Stephen Strasburg struck out 13 Pirates in six innings, and the Nationals used three homeruns to avoid a sweep and down the Bucs 4-2 at PNC Park on Thursday night. Andrew McCutchen and Neil Walker drove in the two Pittsburgh runs.
Facing a team the second time around is always tougher. That was the case for Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg tonight.
Andrew McCutchen was 4-for-4 with his second homerun in as many nights, leading the Pirates to a 4-2 win over the Washington Nationals on Wednesday. Brad Lincoln and four other relievers held the Nats to one earned run over 8 innings after starter Erik Bedard was lifted in the second due to back spasms.
n the words of manager Clint Hurdle, the Pirates’ bullpen has been “resilient.”“Tonight they bent, but they didn’t break,” said Hurdle of the variety of relievers the Pirates used on Wednesday even
Rod Barajas lined a one-on, two-out pitch over the left-field wall to cap a crazy ninth inning, as the Pirates rallied in their final at bat to beat the Washington Nationals 5-4. A.J. Burnett fanned 10 to lead the Bucs and Andrew McCutchen and Garrett Jones each hit solo homeruns.
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