Alvarez struck out three times tonight and hit into a double play.
There will be better days for Pedro Alvarez. There will be - and already have been in his short career - stellar days. This was not one of them. Alvarez whiffed three times and hit into a double play as the Pirates offense came up a run short.
Everything started out well. Lyle Overbay launched his first homer as a Pirate in the first inning with Jose Tabata aboard. James McDonald allowed no hits through three innings. But the Pirates would get no more runs and the Redbirds would put together three single run innings to take the lead.
In the fourth Lance Berkman doubled and came home on an Allen Craig single. McDonald benefited from a 4-6-3 DP to ease out of further trouble. One inning later, consecutive singles put...
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