Pirates Win Their Thirtieth, #PackPNC Accomplished

The Pirates achieved their 30th win of the season in their 57th game, the most they have won through 57 games since their last playoff appearance in 1992.

The offense sustained its pressure on opposing pitchers, collecting ten hits in 31 at-bats, hitting .323, while walking once. Garrett Jones and Pedro Alvarez hit their eighth and tenth doubles of the season, and Neil Walker, who had a huge night, going 3-4, surprisingly stole a base. Rod Barajas had the slide/flop of the season in the second inning, and Pedro Alvarez scored from third base while Jose Tabata was in a pickle between first and second on a picked off attempted steal. Tabata was also caught stealing in the sixth inning; he was TOOTBLAN, if you would. Clint Barmes was able to go 1-3 tonight, raising his batting average up to .194, and Pedro Alvarez drew the sole base on balls.

Erik Bedard bounced back from his last outing, going seven innings allowing just two runs on five hits and three walks while striking out five batters.  Though Bedard suffered from being inefficient through his first three innings, throwing 54 pitches, he was able to just throw 45 in his next four innings, finishing throwing 99 pitches, 69 of which were for strikes.  Jason Grilli was shut-down while setting up for Joel Hanrahan, striking out a batter in his one inning of work, and Hanrahan collected his 16th save of the season in dramatic fashion, striking out pinch hitter Clint Robinson with three straight curveballs in the dirt.

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