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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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.