He wrote for Pittsburgh Lumber Co. until the site merged with Pirates Prospects in 2/2011.