Game 20: Pirates 4, Braves 2

The Pirates took the second game of the four-game set against the Atlanta Braves.

Erik Bedard was looking good in his first Buccos win.  Bedard threw five solid innings, allowing one run on five hits while striking out nine.  Chris Resop, who came in to pitch the sixth, looked shaky out there, and let a run score on two hits, throwing 28 pitches.  Juan Cruz has been outstanding this season and continued the trend in this game,  letting just one batter get a hit on him.  Jason Grilli came in and struck out the side on 15 pitches (nine strikes), for which I made a grilled cheese.  Joel Hanrahan came in to save the game for Erik Bedard and struck out the first two batters he faced.  The final batter, Eric Hinske, hit a fly ball to right center that looked to be at least off the wall, but Jose Tabata made the catch at the yellow line.

On the hitting side, they finally got Bedard the run support that he needed.  Alex Presley extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a single to left field in the first inning.  Pedro Alvarez hit two doubles, one down the left field foul line and the other off the right field wall, and Rod Barajas was 1-2 while being intentionally walked twice.  The Buccos left 13 runners on base, however, something they will need to work on.

Raise the jolly roger.

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