Pittsburgh Pirates’ starter Brad Lincoln continues to impress when given the opportunity to step on the mound. Monday night against the Florida Marlins, in a start, Lincoln shined again allowing two runs on four hits in six innings pitched.
It was his third victory of the season.
Pittsburgh only managed six hits, but it was the timeliness of those hits that made the difference. Pedro Alvarez’s double in the sixth inning is the perfect example.
Two innings after Florida tied the score at two, Alvarez doubled to deep center. The double scored Andrew McCutchen.
Pittsburgh wouldn’t look back after that, holding on to the one-run advantage. Solid pitching mixed with timely hitting is how you wins games when your offense doesn’t have the fire-power as most of the teams in the MLB.
Joel Hanrahan added his seventh save of the season in a perfect ninth frame.
Jose Tabata 1-4
Neil Walker 0-4
Andrew McCutchen 1-3, RBI
Pedro Alvarez 1-4, RBI
Casey McGehee 0-3, BB
Alex Presley 0-3, BB
Rod Barajas 2-3, RBI
Clint Barmes 1-3
Brad Lincoln 0-2
Yamaico Navarro 0-1
Pittsburgh will be looking to get back to .500 with a win on Tuesday night.