Coming off a three game streak of the Nationals, I was worried because the Pirates have always given the Cards problems. With Lance Lynn always unpredictable and Jonathan Sanchez not very good snd due, those feelings were intensified. Seems I had little to worry about. Four batters in, Matty Carp and Beltran had homered, Holliday singled and and Sanchez was out of the game after drilling Craig. (Sanchez was later suspended for six games.) Lance Lynn pitched one helluva game, striking out nine in seven innings and upping his record to 4-0. The Pirates bullpen kept it close until the Cards blew it open in the eighth. Mitchell Boggs, though continued to struggle, loading the bases with one out, Matheny then brought in Randy Choate who came in to get a double play.
After Craig was hit, Lynn hit the same player twice, drawing the ire of the Pirates and another of their coaches were thrown out. Craig was brushed back as was Lance Lynn. My belief is that Craig was hit unintentional and that Sanchez shouldn’t have been tossed.
The bats are starting to come around. Craig is close to swatting homeruns as is Holliday. Matty Carp keeps producing and it makes one believe that Freese needs to start hitting or he may lose his job when Kolten Wong comes up. Beltran banged two homeuns last night to give him six on the year.
Good starting pitching, timely hitting, and a bullpen that is slowly coming around makes for one very good time. My concern is Mitchell Boggs. I have no doubts he’s going to bounce back, I just hope it’s soon. Next up; Jake Westbrook looks for career win 100 against AJ Burnett.