Alex Presley homered in back-to-back games, but nobody cared.
Pedro Alvarez was the big story in Cleveland this weekend, overcoming recent talk that he should be sent back down to the minors, by hitting two home runs on Saturday and then two more on Sunday. His six RBIs on Sunday helped the Pirates take the rubber match over the city’s number one rival by a 9-5 score.
None of it would’ve happened without Asdrubal Cabrera, though.
Timely hitting put the Indians up 2-0 early, with both runs coming on two-out hits off lackluster starter Brad Lincoln.
Jason Kipnis made a heck of a play with the shift on for Garret Jones to force Andrew McCutchen at second base for the second out in the fourth inning. Casey McGhee worked the count in his at-bat and grounded to the shortstop Cabrera who airmailed his throw to first base into the front row.
Pedro Alvarez drove the next pitch over the right field fence to put the Buccos up 3-2.
It didn’t last long though. In the bottom of the inning: single, groundout, walk, double, runs, Cleveland leads 4-3, Lincoln exits.
The poor start was quickly forgotten when Alex Presley drove a 396-footer over the right field fence to tie it right back up in the top of the fifth.
That was followed by two walks and a double to load the bases for Casey McGhee. He once again grounded a routine ball to Cabrera… who once again screwed it up. Cabrera bobbled the ball for one error, allowing one run to score, then made a poor attempt to get the force out at second base, which allowed Cutch to score from second base on the errant throw.
Alvarez’s homer followed that to put the Bucs up 9-4. Four of the Pirates runs were unearned.
Pedro finished the day going 3-for-4 with two homers, a double, six RBIs, and two runs scored.
Lincoln finished the day having thrown 67 pitches in 3.1 innings to give up four earned runs and only striking out two. Most of his eight hits were hit hard. He’s bounced back and forth from rotation to bullpen so far and if his starts continue to look like this, the ping pong probably won’t stop anytime soon.
The Pirates have an off day tomorrow before the Minnesota Twins come into town for a three-game interleague series. The win keeps them above .500 at 34-31, and in second place, four games behind Cincinnati.