The Pirates' offense jumped on starter Cliff Lee and the Phillies' relievers for 14 hits for a 6-4 win Thursday afternoon. Add in the fact that manager Clint Hurdle made far more of the right moves than his counterpart Charlie Manuel, and the Bucs wrapped a key four-game series win.
Gaby Sanchez hit his third homer of the season, trailing only Pedro Alvarez (4) in long balls. Photo Credit: David Hague
This is not a game the Pirates would have won last April. They didn't even reach 14 hits in a game last year until June 27. Posting 10 hits on Lee is certainly not unprecedented (four teams did it last year), but the feat is not something the 2012 Pirates would have accomplished early in the year. This time around they have Travis Snider, Starling Marte and Gaby Sanchez, plus a Pedro Al...
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