Game 25: Pirates 6, Cardinals 3

The Pirates were able to avoid the sweep today, winning the final game by  the score of 6-3.  For the third time in the last four games, the Buccos have scored six or more runs.

The pitching was great after a shaky start.  Erik Bedard had 11 strikeouts for the first time since 2004, when Oliver Perez did it against the Houston Astros.  Jared Hughes and Juan Cruz, who pitched the sixth and seventh, respectively, each struck out one batter, and Jason Grilli and Joel Hanrahan made two batters whiff.  The total number of strikeouts, 17, is a Pirates record in a nine-inning ballgame.  The control was a big problem today, as the pitchers allowed as many batters on base via the walk as the batters reaching base on hits.

The bats have stayed hot, scoring six runs for the third time of the previous four.  Pedro Alvarez hit his seventh home run of the season in the sixth inning.  Jose Tabata, Garrett Jones, and Casey McGehee all hit their fourth doubles on the season, and Clint Barmes hit two, bringing his total to six.  Jose Tabata stole his fourth base of the season in the seventh.  Clint Barmes committed yet another error, this time his sixth, but made up for it with his two ribbies.

While the Pirates lost the series, they still had enough pride to avoid the sweep after an embarrassing 12-3 loss yesterday.  The Pirates will take on another division rival, the Reds, in the net series starting tomorrow night at 7:05 PM.

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