Game 21: Pirates 3, Braves 4

The Pirates really embarrassed themselves in all three areas of the game.

The pitching was not its usual self.  Kevin Correia, who has been good on the road with the Pirates, only went 4 1/3 innings today.  In those 4.1 innings, Correia allowed eleven runners to reach base, four from hits, five from walks, and two errors, and allowed three of the four runs scored in the game.  Brad Lincoln, who came in the game to relieve Correia, went two full innings and allowed a home run to Martin Prado in the seventh.  Tony Watson retired two batters on five pitches to end the seventh inning.  Evan Meek came in to pitch the eighth, and allowed one hit in the inning.

The batting continued to be miserable, having a batting average under .230 yet again, and continued the 21-game long streak of not scoring more than five runs.  Alex Presley’s 12-game hitting streak came to a halt today as Presley went 0-4, striking out twice, but walking once.  Jose Tabata did his part in an attempt to win the Pirates’ tenth game of the season, going 3-5, playing a part in all runs scored by the Buccos today, with two RBI and one run scored on a passed ball by catcher Brian McCann (though replay would later show that the pitch hit batter Garrett Jones, who swung at the ball anyways).  The Pirates hit four doubles in the game, by Neil Walker, Garrett Jones, Pedro Alvarez, and Jose Tabata in the third, fifth, eighth, and ninth, respectively.

While three runs scored off of Kevin Correia, only two were earned due to two errors by Andrew McCutchen and Pedro Alvarez, both in the third inning.  Pitcher Tim Hudson hit a routine fly ball to McCutchen, who simply dropped the ball.  Hudson would go on to score the Braves’ first run of the game.  Hudson advanced from second to third on a fielding error by Pedro Alvarez, who lost a ground ball in his chest.

Winning pitcher: Tim Hudson (1-0)

Losing pitcher: Kevin Correia (1-1)

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