Orioles Throttle Pirates

After winning 12 of their past 15 games, the Pirates have lost their past two games, allowing eight and seven runs, respectively.

For the second night in a row, the Pirates’ pitching was horrendous. Kevin Correia, who started the game, went six innings, although he should have been taken out sooner, allowing five runs, four earned, on ten hits while walking one. Coming in for relief, Tony Watson was not much better, allowing two earned runs on two hits in his one inning. Joel Hanrahan was the only Pirate pitcher to not allow a run, although he did allow an Oriole hit.

Jose Tabata and Alex Presley lead the offensive strike tonight, both having two hits in three and five at bats and both doubling. Pedro Alvarez went 0-for-4, likely cementing his spot on the bench for the remaining game of this series and the three-game set in Cleveland. Casey McGehee hit his seventh double of the season in his 2-for-4 performance. Each starter except Alex Presley struck out tonight in an incredible 11 strikeout performance by the Orioles pitching staff.

Hopefully the Pirates can salvage the series tomorrow and win at least two in the Cleveland series.

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