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Pedro Alvarez has four homers in two days

Jun 17, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

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Former No. 2 overall draft pick Pedro Alvarez doesn’t show signs of life often, but he’s put on a display in Cleveland the last two days, smacking two homers in back-to-back games.

The Pirates third baseman also doubled in the 9-5 win over the Indians today, giving him his first three-hit game since April 21, 2011. He’s raised his average from .189 to .207 the last two days.

Alvarez became the first player this year to have two straight multihomer games. Mike Napoli was the only player to do it in 2011. It wasn’t the first time Alvarez had ever done it, though; he was one of two players to perform the feat in 2010 (Carlos Quentin being the other).

Unfortunately, the homers are pretty much all Alvarez has going for him this season. He’s up to 12 in 193 at-bats, but his on-base percentage is a dreadful .271. Prior to this weekend, he was in a slump that had seen him hit .143 with just one homer in his previous 33 games.

  1. billymc75 - Jun 17, 2012 at 4:22 PM

    Call me when he has four in one game..

    • dan1111 - Jun 17, 2012 at 4:34 PM

      A decent season would be even better.

  2. ironcity6pak - Jun 17, 2012 at 9:40 PM

    Just get on base man.

    • iclight79 - Jun 17, 2012 at 10:38 PM

      Or drive the guys in who are on base, and maybe a few productive outs wouldn’t be so bad either. Dude Ks a ton. If Pedro was even 80 percent of what he was projected to be out of college, we would be able to hang with the Reds and Cards this season.

  3. joj0420 - Jun 18, 2012 at 7:20 AM

    your not to smart are ya? pirates have been hanging around the top 3 in the division pretty much all season.

  4. napoleonblownapart6887 - Jun 18, 2012 at 9:17 AM

    I love seeing that kind of power out of El Tauro (sp?) but ultimately, if he wants to be more than an Adam Dunn/Mark Reynolds type of guy he’s going to have to improve his pitch recognition. It was evident yesterday that when he gets the pitch he wants or is looking for he can hammer it – but just being able to distinguish the fastballs from the breaking balls would help him a TON.

  5. hushbrother - Jun 18, 2012 at 1:56 PM

    Alvarez always looks sad. Maybe these home runs will cheer him up.

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