Pedro Alvarez remains 5th in the NL in home runs. (Photo Credit: David Hague)

Clint Hurdle is fond of saying that Pedro Alvarez can change the game with one swing of the bat, and I am fond of quoting Clint Hurdle saying that Pedro Alvarez can change the game with one swing of the bat.

In the Pirates' 5-3 win Thursday over the Cincinnati Reds, Alvarez changed the game three different times. Let's break out those fancy bullet points:

3rd Inning: Alvarez steps in to face Homer Bailey with two runners on and two outs. When he faced the same situation in the first inning, he whiffed on two Bailey fastballs to end the frame. This time, he lines a fastball above the belt into right field to score Andrew McCutchen and tie the score 1-1.

6th Inning: With the Pirates trailing 2-1, ...

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