Corriea Solid as Pirates Snap Five Game Skid

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After losing a heart breaker on Saturday night by a walkoff error, the Pittsburgh Pirates snapped their five game losing streak by beating the San Francisco Giants, 4-1, on Sunday afternoon. The Bucs bats have been slow to start the season, but were able to plate four runs on eight hits with five walks off the Giants’ starter Ryan Vogelsong and the bullpen.

Right-hander Kevin Correia allowed one run on three hits over 6.0 innings. He walked one and struck out two while throwing 91 pitches, 62 for strikes. Correia kept the ball down in the zone, getting 13 of his outs via the groundball.

The lone run that Correia allowed came in the 5th frame. Correia gave up a leadoff double to Brandon Belt. He took a 2-2 slider just out of reach of Garrett Jones at first, who made a jumping catch, but the ball reflected off his glove and into right field. After advancing to third on a groundout, Belt scored on a Emmanuel Burriss RBI groundout to short.

Correia retired seven straight to start his second outing of the season before giving up a line drive ripped up the right side by Burriss. The third and final hit Correia allowed over his outing came with two outs in the 6th frame –a single to center by Pablo Sandoval.

After going down 1-2-3 to in the first frame, the club were able to push two runs across the plate off Vogelsong in the 2nd. Garrett Jones took a 1-0 change-up for a leadoff homer to right field. It marked Jones’ first long ball of the 2012 season.  Neil Walker followed with a base knock into left field. With one out, Clint Barmes singled and Michael McKenry walked to load the bases.

In the first five games of this trip, the Pirates had gone just 1-for-21 with runners in scoring position. Alex Presley, however, was able to come through with RISP  by hitting an infield single to second, his second infield RBI hit this season.

The Bucs scored two more runs off the Giants’ relievers in the 8th. Andrew McCutchen leadoff the inning with a base hit, and Casey McGhee, who replaced Garrett Jones at first base, took the first pitch he saw for a knock into center. Neil Walker laid down a sac bunt to advance the runners, but third baseman Sandoval’s throw to first sailed into the seats allowing McCutchen to score and McGehee to advance to third. Josh Harrison, who pinch-hit for Alvarez,  laid down a perfect squeeze play to score McGehee for the second run of the inning.

Closer Joel Hanrahan pitched a scoreless 9th inning with two walks. He picked up his first save in as many chances of the season. With the 4-1 win, the Pirates improve to 3-6 on the season.


Game Notes:

  • Relief — Jared Hughes: IP, H; Jason Grilli: IP, H, BB, K; Joel Hanrahan: IP, 2BB
  • For the first time this season, the Pirates had the lead after 6.0 innings.
  • Patience at the plate: Catcher Michael McKenry drew three of the club’s five walks on the day. The Pirates had just three free bases over their three games prior.
  • Right-fielder Jose Tabata went 0-for-5, which included stranding a combined seven on the bases. In both the second and sixth frames, Tabata came to the plate with two outs. He grounded out and struck out in those two at-bats. Tabata is batting just .133 this season.

  • Going to be tough to take Correia out of the rotation when Burnett gets back – he’s looked better than anybody else so far.  Maybe they should just go with a 6 man rotation and try to keep everybody fresh further into the season.

  • I’m not giving up on Tabata… just because we are 9 games into the season doesn’t mean we can come to conclusions for the rest of his career.  If he gets hot, nobody will be talking about his bad start in a week.

    • I was impressed with Tabata at the begining of last year when he was hitting sizzling line drives into the gaps but since then it seems like all his hits are weak flairs to right field.

  • Tabata doesn’t look good, that’s for sure.  But there are options in the outfield.  Pedro piled up 2 more whiffs.  It’s not everyone who can whiff at that rate.  Harrison will be the starting 3rdbaseman before you know it.

  • Remember when people were saying that Tabata got screwed with the contract he signed…………….guess who is laughing now?..15 big ones and he never has to get another hit and it looks like that is his goal. Him and Barajas,Pedro,Overbay,Diaz and countless others including Barmes who can’t hit… throw….or catch have or will have cleared MILLIONS for ..Nada… ahh life is great for under achievers.

    I wonder if all of the millionaires who didn’t have to lift a leg to ……well… never mind……anyway I wonder if all of these “Ballplayers” will someday host a dinner or golf tournament  for Neal to thank him for providing that trough that they drank from while only having to show up and punch the clock.

    • Glad we didn’t sign Pujols.  That dude sucks so far this year.

      • Yeah thats the same argument that a guy brought up the other day when he recalled that Ted Williams once went 1 for 19 the year he hit  .400. Unfortunatly we don’t have a Williams or a Puljols with their track record.

        • I wasn’t arguing that we did have a Pujols.  I was arguing that it’s awfully silly to act like a drama queen after one week.

          • Typical …can’t make an argument so you hide on the net and call people names….real man, arn’t you .

  • To make matters worse, Tabata not only is looking lost at the plate but also I was thinking when is the last time I recall Tabata really stroking a ball off the barrel? I’ve become so accustomed to seeing him hitting those tappers that I’m beginning to wonder if he even remembers how to drive the ball. He’s another of the really young players so by no means am I rushing to judge his future, but I have to ask the question again: Is he the best player we currently have available to play that position full time? I know that McClouth has plenty of motivation and perhaps this is another possible platoon situation. Play McClouth against the righties, and Tabata against the lefties, I mean if it works at 1b then there’s no reason to think it can’t work in RF. 
    Good to see the team pull out a victory though, and put the sails right before the series against Arizona. 

    •  Who is “McClouth”?

    • I also remember thinking what a coup that Neal pulled off by wresting away Tabata from the Yankees. I guess Cashman isn’t as dumb as his wife says he is.

      ………Note to myself…….

      Stop believeing ” Experts”, ‘specially ones who are Pirate fans.