Pittsburgh 4, Washington 2

Boxscore | Recap
Wednesday, May 9, 2012 7:05 PM
Location - PNC Park
Temperature - 63°
Umpires - Home Plate - Gerry Davis, First Base - Phil Cuzzi, Second Base - Greg Gibson, Third Base - Victor Carapazza,
Attendance - 11478

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 X R H E
Washington 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 2 5 0
Pittsburgh 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 1 4 8 2

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Washington 18-12 12-4 6-8 L3
Pittsburgh 14-16 8-6 6-10 W2

Recap


Pirates 4, Nationals 2: Andrew McCutchen went 4-for-4 with a homer to help host Pittsburgh beat Washington for the second straight night.

McCutchen had a run-scoring single in a three-run third inning and hit a solo shot in the eighth as the Pirates won back-to-back games for the first time since April 17-18.

Jason Grilli worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth by fanning Danny Espinoza and Rick Ankiel, and Joel Hanrahan allowed two baserunners in the ninth before retiring rookie phenom Bryce Harper on a fly ball and striking out Ryan Zimmerman for his sixth save.

The Nationals have lost three consecutive games but remained in first place in the National League East by percentage points over the Atlanta Braves, who lost earlier Wednesday.

Pirates starter Erik Bedard left in the top of the second inning due to back spasms. Bedard grimaced noticeably after throwing a pitch to Adam LaRoche and was replaced by Brad Lincoln (2-0), who struck out four in three innings.

Pittsburgh’s third-inning uprising began when Lincoln reached first base after striking out on a wild pitch by Ross Detwiler (3-2). Jose Tabata singled Lincoln to third and the pitcher scored on Neil Walker’s single.

McCutchen followed with a single to score Tabata, and Walker scored when Pedro Alvarez hit into a fielder’s choice.

Washington scored an unearned run in the fourth on Xavier Nady’s single to right-center field. An error by Alvarez had prolonged the inning.

The Nationals pulled within 3-2 in the seventh when Espinoza hit a leadoff double and scored on Chad Tracy’s sacrifice fly.

Detwiler allowed three and seven hits in six innings.

GAME NOTEBOOK: McCutchen also had four hits against the Arizona Diamondbacks on April 17. … Nationals reliever Craig Stammen allowed McCutchen’s homer, only second earned run he has permitted in 12 appearances this season. … Grilli has struck out 22 batters in just 12 innings. … Harper went hitless for the fourth time in 10 games since his recall.

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
Washington   Pittsburgh
Ross Detwiler Player Erik Bedard
Loss W/L No Decision
6.0 IP 1.0
4 Strikeouts 0
7 Hits 0
4.50 ERA 0.00
Hitting
Washington   Pittsburgh
Ian Desmond Player Andrew McCutchen
2 Hits 4
0 RBI 2
0 HR 1
3 TB 7
.400 Avg 1.000

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Washington 5 0 8 .156 20 11 2 5 1 0
Pittsburgh 8 1 11 .250 7 6 4 0 0 2

Upcoming Games

  • Pittsburgh will play their next game at home against Washington. The Pirates have a W/L % of .231 after a win and .647 after a loss.
  • Washington will play their next game on the road against Pittsburgh. The Nationals have a W/L % of .722 after a win and .417 after a loss.