With the Pirates in need of a strong start to help them break out of a post-All Star break mini-funk, Erik Bedard gave them 6 2/3 innings in thin air of Colorado tonight, which turned out to be plenty good for an offense that finally showed some real life after a strange set of post-ASB games. I'm not sure I'd say Bedard is "back" based on his work tonight (four strikeouts and four walks in 6 2/3, eight hits, he got bailed out by some double plays and some luck and by the Rockies swinging at a lot of pitches) but he was a little better than he'd been before the break and he made one of his longest starts of the year in one of the hardest places to pitch in the National League. That's a start.
On the flip side of things, the Pirates looked pretty good at the plate against Christian Friedrich. Andrew McCutchen hit an absolute bomb of a home run (to left field this time!) to get the Pirates on the board and the Bucs used a four-run fifth to open up a lead for good. That rally was pretty run of the mill type stuff, but after a weekend of strikeouts and last night's impotent performance against Jeff Francis, I'll take a solid six run, nine hit, five walk game happily.
The Pirates have 50 wins in their first 90 games for the first time since 1992, when they got their 50th win in their 89th game.
So '.500 is not the goal' is just a thing we all said when .500 was out of reach, right? B/c i'm definitely gonna celebrate win #82
With their 50th win tonight, the Pirates need 32 for a winning season, just like Lou Brown's Indians in 'Major League.' I just wonder if there's a life-sized cutout of Margaret Whitton in the clubhouse so that "Everytime we win, we peel a section..."
@Andy Coulter Let's hope it's not a cutout of Bob Nutting. I mean, I'm sure he's in really good shape for his age, what with all the skiing he does up in Seven Springs, but that'd still be a tad bit disturbing.
Now, a life-sized cutout of Anna Benson...