19 july 2014
The Pirates and Colorado Rockies may in any case be playing if Jared Hughes had not caught Charlie Blackmon’s rankling line drive in the eleventh inning Saturday.
“I don’t know whether he caught it or it caught him,” Pirates administrator Clint Hurdle said with a laugh.
Hughes trapped the show off, which set off a rally-murdering twofold play. In the bottom of the inning, Jordy Mercer’s stroll off twofold lifted the Pirates to a 3-2 rebound triumph against the Rockies.
Neil Walker wound a leadoff single up the center off Rockies reliever Chad Bettis (0-2). Chris Stewart relinquished Walker to a respectable halfway point. Pedro Alvarez was deliberately strolled. Mercer lined a 1-0 fastball into focus field to win it.
“In minutes like that, you need to ease off, investigate something to drive,” Mercer said. “It’s so difficult, on the grounds that everyone’s amped up. This is the way we are. We pound out wins.”
Hughes (5-2) got away from a jam in the highest point of the inning. With runners on the corners and one out, Blackmon seared a liner up the center. The Pirates were in a movement, so the main thing between the ball and an enormous patch of focus field grass was Hughes’ glove.
“(Blackmon) hit the blazes out of it, and it went directly into my glove,” Hughes said. “I didn’t have at whatever time to respond. It simply went in there. Despite the fact that I viewed the replay, and it looked like possibly I moved my glove a tiny bit, I don’t recollect that.”
Charlie Culberson had strayed a couple of feet off the third base pack, so it was not a troublesome play to twofold him up. Hughes threw the ball to Alvarez, who made the tag.
“The ball was hit so hard, I think it surprised everybody,” Hughes said. “It’s hard for the baserunner.”
Trailing 2-1 in the eighth, the Pirates stacked the bases with one out. Josh Harrison and Andrew Mccutchen strolled. Russell Martin singled destitute between third base and short.
Walker lined the first pitch from reliever Tommy Kahnle into right field. Harrison scored, yet Mccutchen was tossed out by right fielder Carlos Gonzalez.
“The main way you’re going to get Mccutchen is to get it there buzzing around,” Hurdle said.
The Pirates took a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning against left-hander Brett Anderson.
Walker moved a twofold down the third standard. Gaby Sanchez, who has begun four of the previous five amusements from the get go base, hit a liner over the head of left fielder Corey Dickerson. The ball one-bounced the divider for a book-run twofold, and Walker scored.
Then again, the Pirates didn’t get any more footing against Anderson after Sanchez’s RBI twofold. Anderson set down the last 10 hitters he confronted, six of them by means of strikeout.
Anderson went seven innings and scored eight strikeouts, two short of his vocation high. He permitted four hits and strolled one.
Nolan Arenado begun the seventh inning with a twofold to the hole in right-focus field. Gonzalez then jolted a 2-2 curveball from Morton over the Clemente Wall to give the Rockies a 2-1 edge.
In his vocation against Morton, Gonzalez is 5 for 12 (.417) with two strolls and four Rbis.
“The curveball’s been there for me all year. I simply didn’t execute it there,” Morton said. “Also, he’s a great hitter.”
It was the ninth homer of the season for Gonzalez, who bobbed once again in the wake of striking out in each of the five of his at-bats in Friday’s amusement.
Morton worked seven innings and yielded five hits. He strolled one and struck out three.