Game 160: Fish Score Once as Alvarez, Snyder Power Bucs

Pittsburgh’s pitcher limited Florida to just six hits and a tally. The offense got homers from Pedro Alvarez and Chris Snyder. Put it all together and you get a road win!

Pirates starter Daniel McCutchen gave up a two out triple to Logan Morrison in the first inning. Dan Uggla followed with an RBI singled. Florida would gather just four more knocks and no more runs in the next 8-1/3 innings.

Alvarez tied the game with a homer leading off the top of the second. Snyder’s homer came three innings later and brought home Ronny Cedeno, who had singled leading off the fifth inning against Florida starter Adalberto Mendez.

Pittsburgh collected three straight singles of Mendez with one out in the sixth inning. The last single – from Brandon Moss – scored a run and sent Medez to the showers. Burke Badenhop relieved and gave up an RBI single to Cedeno.

McCutchen was lifted for a pinch hitter in the fifth and Chan Ho Park struck out six in three hitless innings of relief to get the win. Evan Meek and Joel Hanrahan finished off the win.

McCutchen went four innings and gave up a run on five hits. He struck out two and walked one. Mendez took the loss. He was charged with all five runs in 5-1/3. He gave up seven hits.

The Good
Alvarez had two hits inlcuding his homer.

Cedeno, Neil Walker and Andrew McCutchen each had two hits.

No complaints at all about the ball chucking.

The Bad
Alvarez committed his 17th error on the year.

The Rest
This was the fifth career appearance for Mendez against anyone and the first time he faced Pittsburgh. McCutchen had not allowed an earned run against Florida in two previous relief outings. This was his first start against the Marlins.

The Pirates had by far their best offensive month of the year in September, scoring 15 more runs than in any other month of the season.

Alvarez and Tabata both extended their hitting streaks.

Analysis
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