Real Thing that Happened: Pirates win in Milwaukee

In what has almost become a trend, the Pirates used late-game heroics to win a game. What has not been a trend is Pittsburgh winning at Miller Park, which thanks to a four-run eighth inning they did on Wednesday with a 6-4 win against the Brewers.

Pedro Alvarez hit his fifth home run of the season in Wednesday's win against the Brewers. Photo credit: David Hague

Pedro Alvarez hit his fifth home run of the season in Wednesday’s win against the Brewers. Photo credit: David Hague

With the Pirates trailing 4-2, Travis Snider reached base on a broken-bat pinch hit single before Starling Marte smashed a ball over the fence in left-center field to tie the game. Jose Tabata reached on a single and appeared to injure his leg stealing second base and surprisingly (or not considering the Pirates’ bench situation) James McDonald entered the game to run for Tabata. Brandon Inge hit what appeared to be a harmless blooper into shallow right field and when the Brewers’ Rickie Weeks attempted to make a play on the ball he kicked it deep into the outfield and allowed Inge to reach third base. He would eventually score on a Pedro Alvarez single.

In the eighth and ninth it was Mark Melancon and Jason Grilli doing what they do and shutting down any comeback attempt Milwaukee had planned. Ho hum.

The win kept Pittsburgh from being swept for only the second time this season (the first was in Los Angeles against the Dodgers the first weekend of the season).



– Alvarez crushed a ball deep to right field in the second inning for his fifth home run of the season.

– Melancon’s ERA is now 0.64 in 14 innings this season. He earned his 10th hold of 2013 Wednesday before Grilli came on for his 11th save of the season.

– Pittsburgh has Thursday off before returning to PNC Park for a three-game series with Washington. The popular Twitter rumor on Wednesday afternoon was that Friday’s game will feature Pierogi vs. Presidents series of races. The Pirates and Nationals have done this before and it was awesome. Also Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper will be playing in Pittsburgh but MASCOT RACES.

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  • michaelbro8

    Pedro’s HR was all the more impressive because he didn’t even take a full swing on an outside pitch. It was merely a “swat” that was outta here ! And if Marte keeps this up, the Buccos are for real.

  • PirateTom

    I know the timing is convenient, with John McDonald struggling the way he is right now but what do you think the chances are that we eventually release McDonald and bring up Mercer for some decent playing time? And if so when do you think it could happen? Mercer is obviously our future SS as of right now and with the year he is having so far I think he might be in a good place to see if he can carry that hitting over to the big league level. I was just never a big fan of the McDonald signing in the first place, I think we have enough of a veteran presence without him personally with Inge, Barmes, Burnett, etc. and think Mercer gives us an opportunity to improve our lineup.

  • Y2JGQ2

    I really think that with Inge, McDonald is useless although his defense is the reason why he is there, any offense is a plus as far as hurdle is concerned. We really don’t want Mercer sitting on the bench, so until we decide to at least platoon Barmes… reason to bring up Mercer and DFA McDonald, but maybe DFA mcdonald and bringing up de jesus would make sense

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