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Pedro Alvarez’s eighth-inning RBI single helps Pirates take 2-1 lead in NLDS

Oct 6, 2013, 7:39 PM EDT

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Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez finished the 2013 regular season with a .180/.252/.286 line against left-handed pitching. Not exactly his cup of tea. But he came through in a big spot against lefty reliever Kevin Siegrist, delivering a tie-breaking RBI single to right, putting the Pirates up 4-3 in the eighth inning. Siegrist, by the way, finished the regular season with a 0.45 ERA in 39.2 innings.

The Cardinals made Game 3 of the NLDS a seesaw affair. After the Pirates went up 2-0 in the first inning on a two-run single by Marlon Byrd, post-season legend Carlos Beltran delivered a two-run single of his own in the fifth. The Pirates went ahead in the sixth inning on a sacrifice fly by Russell Martin. But the Cardinals tied it right back up in the top of the eighth when Carlos Beltran blasted a solo home run to right-center off of Mark Melancon, leaving the score at three apiece.

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny went to right-handed reliever Carlos Martinez to start the bottom of the eighth. Andrew McCutchen led off with a double down the left field line, putting the Pirates in great position to take the lead, but he made a base running error when Justin Morneau hit a sharp grounder to the left side. Shortstop Pete Kozma had him dead to rights, making an easy throw to third for the tag. Pirates manager Clint Hurdle brought in Josh Harrison to pinch-run for Justin Morneau. Marlon Byrd drew a walk to put runners on first and second with out out. With Alvarez due up, Matheny — smartly — went to Siegrist, knowing the numbers were overwhelmingly in his favor.

The post-season famously a small sample size affair and Alvarez showed the magic of it when he came through against Siegrist with an RBI single. Russell Martin followed up with a line drive RBI single to left. Closer Jason Grilli came on in the ninth inning, working around a lead-off single by Matt Adams to nail down the save.

The Pirates will look to advance to the NLCS with a victory tomorrow in Game 4 against the Cardinals. Cardinals starter Michael Wacha will oppose Pirates starter Charlie Morton.

  1. chill1184 - Oct 6, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    Congrats to the Pirates

    So is it “Raise the Jolly Rogah?!” am I doing it right?

    • theageofquarrel - Oct 6, 2013 at 7:51 PM

      YES!! yes you are

      • johninpa - Oct 6, 2013 at 7:53 PM

        Absolutely, you’re doing fine. If you want to add a little local dialect, you could say “Raise the Jolley Roger, yinz”.

      • theageofquarrel - Oct 6, 2013 at 8:26 PM

        Or Raise the Jolly Roger N’at.
        Or Are Yinz Raising The Jolly Roger n’at

  2. Tyler - Oct 6, 2013 at 7:44 PM

    The Pirates went blow for blow with one of the best hitting teams in the league. Talk about a confidence builder!

    One more win :) Go Pirates!

  3. theageofquarrel - Oct 6, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    RAISE THE JOLLY ROGAH!!!!!!

    LETS GO BUCS!!!!!!!

  4. apkyletexas - Oct 6, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    Between the last two innings of this game and the final quarter of the Broncos 51-48 win over the Cowboys, this was a legendary afternoon of channel flipping.

  5. paperlions - Oct 6, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    This didn’t turn out how I had hoped, but it was a fun game to watch.

    Funny, the Cardinals entire season now comes down to a kid they drafted last year.

    • okwhitefalcon - Oct 6, 2013 at 8:22 PM

      Indeed.

      And that pick was made possible with Albert’s signing with the Angels.

      Gotta love baseball.

    • gibbyfan - Oct 6, 2013 at 8:24 PM

      That’s part of the problem Paper –With what the Cards lost this year it would have to considered a miracle that they got this far –Ive been around a long time but cant ever recall a post season contender losing 3 of 4 starting pitchers, a closer, at least two quality relievers (through surgery and meltdowns) a starting SS and now going into the ps without their top RBI man —which brings them to the situation you mention…….their season depending on a pitcher who started the season in the minors……….Not taking anything away from the Bucs–with that payroll I will be rooting for them if the Cards can’t be there —But just keeping thngs in perspective –just a healthy Furcal,Carp,Mott and Craig–things might have been different —SO congrats to both teams

    • historiophiliac - Oct 6, 2013 at 8:30 PM

      Kozma!

  6. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Oct 6, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    Clint Hurdle has Jupiter sized testicles, suicide squeeze call with Martin at the plate!

    • johninpa - Oct 6, 2013 at 10:30 PM

      “Jupiter sized testicles”. Now that’s funny.

    • paperlions - Oct 7, 2013 at 7:45 AM

      That might be why is face is purple.

  7. janknessgv - Oct 6, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    If the Cardinals can’t beat Charlie Morton with the season on the line we never stood a chance to win it all to begin with.

  8. holeinone09 - Oct 6, 2013 at 8:31 PM

    Beat ‘em Bucs! The Green Weenie will rise again!

    • happytwinsfan - Oct 6, 2013 at 8:38 PM

      scared to ask, but what’s the green weenie?

      • holeinone09 - Oct 6, 2013 at 8:44 PM

        The Green Weenie was a good luck tchotsky invented I believe by legendary Pirate broadcaster Bob Prince. Think Terrible Towel, but in the shape of a pickle! Yes, I am old LOL.

      • drone501 - Oct 7, 2013 at 10:25 AM

        the green weenie was invented by announcer bob prince like the previous fellow stated. it was invented during the 1966 season when the pirates played there butts off that summer, won like 15 games in a row and were eliminated from the pennant race on the last weekend of the 66 series. i was a 26 year ols then and had never forgotten that year. they even beat drysdale and koufax in a double header 1 to 0 both games.

    • happytwinsfan - Oct 6, 2013 at 8:52 PM

      i’m old too. relieved to learn that no sexual innuendo is involved

      yet another reason why the children of destiny will prevail against the persistently competent evil cadinal empire

    • stlouis1baseball - Oct 7, 2013 at 9:00 AM

      Since I was a kid…when someone is feeling bad I have always heard “so…you got the green weiner huh.” Never in the context in which you used it. As they say…you learn something new every day.

  9. louhudson23 - Oct 7, 2013 at 12:23 AM

    Post season is where success and poor play are magnified….and numbers become near meaningless….put away the Excel and enjoy watching the games….true as ever..”the play is the thing”…

  10. stew48 - Oct 7, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    …”wherein they catch the conscience of the king”. Great to hear Bob Prince’s name mentioned. Didn’t the “green weenie” (pickle) used to be on Pittsburgh’s Heinz bottle?

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