Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander Edinson Volquez went 11 days between his last start of the first half and his first start of the second half. Rust from the time off showed as the Los Angeles Dodgers scored five runs off him between the third and fourth innings, all the offense they needed in a 5-2 victory against the Pirates.
“I think too many days between starts,” Volquez said. “Everything was off today.”
The loss ends a 6-game home winning streak for the Pirates.
Jordy Mercer stepped in the batter’s box with men on first and second with one out in the home half of the 11th inning. He had a chance to win the ballgame for the Pittsburgh Pirates, despite a 0 for 3 performance to that point.
Colorado reliever Chad Bettis intentionally walked Pedro Alvarez before Mercer, setting up a force at any base.
The Pittsburgh Pirates were able to overcome defensive miscues and a late Colorado lead to begin the second half of their season with a 4-2 victory against the Rockies. The go-ahead run came on a pinch-hit RBI double by Travis Snider.
Manager Clint Hurdle has relied on Snider as a pinch-hitter all season and the reserve unit was at the forefront of the win.
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