Game 26 Recap: Correia Tosses Gem in Denver

Correia dropped his ERA below 3.00.

It was snowing off and on in Colorado last night. That just doesn’t seem right this late in April. It didn’t stop Kevin Correia from pitching well and the Pirates as a team from holding the Stones scoreless.

Correia was pulled with two outs in the seventh after allowing a single to Seth Smith. Jose Veras got the last out in the seventh. Chris Resop struck out the side in the eighth and Joel Hanrahan needed four batters to get the save in the ninth. Correia allowed three singles and a walk, while striking out four.

The Pirates offense kind of got going. Andrew McCutchen hit a solo homer off of Jhoulys Chacin in the third. Garrett Jones did likewise in the sixth. But the Pirates didn’t have more than one hit in an inning until the seventh when Pedro Alvarez singled and was driven home by Ronny Cedeno for the final run of the game.

Chacin pitched seven innings and gave up all three Pirate runs. He gave up six hits and no walks. He whiffed eight.

The Good
Another win on the road – the eighth of the month.

Correia picked up his fourth win. If the All-Star game was Tuesday, he’d be the Pirates representative.

Jones had two hits.

The Bad
I’d feel better if the club could get more than six hits.

The Rest
Pirates have only had double digits in safeties once in the last ten games.

Pittsburgh only had two home runs in the previous ten games and had not had a multi-home run game since April 17th against Cincinnati.

Cedeno’s triple was the first for the team in 2011.

Jones has five homers and only seven RBI.

This was the second straight game and the fourth time all year the Pirates only allowed one walk.

Author: Randy Linville

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.

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